WFIT has been following the ongoing Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition on an outdoor adventure through the sunshine state. This team of conservationists is showcasing some of the state's unique landscapes while stressing the need for contiguity of wild and pastoral places.
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.
Black bears and panthers are two of Florida’s imperiled wildlife species. Both are facing a daunting obstacle to their survival: habitat fragmentation caused by development like roadways, subdivisions and shopping malls. By isolating habitats, human expansion jeopardizes genetic diversity in wildlife populations. Disease and hereditary defects are often the result.
On January 17, four conservationists embark on a 1000 mile expedition to raise awareness about the Florida Wildlife Corridor opportunity area.
Photojournalist Carlton Ward Jr., bear biologist Joe Guthrie, conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus will navigate through waterways, wetlands, farmlands and forests, making their way from the Everglades toward Okefenokee National Forest in southern Georgia.