“Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition” Receives Florida Book Award

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee (2013)

I just learned that my 2013 book, Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee, won a silver medal in the Florida Book Awards. This work is based on the 2012 Expedition that was funded in part by the National Geographic Society. Thank you to team members Mallory Dimmitt, Joe Guthrie, Elam Stoltzfus and Tom Hoctor and all the partners who made this possible!

Here’s a description from the back cover:

“The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition shows the world that beyond beaches and theme parks, the heart of Florida is still wild—and can still be saved. In 2012, four explorers enter the Everglades and, 100 days later, reach the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia. They paddle, peddle and hike more than 1,000 miles up the spine of Florida to call attention to this remaining natural corridor so essential to the survival of wildlife and to the well-being of Florida’s ever-growing population. Stunning photographs by Carlton Ward Jr and essays by fellow explorers bring the story to life in vivid detail. Travel with them to discover the rivers, swamps, prairies, springs and woods, along with private cattle ranches and timberlands, which unite to form the corridor. Learn about wide-ranging wildlife like the Florida black bear and Florida panther and meet the gladesmen, cowboys and many others who work to protect the corridor for us all.”

Please learn more about this cause to keep natural Florida connected for people and wildlife!

National Geographic Great Nature Project Collection
NG News: Florida Wildlife Corridor to Protect Bears, Panthers

Book endorsement by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis:

“Carlton Ward Jr is a rarity, a true native son of Florida whose family has thrived in the state for generations. The Florida of his imaginings is not the coastal strips of concrete and high rises, strip malls and highways. It is the vast hinterland, the rivers of grass and the wild expanses where panthers prowl and flocks of birds still darken the sky. In this beautiful book, Carlton travels the length of the state, describing in his passage the outline of a continuous corridor that if protected could assure that the Florida of his youth will never disappear, and that the native plants and animals that populated his imagination as a boy, as they did the dreams of his forefathers, will always be there to fire the hearts and spirits of generations of Floridians still waiting to be born.”  

Read more from Carlton on Explorers Journal



Meet the Author
Carlton Ward Jr is a conservation photographer and eighth generation Floridian currently focused on the story of the Florida panther and the habitat protection needed to protect the Florida Wildlife Corridor.