In a special ongoing series, WFIT has been following the journey of a team of conservationists thru Florida.The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition's mission is to connect natural and rural lands throughout the state, for the benefit of people and wildlife.
Along the first half of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition fair and mild weather prevailed. Recently, as the expedition passed a halfway point on the 1000 mile route, a bout of strong winds and rain storms made an inclement presence.
WFIT has been following the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition through the southern portion of the journey. Now the expedition is approaching Central Florida, and crossing through what crew member Carlton Ward Jr. calls, "An area of statewide and national concern."
Keeping the connection between South and North Florida is vital to the Florida panther, as these large carnivores need travel routes to find food and mates.