Check it out! We’ve team up with FLOAT - For Love Of All Things on a new t-shirt campaign! Starting on Monday, if you purchase this limited edition shirt, $8 of the sale will be donated to the Florida Wildlife Corridor. They won't last long though – so get yours before they're gone! (Link to order will be shared on Monday. )
Hello, Orlando-area friends! Join us on August 7th for a special screening of The Last Green Thread and a panel discussion with our own Mallory Dimmitt and Jason Lauritsen. Click the link in our bio for details and to get your ticket! Thank you to Keep Orlando Beautiful for hosting this event.
📷 by @alexofthewild > > At first glance you might think this is a tropical rainforest in South America — but in fact, it’s a wild cypress forest in Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in southwest Florida. It’s home to countless species that depend on the region for their survival, such as the ghost orchid and the Florida panther. Learn more about this habitat below!👇🏽 #Repost @alexofthewild ・・・Ghost orchids are habitat specialists, meaning you can only find them in very specific areas. To even have a hope of glimpsing one of these swamp phantoms, you must travel to the flooded heart of the Everglades or the old-growth cypress stands of Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The southeast used to be covered in millions of acres of cypress forest, but the vast majority has been clear-cut or drained for human use. A true tragedy. In these last remaining pockets of virgin, never-before-cut forest, the ghost hunt can begins 🌿
We're excited to share some BIG news! Our friends at @nflandtrust have teamed with conservation groups and the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to create a greenway through the Ocala to Osceola Wildlife Conservation Corridor project, or “O2O.” This is a critical link within the statewide Florida Wildlife Corridor, so this project is VERY important to our mission. Please check out this story map to learn more about this corridor and what is being done to save it (link in bio! ) #KeepFLWild #ConnectProtectRestore
#Repost @carltonward ・・・Chasing Ghosts [8 of 9] >>>> One year ago this week, I paddled up to one of my ghost orchid camera traps in Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and found these photos. My camera had been focused on this same orchid for three subsequent summers, so when I discovered more than a dozen photos of large moths probing the orchid blooms across multiple nights the prior week, my feelings were a combination of excitement and relief — possibly a bit more relief because it made three years of obsession and weekly summer pilgrimages to these swamps somehow feel a little more sane, and because I didn’t think I’d be able to convince myself or my family to try again the following year. Always self critical, I was also frustrated that I hadn’t anticipated that the huge size and weight of the moths could bounce the orchid out of frame. I’d left my composition too tight so that some photos cropped out parts of the moth. Unfortunately that’s how my mind was working, rather than enjoying the moment when I’d captured the first-ever photographs of a ghost orchid being pollinated. Excitement really didn’t set in until I shared photos with biologist Mark Danaher from the Panther Refuge, and Mac Stone and Peter Houlihan. Mark and Peter identified these moths as fig sphinxes Pachylia ficus and explained that this was a big deal because it was not the giant sphinx moth that everyone expected to be the pollinator. They also confirmed that a ghost orchid pollen sack was visible on the head of the moth in the first three photos (the 4th photo is of a female off sphinx probing a bloom on the same orchid a few days later. These photos were also the first evidence for Peter’s hypothesis that the ghost orchid could have multiple pollinators, and immediately led to more questions, such as who else might be pollinating these flowers. @peter_houlihan and @macstonephoto soon made paradigm shifting discoveries of their own at @corkscrewswamp Please follow them and watch the new short film Chasing Ghosts (link in my bio ) to find out more! Thank you @grizzlycreekfilms @biographic_magazine @jeffreedfilm and @bendicci for your phenomenal work! #chasingghosts #KeepFLWild
Check out this guy! 👋🏽🐻 #floridawildlifecorridor #Repost @naturally_florida ・・・While I set up my DSLR camera traps to capture images of endangered Florida panthers, I get plenty of Florida black bears as well. Black bears tend to not like cameras setup on their trees. They push, they grab, they do almost anything to move a camera. This bear even bit the hardened steel of a Master lock and left sizeable dents on both sides of the lock from his teeth. @bear @floridablackbear @fwc @natgeo
📷 by @joseph_ricketts > > A snail kite captured with its favorite treat!🍎🐌 #Repost @joseph_ricketts ・・・ 7 / 6 / 2019 ————————————————————— A snail kite flying by with an apple snail in his beak. These birds of prey are an endangered species in the state of FL. This is partly due to a population decline in a native species of apple snail - the raptors’ main food source. Interestingly, a larger, invasive apple snail species has been introduced to central and southern FL. This abundance in similar prey species has proved helpful for the struggling snail kites, but the presence of the invading mollusks still remains a tricky conservation issue for wildlife scientists. Historically, the ecological consequences of an invasive/introduced species almost always outweigh the benefits. Nevertheless, it is certainly encouraging to see the snail kites’ numbers and range increasing!
