Florida Wildlife Corridor (@fl_wildcorridor) — Our mission is to champion the public and partner support needed to permanently connect, protect and restore the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
#Repost@carltonward ・・・Watch your back white egret, a great blue heron is gunning for you because it wants you out of its fishing hole. One of my favorite camera trap sites in the Fakahatchee Strand, where I am working to get photos and videos of bears and panthers crossing water, is also a favorite spot for wading birds. This can be frustrating because they trigger my cameras thousands of times and smoke the batteries, this time before a panther came. But the camera also documents some cool behavior in a very dynamic wetland. In this case, heron dominates egret. Now cue the panther please. #pathofthepanther#floridawild#floridawildlifecorridor#everglades#egret#heron#swamp#keepflwild@natgeoimagecollection
Have you explored this publicly accessible point within the Corridor yet? Check out the link in our bio for details and for more adventuring ideas! 👣🚲🛶#ExploretheCorridor#getoutside#Repost@ghostseekergirl ・・・ Withlacoochee State Trail is a 46-mile long paved, multi-use, non-motorized trail that runs through Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties. It follows along the Withlacoochee River and passes through the Withlacoochee Forest. It is the longest paved rail trail in Florida. 📍✨🚤✨🌳✨ #Nobleton#Florida#HernandoCounty#explorida#iphoneonly#LoveFL#sharealittlesunshine#WithlacoocheeRiver#roamflorida
📷 by @peytonbreault > > A large portion of the gopher tortoise population depends on the Florida Wildlife Corridor for their survival! #Repost@sunshinestategoods ・・・This little gopher tortoise was photographed by conservationist @peytonbreault. Their name comes from the burrows they dig. Gopher tortoises are considered a keystone species because of their importance to the ecosystem. For example, many other species (Gopher frog, Indigo snake and Florida Mouse) utilize their burrows to escape extreme heat, fires or the cold. Though extremely critical to the environment, gopher tortoise populations are decreasing mainly due to loss of habitat from human development. ☀️ #keepflwild#gophertortoise#lovefl#floridawildlife#florida#keepflwild#sunshinestate#sunshinestategoods
Caption call! What are these two jabbering about? #wildFL#LoveFL#Repost@southernmostfarmer ・・・Jibber jabber - #pureflorida#onlyinflorida#flnature#floridaphotography#visitfl#bestofflorida#realflorida#loveflorida#floridanature#wildflorida#rebels_nature#naturesbeauty#sunshinestate#floridaexplored#floridalife#canonphotography#florida#floridawildlifecorridor#floridawildlife#floridawildlifephotography#canon#visitflorida#fiftyshadesofnature#natgeo
🐊🐊#Repost@natural_wanders ・・・A bull alligator crawls into the water of an old canal in Everglades National Park! - - - #evergladesnationalpark#nationalpark#nationalparks#findyourpark#florida#hiking#wildlife#wildanimals#wildlifephotography#naturephotography#view#exploretocreate#roamtheplanet#outside#thegreatoutdoors#outdoorslife#outdoorsman#travel#wanderlust#travelgram#instatravel
What a beauty! Follow @carltonward to see more shots of Sassy, the Florida panther at @palmbeachzoo.#Repost@carltonward ・・・This week I had the privilege of photographing Sassy, an almost 4-year old Florida panther who lives at the Palm Beach Zoo. Her mother was killed by a car near Naples in 2014 and Sassy was the only of three kittens to survive. Biologists from @myfwc took her to @naples_zoo for immediate care in their animal hospital and she was later moved to the @palmbeachzoo for her permanent home where hundreds of thousands of visitors have a chance to see her each year. In addition to caring for injured and abandoned panthers, and giving homes to panthers that can’t be released to the wild, zoos serve an important role in educating the public about panthers and their conservation needs. Just a few minutes looking at this beautiful creature and anyone is going to fall in love. I’ve been chasing panthers in the wild with camera traps for 3 years and have seen two panthers in the wild with my own eyes. So I was mesmerized by the opportunity to observe Sassy in her large enclosure. Her grace, power and stealth was awe inspiring. At one point she jumped 10 feet down from a tree and landed on the ground right in front of me under full control without making a sound! Go see her yourself! Here a few photos from by visit with Sassy, all shot through the steel mesh of her habitat. Which is your favorite? Thanks @sonyalpha for loaning me a 400 2.8 lens that allowed me to produce wonderfully sharp photos with the foreground and background out of focus, and all handheld because the lens is so lightweight. Thanks to the @panthers_florida foundation, Fox Sports Miami and Zoo President Margo McKnight for working with me to share the #pathofthepanther story! #morethanamascot#PantherPortrait#FloridaWild#KeepFLWild
Our latest film is playing tonight at the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival! Stay tuned for more viewing opportunities! #Repost@flagmountainfilm ・・・Showing – Feb. 14 | 7:00 – 10:00 PM | Session 1 | Love Our Planet | Orpheum Theatre⠀ ⠀ The Last Green Thread: In 2018 three friends set out on an expedition into the most rapidly developing landscape in Central Florida, traveling the narrowest and most imperiled wildlife corridor in the state.⠀ Directed by: @danny_schmidt@bendicci⠀ @orpheumflag⠀ #flagstaffmountainfilmfest#fmff2019#flagmountainfilm19#refusesingleuse#bringourown⠀ ⠀ 👉 Film details at: https://buff.ly/2BmXbmm
📷 by @carltonward#Repost@sunshinestategoods ・・・It’s #WildlifeWednesday & today we are celebrating Mangroves because of their vital importance to Florida’s marine life. Mangrove forests are among the most productive ecosystems on earth, & serve many functions, including water filtration, prevention of coastal erosion, protection from storms, carbon storage, among others. Mangroves are crucial to marine life because they provide habitat, nurseries, & feeding grounds for a vast array of fish & other organisms. This photo by conservation photographer @carltonward is one of our favs. Follow his journey advocating for the @fl_wildcorridor & the mission to #keepflwild ☀️ #mangrove#lovefl#sunshinestate#floridawildlifecorridor#sunshinestategoods#flwildlife
📷 by @santiagotv1 >> Chassahowitzka's diverse natural landscape is home to a large variety of wildlife. Extensive hardwood swamp and uplands creates good habitat conditions for far-ranging species like the Florida black bear and allows seasonal movement of animals in response to fluctuating water levels and food supplies. #floridawildlifecorridor#Repost@santiagotv1 ・・・Foggy morning in Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area.
