WFIT Features

Environment and Science
12:03 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Expedition Reaches Destination; Wildlife Corridor Work Continues

Expedition members Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, Elam Stoltzfus, Carlton Ward JR., & Joe Guthrie

Blistered and bug-bitten, a group of conservationists reached their destination of Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia, on Earth Day. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team set out back in January, at the southern tip of Florida in the Everglades National Park. They made their way up through the sunshine state on foot, by paddle and occasionally on horseback. Their goal has been to garner attention for a vision to link Florida’s already existing protected natural areas, to lands with the potential to be protected.

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Environment and Science
11:42 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Makes Case For I-4 Wildlife Crossings

Biologists Guthrie & Smith identify vegetation in the median of I-4.

Imagine standing on the side of Interstate 4 trying to find an opportunity to cross as semi trucks whir by - only you don’t know exactly what these loud, fast monstrosities are, because in this scenario you are a bear. Maybe there’s a fresh food or water source on the other side of the highway, or you may have been evicted from your home territory by a bigger, stronger bear. Anyway, you’ve left the safety of the trees and have now come to face the dizzying bustle of the roadway.

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Environment and Science
2:02 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Florida Wildlife Corridor: Conservation With Benefits

Why should conserving a tract of wild and rural areas stretching the length of Florida matter to people? The answer is multi-faceted: Agriculture, economics, water and recreation.

Agriculture is the second biggest economy in our state, next to tourism. Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition co-leader, Carlton Ward Jr., explains that this project depends on farms, ranches and other private lands to connect already designated conservation areas.

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Environment and Science
12:51 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition At Archbold Biological Station

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. 

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Environment and Science
1:47 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

From The Florida Wildlife Corridor Project: Protecting Habitat For Florida’s Large Mammals

Florida Black Bear, Highlands County
Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. http://www.floridawildlifecorridor.org/

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.

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