Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee (September 24, 2015 – March 15, 2016)

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition carlton ward gator pic
The Highlands Museum of the Arts (MoTA), a part of the Highlands Art League’s Village Where Are Lives, is proud to present the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee Photography Exhibit & Speaker Series featuring expedition photographs by acclaimed photographer Carlton Ward Jr. that will be on display at MoTA from Sept. 24, 2015 – March 15, 2016.  The exhibit is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council, the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation, VISITFLORIDA and the Highlands County Tourism Development Council (TDC).   
The Florida Wildlife Corridor exhibit is inspired by the 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, which was completed by Ward and helped raise awareness about connecting and protecting corridors of conserved lands and waters essential for Florida’s diverse wildlife.  The photographs, props and videos featured in the exhibit give viewers a virtual expedition to experience some of Florida’s most fantastic wildlife and native habitats. Starting in the Everglades, attendees will paddle the mangrove coast and river of grass, traverse big cypress country, explore the Everglades headwaters, navigate the St. Johns River, trek through Ocala National Forests and springs and immerse themselves in Osceola National Forest, the Suwannee River and the Okefenokee Swamp. Each photograph was selected to be a window into an important place within the Corridor. The survival of these diverse landscapes and unique species of wildlife depends on our ability to keep them connected.
2015-2016 Exhibit Schedule of Events include:
    Sept. 24: Exhibit Opening Reception, 5-7 p.m.
    Oct. 15: Carlton Ward, Jr. Presentation, 6 p.m.
    Jan. 22: Steve Noll – Florida Environmental History, 6 p.m. – Presentation will take place at MoTA
    Feb. 5: Bob Stone – Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition, 6 p.m.
    Feb. 19: Panel Discussion – Florida Cattlemen’s Role as Environmental Stewards, 6 p.m.

Caloosahatchee River. Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. From January 17 through April 25, 2012, a team of explorers including photographer Carlton Ward Jr, cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus, bear biologist Joe Guthrie and conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, set out to trek 1000 miles in 100 days to showcase the opportunity to protect a connected corridror of natural lands and waters throughout peninsular Florida for the benefit of wildlife and people. Learn more at http://FloridaWildlifeCorridor.org. Photograph by Carlton Ward Jr / Carlton Ward Photography / CarltonWard.com.

About Carlton Ward, Jr.
Carlton Ward Jr. is a conservation photographer from Tampa, Florida. His passion for nature was born from the Florida landscape, where eight generations of family history have grounded his perspective. He sees natural environments and cultural legacies as the earth’s greatest yet most threatened resources. For his first book, The Edge of Africa, Ward spent eight months in the tropical rain forests of Gabon with the Smithsonian Institution documenting the region’s unseen carlton ward gator picand undiscovered biological diversity.  The photographs were exhibited in Gabon, London and at a United Nations reception in New York. His work documenting endangered desert elephants in Mali was on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine and comprised a chapter in the National Geographic book, Great Migrations
Ward is a founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) and founded theCow Hunters. ALICO owns nearly 140,000 acres primarily in Hendry County, Florida. Their cattle rangeland provides important Florida panther habitat and a valuable stepping stone in the Florida Wildlife Corridor. 

Photograph by Carlton Ward Jr / CarltonWard.com

From the ALICO website:

Alico, Inc. (The "Company"), which was formed February 29, 1960 as a spin-off of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company, is a land management company operating in Central and Southwest Florida. The Company's primary asset is 139,607 acres of land located in Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Polk Counties. The Company is involved in a variety of agribusiness pursuits in addition to land leasing and rentals, rock and sand mining and real estate sales activities. Alico is a public Company traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol ALCO. The Company's land is managed for multiple uses wherever possible. For example, cattle ranching, forestry and land leased for farming, grazing, recreation and oil exploration utilize the same acreage in some instances. The Company has three wholly owned subsidiaries: Alico-Agri, Ltd. ("Alico-Agri"),Bowen Brothers Fruit LLC ("Bowen"), and Alico Land Development, Inc. The Company employs approximately 135 full-time employees.
approximately 135 full-time employees.Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC), a non-profit organization with the purpose of celebrating and protecting Florida’s natural and cultural heritage through art. While completing a Master’s degree in Ecology, he wrote Conservation Photography, the first thesis on the emerging field. His 2009 Book, Florida Cowboys, won a silver medal in the Florida Book Awards and for that work Popular Photography Magazine featured him as one of three photographers working to save vanishing America. 
 Ward’s photographs are featured in magazines including AudubonSmithsonianGeoNature Conservancy and National Wildlife. His books, matted prints and Florida Wildlife Corridor maps will be available for sale at the Highlands Art League during the exhibit.