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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…

Bears on the Brink

By Joe Guthrie, Biologist, Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Team Member With us the night we stalked F011 [previous blog entry] was the late biologist Dave Maehr, who’d begun the project of which we were all four a part.  Dave worked throughout Florida over his career, including after he’d taken a teaching position at the University…

Fisheating Creek Expedition Part I

Fisheating Creek Expedition A Special Three-Part Series by Maggy Reno Hurchalla Maggy Reno Hurchalla has been immersed in Florida water and wilderness all her life. She comes from a family notorious for getting stuck in the mud and lost in the swamp, since becoming an environmental hero recognized for her leadership in restoring the Everglades…

Fisheating Creek Expedition – Part III

Cowbone Marsh deserves its own melodrama. It took five hours to get to open water. There is time here only for the highlights. Highlight #1: DON’T GO THERE! YOU WON’T LIKE IT. Go to the campground: http://www.fisheatingcreekoutpost.com They are lovely people who rent canoes and will shuttle you up to Burnt Bridge or Ingraham’s Crossing.…

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…

Fisheating Creek Expedition Part II

Fisheating Creek Expedition A Special Three-Part Series by Maggy Reno Hurchalla Maggy Reno Hurchalla has been immersed in Florida water and wilderness all her life. She comes from a family notorious for getting stuck in the mud and lost in the swamp, since becoming an environmental hero recognized for her leadership in restoring the Everglades…

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…

Biologist Shares Experience of Tracking a Black Bear

By Joe Guthrie, Bear Biologist and Expedition Team Member On an overcast December afternoon, I drove a creaking swamp buggy into an oak hammock in southern Highlands County, Florida and stopped. The team of four of us disembarked, sorted and distributed gear among the group, and began walking in single file towards the edge of…

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…

NatGeo Wild: Face to Face with Florida Black Bears

The Florida Wildlife Corridor will be featured in America the Wild: Gator Country, starring Casey Anderson, Sept. 15 at 10pm ET on Nat Geo Wild. When National Geographic Television learned about the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition from National Geographic grantee Carlton Ward Jr, they extended their exploration of Florida’s Gator Country to discover the little-known wildlife…