Last year four explorers took an epic journey through the Florida outdoors. They traveled the entire length of the state to raise public awareness for the Florida Wildlife Corridor, a vision to connect what remains of the natural lands and waterways of Florida's interior. Expedition members documented the journey through photography, social media updates, special events along the way and a documentary film. It's called Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee, and is now showing on public television stations throughout the state.
The Brevard Wildlife Corridor Expedition's St. Johns River kayak paddle launched at Lake Washington in Melbourne. More about the paddle and the expedition here.
Brevard County's outdoor enthusiasts will have many opportunities to explore the county's natural areas during the first ever Brevard Wildlife Corridor Expedition, through April 21st. During the expedition local conservationists will lead participants on a series of outdoor excursions throughout the Space Coast. Organizers hope to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the county's natural places.
The First Amendment to the US Constitution bans restricting free exercise of religion, freedom of speech and peacefully assembling or petitioning. Many U.S. college students learn about the first amendment, but never experience life without it. Imagine not being allowed to choose what you eat for lunch, not being able to freely congregate with your friends or being forced to limit your conversations to only approved topics.
Recently, some Brevard County residents received a letter notifying them that some of their neighborhood birds were about to be captured and relocated to a conservation area. Partners in this effort - Brevard Zoo and state and federal wildlife services - say the move will be beneficial to the birds. For Florida scrub jays life in the suburbs is not always easy.
In recent years conservation funding in Florida has been cut by 97.5%. A coalition of volunteers has been busy collecting signatures across the state, in an attempt to get that funding back. The citizens and environmental groups behind this petition drive will need about a million signatures if the measure - known as Florida’s Water and Land Legacy amendment - is to make it to the 2014 ballot.