We can’t get enough of these trail cam videos by @bobbywummerphotography ! 🐾 #Repost @bobbywummerphotography ・・・Ok turn up your volume. With panther 🐆 mating season in full swing here is a female panther talking. She picked the right spot to stop and sit just in front of my Browning trail cam. It’s better to be lucky than good! For the full length video and more please follow me on YouTube. . . . . . . . . #trailcam #wildlifephotography #browningtrailcameras #panther #videos #naturephotography #nature #naturevideo #naturevideos #trailcam #floridawildlifefederation #trailcamprovideocontest #trailcampro #myfwc #fwcresearch #fl_wildcorridor
What an awesome close-up! 🙌🏽 #Repost @afloridawildman ・・・Black Skimmer Portrait. Such amazing birds. Enjoyed watching them skimming the waves and nesting on the beach. #blackskimmer #blackskimmers #audubonsociety #audubonfl #bird #birds #keepfloridawild #keepflwild #wildlifeconservation
#Repost @carltonward ・・・I love knowing that this healthy male Florida panther is patrolling his territory in the cypress swamps and pine woods of southwest Florida. He walks through this camera trap at Babcock Ranch about once a month, only half the time facing the camera and mostly at night. Once or twice a year I get to see him like this, with some daylight adding depth to the scene. This time there were water drops on the lens port. I still like the photo, knowing it will be another year or more before a similar moment comes again. I’ve known this panther, through my camera traps, for nearly three years. I’ve seen him heal from battle scars, recover from a limp, and persistently court the first female panther documented north of the Caloosahatchee River since 1973. I also seen kittens who were probably his. I’ve never seen a panther in this part of Florida with my own eyes. Only through tracks and photos do I have a glimpse into the panther’s secretive life. Knowing this dominant male panther is patrolling and defending his territory gives me hope that we can use his story to defend the greater territory of his species from the expanded roads and development that are currently targeting Florida’s last wild places. Rancher Cary Lightsey told me “the panther is going to have to help us save Florida.” I believe his words and that the panther can help inspire a movement to save to Florida Wildlife Corridor and achieve balance for wild Florida and ourselves. I’m going to keep photographing and filming panthers — and the land they represent. And we’re going to use the story to promote new conservation policies that empower landowners seeking alternatives to development. Please stay connected with me in the coming months and check out some of the links in my bio, including the sign up for my Path of the Panther newsletter. #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #pathofthepanther #floridawild #KeepFLWild #panther #puma @fl_wildcorridor @insidenatgeo @ilcp_photographers
Thanks for bringing us along into this green oasis, @luisgfalcon ! 🙌🏽 #Fakahatchee #KeepFLwild #Repost @luisgfalcon ・・・The greenery found within the Fakahatchee is what makes it known as the Amazon of North America. Along, with the high amounts of biodiversity and especially plant life. Some of the rarest and coolest plants can be found within this Strand. Have you ever been to the Fakahatchee?
