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Carlton Ward Jr is a conservation photographer and eighth generation Floridian focused on Florida's living heritage. His work has been published in Audubon, Smithsonian, Geo, Nature Conservancy and National Geographic Magazines and regularly in the Tampa Bay Times, where he was a photo intern in 2001. His books include The Edge of Africa (2003), Florida Cowboys (2009) and Florida Wildlife Corridor: Everglades to Okefenokee (2013).

Carlton has a Master’s in Ecology from the University of Florida and wrote the first thesis on the field of Conservation Photography. He is a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), National Geographic Explorer and Fellow of the Explorers Club. He founded the Florida Wildlife Corridor campaign in 2010 and continues working to raise visibility of the vision as a member of the 2015 #Glades2Gulf Expedition.

Bombing Range Is National Example for Wildlife Conservation

Walking through a wildlife underpass from Nokuse Plantation to Eglin Air Force base feels like traveling back in time. This is some of the richest wildland in the U.S.

An Oysterman Hero in Apalachicola

On day 44, the Glades to Gulf expedition had an opportunity to spend a day with third-generation Apalachicola oysterman, Kendall Schoelles, who gives hope that the oyster fishery and lifestyle can still be saved.

Diving Into Florida’s Springs

Florida is said to have the highest concentration of freshwater springs on Earth. The Florida Wildlife Corridor #Glades2Gulf Expedition is traversing springs country near the Gulf of Mexico and recently explored several of these wonderful windows into the underground aquifer. Our first plunge was into the head spring of the Chassahowitzka River before following the river’s five-mile journey downstream…

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…

30 Days Till 2015 Expedition Launches

On January 10, 2015 we begin a new 1000-mile leg of our Expedition, to highlight a wildlife corridor from Central Florida to the Gulf Coast, through the Big Bend, and across the Panhandle all the way to Alabama, where our trek will conclude.

Florida Manatees

The Florida Wildlife Corridor team is immersed in planning the next Expedition, a January 2015 journey that will traverse the Gulf coast for 1,000 miles. And I am starting to get into the field to photograph places and stories our trek will soon encounter. One important character of the Corridor is the Florida manatee. When we hike…

“Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition” Receives Florida Book Award

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…

Exploring Fisheating Creek

Earlier in October, I had a chance to be part of the first group to stand-up paddle the length of Fisheating Creek – a remote and wild tributary to Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. It was a joint effort between the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition and Justin Riney’s Expedition Florida 500, with special guests Maggy…

The Great Nature Project features the Florida Wildlife Corridor

I am pleased to share my Florida Wildlife Corridor photography collection as part of the new Great Nature Project by National Geographic. To raise awareness for the Florida Wildlife Corridor, we’ve also created a custom group within the Great Nature Project. Check out the Florida Wildlife Corridor Group to learn how you can post your own photographs to…

Video: Florida Black Bear Cub

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team and I recently hosted Casey Anderson and a National Geographic TV crew to film content for an upcoming episode of America the Wild: Gator Country. While working on a cattle ranch in the Everglades Headwaters region of Central Florida, I set up a remote camera on a clearing of…