Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

Environment
12:00 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Wildlife Corridor Expedition Crosses Florida's Wildlife Barrier - I-4

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition started their trek in January at the tip of the Everglades, and they plan to end it next month at the Okeefenokee Swamp in Georgia.

Environment
2:40 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Battling Fatigue - and the Elements - With the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

Carlton Ward Jr., left, and Elam Stoltzfus plot their next move
Steve Newborn

OSCEOLA COUNTY - You'd think that wading through some of the most impenetrable swamps in Florida and traveling a thousand miles from the Everglades to Georgia would be tough enough. But sometimes the worst thing members of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition have to deal with is the weather.

It's the night before the expedition has travel 17 miles, hiking and then kayaking across Lake Kissimmee. But a front that spawned tornadoes in the Midwest is expected to arrive by the morning.

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Environment
12:00 am
Sun March 11, 2012

Wildlife Corridor Expedition Brushes With Sprawl, Horses - And The President

Arriving at Disney Wilderness Preserve in Style (click on photo to view slideshow)
Steve Newborn

KISSIMMEE - The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition has emerged from the wilderness and is now skirting around Orlando's suburban sprawl. The group recently stopped at the Disney Wilderness Preserve on horseback, and they received an unexpected gift - from President Obama.

After trudging an untold number of miles under the weight of a 60 pound backpack...

SOUND: horse snorting.

...there's nothing like strutting into your next stop atop a horse.

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Environment
10:31 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Gets Surprise Gift from President Obama

Riding in style to Disney Wilderness Preserve
Steve Newborn

KISSIMMEE - The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition neared civilization today. The group stopped at a wilderness preserve on the edge of Orlando’s sprawl, where they received an unexpected gift - from President Obama.

The gift was a copy of both the expedition’s route map through Florida and a photograph by group member Carlton Ward Jr. – both signed by the president. The items were brought to the White House by members of the Northern Everglades Alliance, which is trying to protect the headwaters of the Kissimmee River.

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Environment
6:04 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Nears Halfway Mark in Statewide Journey

Expedition members Elam Stoltzfus, left, Carlton Ward Jr. and Mallory Lykes Dimmitt
Steve Newborn

LAKE PLACID - The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is nearing the halfway mark of their trip up the length of Florida - 1,000 miles in 100 days. Their mission is to publicize the need to connect the state's disjointed wild areas into a continuous wildlife corridor. WUSF's Steve Newborn recently caught up with the group for an update.

Environment
1:00 am
Sun March 4, 2012

Wildlife and Warplanes in the Florida Wildlife Corridor

Warning sign at entrance to bombing range

AVON PARK - There are more than just birds and alligators being encountered by the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition as they make their way up the middle of Florida. Try bombs. And jets. And attack helicopters. Members of the Expedition camped for a couple of days at the Avon Park Bombing Range, where they witnessed how F-16's making practice strafing runs coexist with some of the rarest creatures in Florida.

WUSF's Carson Cooper talks about their latest stop with expedition member and filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus.

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
4:10 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Ancient Scrub Greets Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

Florida Scrub Jay (click on photo to view slideshow)
Steve Newborn

LAKE PLACID - It all starts with the man who designed the Brooklyn Bridge. His grandson - John Roebling II - inherited more than 1,000 acres in Highlands County, and gave it to Richard Archbold, an aviator and explorer of exotic places such as Madagascar and New Guinea. It's now Archbold Biological Station.

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Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
12:00 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Wildlife Corridor Expedition Tours Florida's Largest State-owned Ranch

Babcock Ranch Preserve

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition has just come out of one of the wildest places in Florida - if not the entire country - the Fakahatchee strand. We also speak with Mallory Lykes Dimmitt on how the Babcock Ranch Preserve is faring as a publically-run ranch.

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
12:00 am
Sun February 12, 2012

Wildlife Expedition Sees Danger, Signs of Recovery for Panther

 

CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER - The Florida Panther is fighting its way back from the brink of extinction, and members of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition are seeing signs of the panther in their travels.

But the panther faces many dangers, as photojournalist and expedition member Carlton Ward Jr. tells WUSF.

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Environment
12:00 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Discussing the Python's Impact on the Everglades

Open wide

A new study has some shocking news about wildlife in the Everglades. Raccoon and opossum sightings are down by 99 percent. Marsh rabbits and brown bunnies can’t be found at all. Sightings of bobcats, foxes and deer are also way down.

The culprit? Invasive species, like the Burmese Python. We discuss the impacts of invasive species with wildlife biologist Joe Guthrie as he hikes through the deepest, wildest parts of the Everglades.

You can see videos and photos of the expedition by clicking HERE.

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
12:00 am
Sun January 29, 2012

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Finds "Civilization" Hard to Escape

Traversing the River of Grass
Photo courtesy Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

A group of wildlife conservationists are currently traversing the length of Florida by kayak, bicycle - and on foot. It's one thousand miles in one hundred days, and WUSF is keeping up with the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. They're calling attention to the need to connect the state's disjointed wild areas into a contiguous wildlife corridor.

They began two weeks ago at the tip of the Everglades, and they've paddled through some of the remotest swamps in Florida. But still, they say even places people seldom visit have been affected by the hand of man.

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Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
2:42 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Begins First Steps in 1,000-Mile Journey

Sunset over Florida Bay
Steve Newborn

One thousand miles in 100 days. That's the goal of a wildlife expedition that's calling attention to the need to connect the state's disjointed wild areas into a contiguous wildlife corridor. Today, the group is paddling through some of the most remote swamps in the Everglades.

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Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
12:00 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Paddling the Wild Heart of Florida

Sunset frames kayaker at Everglades National Park
Steve Newborn

 Four wildlife conservationists are paddling, hiking and biking through the wild heart of Florida. Their mission: to call attention to the need to connect the state's disjointed wildlife preserves into a corridor stretching from the Everglades to the Okeefenokee Swamp.

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Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
12:00 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Embarks on 1,000-Mile Journey

Bear Crossing sign (photos courtesy Carlton Ward Photography)

 A group of wildlife conservationists are camped at the southern tip of the Everglades, ready to take the first step in a thousand-mile journey up the central spine of Florida. Their mission: publicizing the need to connect the state's disjointed natural areas into a continuous wildlife corridor.

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