The bird is the word! 🙌🏽 #KeepFLwild #Repost @federicoacevedophotography ・・・By studying populations of birds in certain areas you can determine the overall quality of a habitat. Studies show that bird populations are great indicators of an ecosystem’s biodiversity and health. Take the Everglades for example, the construction of canals and levees which altered the water flow in the 1950’s degraded the quality of the Everglades ecosystem. That in turn led to a decline in available prey, which cause significant declines in the annual populations of wading birds nesting in the Everglades. This population decline happened before any notice had been made about the decreasing quality of the Everglades ecosystem.
A beautiful Florida black bear at home in Big Cypress. #KeepFLwild #Repost @bobbywummerphotography ・・・All in a day of a bears 🐻 life. No worries and no cares just loving life ~ we should all be so lucky. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #naturephotography #nature #naturevideo #naturevideos #trailcam #floridawildlifefederation #trailcamprovideocontest #trailcampro #myfwc #fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild
The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019 currently under consideration in the US Congress is an enormously important piece of legislation. The bill seeks the designation of National Wildlife Corridors on federal public lands and identifies more than $70 million in annual funding for states, tribes, and other entities to enhance habitat connectivity on non-federal lands through wildlife crossings and other habitat connectivity projects. Read more about the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act from our Executive Director in our latest newsletter (link in bio! ) #KeepFLwild #ConnectProtectRestore #floridawildlifecorridor Photo by @carltonward
#TheLastGreenThread #Repost @joeguthrie8 ・・・With The Last Green Thread now available (check my bio ) through @rei , @grizzlycreekfilms , and @danny_schmidt , viewers can begin to see what challenges exist in the landscape for populations of highly-mobile wildlife. Emerging from the calm of the swamp, we paddle under Interstate 4 at midday, cars roaring overhead. Riprap-lined banks of Reedy Creek peek above the waterline near the bridge abutments. In the shadows beneath the bridge there was no room to maneuver other than in a boat, even in mid-April, the peak of the dry season in Central Florida. Water spends most of the year lapping at the header beams beneath this bridge, rendering the space useless as a pathway for land animals like bears or bobcats. This essentially solidifies I-4 as an ecological barrier. There are at present no suitable wildlife crossings between Tampa and Orlando, and thus, the viability of Reedy Creek as a functioning part of the Florida Wildlife Corridor is really debatable, at best, with regard to wide ranging animal populations.
Looking for something good to watch tonight?? Check out The Last Green Thread – available NOW online. Click the link in our bio! > > On a narrow path through Florida's Everglades Headwaters, three friends embark on a journey to survey a fragile wilderness corridor before it disappears forever. Amidst a backdrop of massive development and population growth, their expedition documents the vitality and connectedness of an ecosystem in a state of rapid transformation. Mother nature may be resilient - but when the last green thread is stretched to the breaking point, can we summon the courage and resourcefulness to change course? #floridawildlifecorridor #TheLastGreenThread #keepflwild
Thanks to @nativebirdboxes for tagging us so we can share in the excitement of this release! #swallowtailedkite #KeepFLwild #Repost @nativebirdboxes ・・・Just had the most incredible opportunity to release this juvenile Swallow-tailed Kite to where it’s nesting site is located just above the branch. Minutes after placing on the branch it steadied itself, turned towards the wind and off it flew!! OMG SO EXCITED BEYOND BELIEF!! My co-partner at the release @tjthompsonn @timothy5665 Thank you @conservancyswf Wildlife Clinic staff for your hard work rehabilitating so this species could have another chance! @nativebirdboxes
