Special Screening of The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida – March 8th

National Geographic Explorer and Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition founder Carlton Ward Jr paddles Crawford Creek in the Chassahowitzka River Delta where Florida's Nature Coast meets the Gulf of Mexico. 

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades Headwaters to Gulf Islands #Glades2Gulf 
Expedition Day 10 - Rest Day 2. 
"The Swamp" owned by Pat & Marly McMillan 
Carlton Ward

This mission of the Florida Wildlife Corridor is to protect a functional ecological corridor throughout Florida for the health of people, wildlife and watersheds. Learn more at FloridaWildlifeCorridor.org. Photo by Carlton Ward Jr / CarltonWard.com As Florida’s human population has expanded, conservation lands have become increasingly isolated from one another, causing problems for numerous species of wildlife. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition shows that a statewide wildlife corridor is still possible and important for the future of people and wildlife. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team includes executive director Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, conservation photographer and project founder Carlton Ward Jr. and biologist Joe Guthrie whose Central Florida black bear research was the inspiration for the campaign. Beginning January 10, 2015, the team embarked on 925-mile trek to highlight a wildlife corridor from Central Florida to the Gulf Coast, through the Big Bend, and across the Panhandle all the way to Alabama. The original Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition was a 1000-mile trek through peninsular Florida, from the Everglades on South Florida to the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia.

National Geographic Explorer and Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition founder Carlton Ward Jr paddles Crawford Creek in the Chassahowitzka River Delta

Join SCCF for the presentation of The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida. Celebrate an amazing trip by three intrepid adventurers – Conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, biologist Joe Guthrie, and photographer and National Geographic explorer, Carlton Ward, Jr. – who traveled 1,000 miles in 70 days on foot, kayak and bike from the Everglades headwaters, across the Panhandle to the Alabama border. Mallory Lykes Dimmitt will present guide us throught the adventure.

This free event continues our tradition of bringing information and science about Florida’s natural places to Sanibel. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, program begins at 7 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House, 2137 Periwinkle Way.  We urge you to arrive early to get a good seat. Call 472-2329 for information.

You can learn more about the project here.

The Florida Wildlife Corridor is a conservation advocacy organization focused on connecting, protecting and restoring corridors of conserved lands and waters essential for the survival of Florida’s diverse wildlife.

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mallory-staff-bioMallory Lykes Dimmitt is a seventh generation Floridian whose childhood was partly spent exploring the lands and waters of central Florida. She pursued her passion for the outdoors by receiving her B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She was also awarded a Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship at Duke University’s Nicholas School of Environment where she earned a Master’s of Environmental Management.

Some of Mallory’s projects include protecting river corridors and large landscapes in Colorado with The Nature Conservancy, research in Sri Lanka for the International Water Management Institute and strategic planning and organizational development with Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC). She currently serves as the Executive Director for the Florida Wildlife Corridor.