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Together Panthers and Ranchers can Keep Florida Wild

“The panther is going to have to help us save Florida.”—Cary Lightsey, whose family has been ranching in Florida since the 1850s

Camera-Trap Image of Florida Panther Brings New Hope to Conservationists

It’s been four decades since evidence of a female Florida panther was found north of the species’ known breeding range. What does the discovery mean?

Face-to-Face With Wildlife in Florida’s Hidden Wilderness: #bestjobever

Encounters with massive alligator gars, manatees, and rattlesnakes are all par for the course when National Geographic photographer Carlton Ward embarks on a 1,000 mile, 70 day trek to protect Florida’s hidden wilderness.

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.

Swamp Stomping, Animal Sightings, and the Value of Trails

Halfway through the #Glades2Gulf Expedition, explorers offer tips on navigating Florida’s back country, give an update on the species seen so far, and put some numbers to the value of nature trails.

Biking Adds Miles, Perspective to 1000-mile Expedition

Four weeks into our trek we’ve covered a lot of ground, but there are many miles yet to go and much to see and explore.

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…

Keeping True to the Nature Coast of Florida

Joe Guthrie paddles a kayak down one of the many creeks of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, a key protected area along the Nature Coast of Florida. “Chass” and its neighboring conservation properties support a very small and imperiled population of the Florida black bear. The expedition team reached the area at the beginning the…

Weathering Rain, Setting a Swamp on Fire

The highlight of our Green Swamp experience, after backpacking and camping in a soaking rain, was participating in a controlled burn with land managers from the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

2015 Expedition Launches in Everglades Headwaters

We are poised at the brink of the 2015 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, beginning in the northern reaches of the Everglades Headwaters, on the banks of Lake Hatchineha in Polk County, Florida.

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…

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…

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…