What’s your favorite river to paddle in Florida?? #ExploretheCorridor #GetOutside #Repost @liveasaltyfloridalife ・・・🛶😎These Canoes were just begging to have their 15 minutes of fame! So I had to oblige! 🛶😎🛶 🛶🛶🛶🛶🛶🛶🛶🛶💛 #mustdofl #florida_greatshots #visitflorida #bestofflorida #realflorida #vacationflorida #floridaexplored #staysaltyflorida #fun_in_florida #kayaking #canoe #littlemanateeriver #naturefl #floridanature #flstateparks #floridastateparks
📷 by @alexofthewild > > Oh, the memories! We passed through the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge during our 2015 #Glades2Gulf Expedition. #Repost @alexofthewild ・・・Contrails over Cabbage Palms. An unforgettable sunset evening spent in the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge during the #glades2gulf @fl_wildcorridor expedition in 2015. . . . . . #optoutside #outdoorwomen #nature #wildheart #wildernessculture #environment #wildlife #explore #adventure #noplanetb #wilderness #wonderlust #weneednature #connectprotectrestore #floridawild #keepflwild #lovefl
Hello, friends! 👋🏽 🐻🐾 #KeepFLwild #wildFL #Repost @bobbywummerphotography ・・・More action from my swamp cams. . . . . . . . . #animalvideo #wildlife #trailcam #wildlifephotography #browningtrailcameras #owl #bear #panther #videos #naturephotography #nature #naturevideo #naturevideos #trailcam #floridawildlifefederation #trailcamprovideocontest #trailcampro # #myfwc #panther #bear #blackbear
Wise words! Happy Father’s Day! #Repost @connorhowephoto ・・・“Never give up” is what my Dad always tells us 💪 #FL #Florida #flstateparks #floridawildlifecorridor #canon #keepfloridawild #wildfl #optoutside #canoeflorida #fdep #rei #rei1440project #canonusa #garmin #delorme #teva #flhiker #takeahike #reallyrightstuff
#Repost @carltonward ・・・One of my favorite things about using camera traps is seeing the diversity of wildlife that use the same trails in the forest. While my aim for this location was photos of the endangered Florida panther, I also captured some nice images of its smaller cousin — the bobcat. Shot #onassignment for @nature_org and for my #PathofthePanther project with @fl_wildcorridor and @insidenatgeo A male Florida panther has a home range of up to 200 square miles. Protecting land for one Florida panther also provides habitat for thousands of other species. #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild
More behind the scenes of The Last Green Thread (link in our bio! ) with Expedition member @joeguthrie8 #Repost @joeguthrie8 ・・・You gotta love a big big cypress tree. They are the anchor points for swamp ecosystems in the South. Aside from providing habitat to all kinds of critters (birds, amphibs, reptiles, insects, mammals ), cypress forests are windfirm, meaning they can prevent or minimize disturbance from hurricane force winds. They are a stabilizing force in swamps. The swamps are thus able to provide flood control, groundwater recharge, and water treatment, all of which is beneficial and valuable to us humans. Swamps just do it for free. This tree and the good afternoon light got my attention on our 2018 expedition up a narrow Wildlife Corridor in Central Florida. I’m posting a few more behind the scenes photos from the expedition, which became the subject of The Last Green Thread, now published through @danny_schmidt @grizzlycreekfilms and @rei (see the link in my bio. ) With @fl_wildcorridor
Check out this little Florida panther kitten scamper about! 🐾🐾 #Repost @flwildfed ・・・More panther kitten footage! The video is from a Florida Wildlife Federation funded wildlife camera and part of a study evaluating panther movement. Help us continue our panther protection work by donating today at www.fwfonline.org. Thank you!
Mallory Dimmitt — Expedition leader in The Last Green Thread! (link In bio! ) #Repost @joeguthrie8 ・・・I’m posting a few more behind the scenes photos from the expedition which became the subject of The Last Green Thread, now published through @rei , @danny_schmidt and @grizzlycreekfilms (see the link in my bio; no, I will not stop plugging ). Mallory ( @mallorydimmitt ) takes her morning tea in an idyllic swamp setting on Day 3. Every expedition is a big undertaking requiring scouting and planning and detailed logistics and strategic communication. If you’ve followed our project at all you likely know Mallory as the powerhouse who is fully in command of all that. Somewhat annoyingly she also manages to be the best camper and water-person among us. She is a badass for our time.
