Expedition Ready to Launch

Beginning January 10th, I will join fellow explorers Mallory Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie on a 70-day trek to raise visibility for a wildlife corridor from the Evergaldes Headwaters near Orlando to Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola. Our work is supported by the National Geographic Society and we’ll be sharing stories here every week. The map below provides an overview for the journey ahead.

The Florida Wildlife Corridor integrates Florida’s leading conservation science with compelling imagery and rich storytelling to raise awareness about the Corridor and the need to connect and protect it. The centerpiece of our awareness campaign is the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition.

We’ll document our journey the entire way and use social media to showcase imagery and reporting from the field. We’ll host a series of Saturday Trail Mixers, where followers can join the Expedition team and participate in our trek. We are committed to bringing the Florida Wildlife Corridor to life through our Expedition. Join us!

Why We Walk

  • To connect, protect and restore corridors of conserved lands and waters essential for the survival of Florida’s diverse wildlife
  • To restore and protect our life-giving springs and rivers
  • To sustain food production, economies, and culture surrounding Gulf seafood harvests
  • To restore longleaf pine forests while conserving farms, working lands, and the communities they support

Please visit FloridaWildlifeCorridor.org to learn more about the project.

See below for stories from the 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition from Everglades to Okefenokee:

National Geographic News – Florida Wildlife Corridor to Protect Bears, Panthers
NPR Weekend Edition – Expedition Seeks to Save Florida’s ‘Terra Incognita’
Tampa Bay Time – 1000 Mile Expedition Calls Attention to Wildlife’s Plight
Tampa Bay Times – The Bear that Launched a 1000 Mile Trek




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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.