What happens when you combine a conservationist, a biologist, a photographer, and a filmmaker? You get an expedition. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team came together in 2012 with the goal of strengthening and preserving the connections between Florida’s natural areas.
The first Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition travelled from the Florida Everglades up the east coast of Florida. In 2015, they completed their 2nd expedition – this time travelling from the Everglades up the west coast of Florida
The team consisted of conservationist, Mallory Dimmitt; nature photographer, Carlton Ward Jr.; black bear biologist, Joe Guthrie; and filmmaker, Eric Bendick. Tampa Bay native, Carlton Ward Jr., has been the most high-profile team member in the Tampa Bay area, displaying photographs from the expeditions in various galleries and museums around town.
This week, however, all the attention was on the recently-completed film of the 2nd expedition, The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida, premiering at the Tampa Theatre.
Where to get a taste of Wild Florida without taking a hike:
- At an art exhibit: Carlton Ward Jr’s expedition photography is currently on display at both the Dunedin Fine Art Center (through Dec. 23rd) and the St. Petersburg Museum of History.
- On TV: WUSF will be airing the new film from Nov. 19th through Nov. 25th in the Tampa Bay area. Go to floridawildlifecorridor.org for broadcast times.
- In the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition book – available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The second expedition book was being sold at the premiere, but isn’t available for online purchase yet. These books provide a nice list/map of Florida’s natural places, some of which I have already been to, and many of which I would like to visit in the future.
Upcoming events at the Tampa theatre:
The Tampa Theatre is a great place for special events, classic films, and modern independent films. In December, the theater will be decorated for the holidays, and they will be showing several holiday classics.