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Carlton Ward Jr is a conservation photographer and eighth generation Floridian focused on Florida's living heritage. His work is published in magazines including Audubon, Smithsonian, Geo and Nature Conservancy. His 2009 book, Florida Cowboys, won a silver medal in the Florida Book Awards and Popular Photography Magazine featured him as an artist working to save vanishing America. Carlton is a National Geographic Explorer for the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, a 100-day, 1000 mile trek he led in 2012 from Everglades National Park to the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia. He is a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and president of the Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC). He continues working to inspire protection of the Florida Wildlife Corridor, Everglades Headwaters and Gulf of Mexico.

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 fall 2014 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…

“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…