1,000 Miles in 100 Days
Posted Saturday, June 22, 2013 04:06 PM

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: 1,000 Miles in 100 Days (Thanks to Donna (Stever) Gramling for this "Did You Know" tip.)

One thousand miles. That's how far a group of people will be walking through the heart of Florida. And they'll do it for 100 days straight - through swamps, cattle pastures, and subdivisions on the creeping edge of suburbia.

They're not just doing it to get their feet wet. It's called the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition.

They're doing it to focus public attention on protecting connected wild areas to create a wildlife corridor from the Everglades to Georgia. Much of that corridor has been fragmented, leaving many animals vulnerable in much of their natural range.

They'll trek through the Shark Valley Slough, delve into the watery heart of the Everglades, skirt around Lake Okeechobee and slog up the Kissimmee River Valley.

The team will document the corridor through photography, video streams, radio reports as well as daily updates on social media and digital networks.

Florida Wildlife Corridor Goals:

  • Protect and restore habitat and migration corridors essential for the survival of Florida’s diverse wildlife, including wide-ranging panthers, black bears and other native species
  • Restore water flow to the Everglades and sustain water supply to southern Florida
  • Continue to safeguard the St. Johns River and water supply for central and north Florida
  • Sustain the food production, economies and cultural legacies of working ranches and farms within the corridor
  • Bolster local economies through increased opportunities such as hunting, fishing, birdwatching and other forms of eco-tourism
  • Give wildlife and plants room to adapt to a changing climate and sea level rise

You can learn more about the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition by going to their web site.