#Repost@carltonward ・・・This is a favorite photograph of an American alligator and one of my post popular art prints. It was also a lesson in light. Many people have asked me why the gator looks blue. The reason is the juxtaposition of warm and cool light. The sun had just dropped below the tree line and their entire surface of the pond was in cool shadow, making the gray gator appear blue, and even more so against the warm sunset rays that were catching the tops of the cypress trees and reflecting on the water. I was following the gator with a 600mm lens, waiting and hoping that he would swim through the bright and colorful reflection. Shot at Babcock Ranch State Preserve. #alligator#gator#swamp#floridawildlifecorridor#FloridaWild#KeepFLWild#PathofthePanther@natgeoimagecollection
📷 by @macewoods > > The weekend is almost here...do you have a wild Florida destination in mind? #ExploretheCorridor#GetOutside#floridawildlifecorridor#Repost@macewoods ・・・Out of all of the wonderful destinations in Florida, Ichetucknee Springs is my favorite. It’s small, serene, and has an attraction close to the parking lot to steer people away from the real treasures. Each spring basin is different. A few miles down the road, and you encounter springs that are far beyond saving, tinted green by the suffocating algae. But this one - it’s still hanging onto life. Invasive species are few. Native plants and animals thrive. The water is ever-clear, even in times of flooding. It is a safe haven for me when I begin to feel distant from my goal as a conservationist. Please join me in learning more about the natural world around us. Its beauty is disappearing faster than I can document it all. 👣
#Repost@corkscrewswamp ・・・Happy Trail Cam Tuesday! This week we have a Florida Panther (Puma concolor coryi) spotted walking through the swamp. Living in the southeastern United States these cats utilize a wide variety of habitats ranging from swamps and prairies to forests. A male panther even has a home range of around 200 sq miles, roaming through many different ecosystems on a daily basis! -Evan, Conservation Intern #audubonsociety#flwildlife
Last year’s nesting season for wading birds in the Everglades set a record. Want to learn more? Check it out. 👇🏽 #Repost@lightswitchaddict ・・・Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I’ve been a wee bit busy. For those of you living in south Florida who are interested in wading birds and the Everglades I’ll be presenting a lecture on last year’s record breaking nesting season next Tuesday evening (Feb 5) for the Audubon Society of the Everglades. Doors open at 6:30pm in the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, West Palm Beach. Check out www.auduboneverglades.org for more info.
#Repost@corkscrewswamp ・・・Happy Prescribed Fire Awareness Week! Florida is considered the lightning capital of the United States, receiving more lightning strikes than any other state. Historically, the fire cycle in this area was governed by lightning from these electrical storms, but as human populations increased these fires were suppressed. Now land managers have to mimic the natural fire cycle with prescribed burns. Our land managers at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary view fire as the most economical and best management technique for ecosystem health. Fire is incredibly important for the environment and when executed properly it can be used as a tool to manage invasive plants, perpetuate fire-dependent species, improve aesthetics, and enhance wildlife habitat. -Amy, Education Intern #audubonsociety#prescribedfire
Wow, @brandyland80...that’s totally incredible! Thanks for letting us #tag along as you hang out with some Corridor residents. #floridawildlifecorridor#Repost@brandyland80 ・・・ Welcome... to another edition of The Tater Dome!! (Tina Turner voice? Get the reference?). . . I told myself “no new toys in 2019” buuuut I think I deserve a better dome for the GoPro :) You truly get what you pay for with the cheap plastic :/ . . #manatee#seacow#savethemanatees#floatypotato#silversprings#florida#floridawildlifecorridor
#Repost@annfulcherphotography ・・・That Monday morning stare! #photoarena_nature#nature_brilliance#splendid_animals#instanaturefriends#birdextreme#birdfreaks#Birdphotography#Discoverwildlife#planetbirds#pocket_birds#majesticwildlife#WildlifePhotography#WildlifeOnEarth#ig_discover_birdslife#feather_perfection#ig_wildlife_planet#audubon#ornithology#birdwatchers#birdsofinstagram#bestbirdshots#birding#nuts_about_birds#owlstagram_feature#wildlifenooky#mondaymood
Seeing the pine flatwoods through rose-colored glasses... 🤓#floridawildlifecorridor#Repost@connorhowephoto ・・・My mom will probably comment on this saying that pink was my favorite color as a kid lol, but it’s partially true. Just depends on the scene 🤷🏻♂️. This is one of those scenes🌅 #Fl#roamflorida#canonusa#canon#forest#pineflatwoods#pines#landofthepines#florida#therealflorida#palmetto#sunny#winter#sunset#floridaexplored#flwildlifecorridor#keepflwild