Have you seen The Last Green Thread?? Watch it NOW online for free. (Link in our bio! ) #Repost @grizzlycreekfilms ・・・Overwhelming support for our latest short ‘The Last Green Thread’ with @fl_wildcorridor and presented by @rei Topping a hundred thousand views is sweet. But the real reward is the outpouring of conversation, sharing, and positivity around the film and that the message resonates so deeply with defenders of these last wild places. Link now in our bio!
Stealthy little Night Heron...👀 #wildFL #LoveFL #Repost @natural_wanders ・・・I can always count on Corkscrew Swamp for wildlife encounters. Just when I thought I wasn’t going to see much on my last visit, this Night Heron landed on the railing of the boardwalk right in front of me! - - - #corkscrewswampsanctuary #findyourpark #florida #hiking #birdwatching #birding
📷 by @alexofthewild > > The Last Green Thread is a powerful short film that unveils a tenuous thread of wild Florida woven into the fabric of theme parks and suburbia, underscoring the importance of this link that joins the green heart of Florida to the northern reaches of the Everglades. View the film at the link in our bio! @carltonward @mallorydimmitt @joeguthrie8 @rei @grizzlycreekfilms @danny_schmidt @bendicci #Repost @alexofthewild ・・・Our film “The Last Green Thread” is now available to watch online, thanks in large part to @rei ! Witness a group of dedicated conservationists and friends journey through the narrowest section of the Florida Wildlife Corridor, discovering with each step that though the obstacles to connectivity are great, this last green thread is teeming with life, and still worth protecting. Link to film in bio. #floridawild #keepflwild #lovefl #heartland2headwaters #lastgreenthread #connectprotectrestore
Thanks to @rei , @grizzlycreekfilms and @danny_schmidt , The Last Green Thread is now LIVE. Click the link in our bio and please share it with your friends! #Repost @rei ・・・Three friends head to the Everglades Headwaters in Florida to survey a wilderness corridor before it disappears forever. Watch the full film on the Co-op Journal (link in bio ). Thanks to @danny_schmidt , @bendicci and @fl_wildcorridor
The Last Green Thread goes live online TOMORROW, presented by our friends at @rei (link in bio! ) > > > On a narrow path through Florida's Everglades Headwaters, three friends embark on a journey to survey a fragile wilderness corridor before it disappears forever. Amidst a backdrop of massive development and population growth, their expedition documents the vitality and connectedness of an ecosystem in a state of rapid transformation. Mother nature may be resilient - but when the last green thread is stretched to the breaking point, can we summon the courage and resourcefulness to change course? #floridawildlifecorridor #TheLastGreenThread #keepflwild
#ConnectProtectRestore #floridawildlifecorridor #Repost @carltonward ・・・Yesterday was a good day for the Everglades. These photos and videos show a one mile section of US41 aka the Tamiami Trail that has been elevated into a bridge to restore natural water flow. An additional 6.5 miles of bridging have just been funded. News from Everglades National Park: “On June 3, 2019, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA ) announced that they will be granting $60 million to Everglades National Park through the Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects program to complete the Tamiami Trail Next Steps project. Completion of the Tamiami Trail project will remove the water flow impediment into Everglades National Park, address a key regional water flow imbalance and sustain a critical transportation link between Southwest Florida and Miami. This federal highway funding will match a $43.5 million commitment announced last November by then Governor Rick Scott, and subsequently fully supported by Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislation. The combined $100 million federal and state funding will provide for the raising and reconstruction of the remaining 6.5 miles of the eastern Tamiami Trail roadway to allow the water to flow into the park. The park has been deprived of its fresh water for many decades and this project will allow water managers to significantly increase water flows rehydrating the 1.5 million acres of park lands, including Florida Bay.” #everglades #restoration @evergladesnps @evergladesfoundation @fl_wildcorridor #floridawild #keepflwild