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Florida Manatees

The Florida Wildlife Corridor team is immersed in planning the next Expedition, a fall 2014 journey that will traverse the Gulf coast for 1,000 miles. And I am starting to get into the field to photograph places and stories our trek will soon encounter. One important character of the Corridor is the Florida manatee. When we…

Invasive Pythons Can Find Home 20 Miles Away, Study Says

For Burmese pythons, there’s no place like home—abd the snakes can navigate from over 20 miles away to get there, a new study says.

“Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition” Receives Florida Book Award

I just learned that my 2013 book, Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee, won a silver medal in the Florida Book Awards. This work is based on the 2012 Expedition that was funded in part by the National Geographic Society. Thank you to team members Mallory Dimmitt, Joe Guthrie, Elam Stoltzfus and Tom Hoctor and…

18-Foot-Long Monster Python Caught in Florida

The state’s second-largest Burmese python was caught in the Everglades.

Exploring Fisheating Creek

Earlier in October, I had a chance to be part of the first group to stand-up paddle the length of Fisheating Creek – a remote and wild tributary to Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. It was a joint effort between the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition and Justin Riney’s Expedition Florida 500, with special guests Maggy…

Video: Florida Black Bear Cub

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team and I recently hosted Casey Anderson and a National Geographic TV crew to film content for an upcoming episode of America the Wild: Gator Country. While working on a cattle ranch in the Everglades Headwaters region of Central Florida, I set up a remote camera on a clearing of…

NatGeo Wild: Face to Face with Florida Black Bears

The Florida Wildlife Corridor will be featured in America the Wild: Gator Country, starring Casey Anderson, Sept. 15 at 10pm ET on Nat Geo Wild. When National Geographic Television learned about the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition from National Geographic grantee Carlton Ward Jr, they extended their exploration of Florida’s Gator Country to discover the little-known wildlife…

August 18, 2013: Saving Children in Ethiopia, Reigning In Our Sweet Tooth, and More

This week, we stop an ancient Ethiopian curse, then we explore Iran using century-old images, and finally, we power homes using gas from human waste.

Hundreds of Panther Sightings Reported in Florida

Hundreds of sightings of panthers roaming wild in Florida have been reported by the public to the state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website launched a year ago.

Longest Burmese Python Found in Florida

A Florida man found and killed a 18.8-foot Burmese python, which beats out the previous record-holding snake by a foot.

Geography in the News: Dengue Fever Threat Much Greater

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com DENGUE FEVER Reports of dengue fever were rare in Florida until 2009 when physicians began diagnosing cases around Key West in individuals who had not traveled outside the state. National Public Radio recently reported that, with mosquito season under way in 2011,…

April 7, 2013: Cycling to the South Pole, Swimming With Manatees and More

When an endangered species begins to thrive in a certain area, that should be the cause of celebration. But in Kings Bay, Florida, the celebration is becoming problematic for the local manatee populations, that use the warm waters to survive the winters. The waters are becoming crowded with tourists who flock to the region to swim and kayak among the slow-moving marine mammals.

$50-Million Coral Reef Research Center Opens

  This Saturday is the one-month anniversary of Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) new 86,000 square-foot Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research. The $50-million facility, located at NSU’s Oceanographic Center at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Hollywood, Florida, celebrated its grand opening at the end of September. The massive and multifaceted project…

Giant Mysterious Eyeball Found on Florida Beach

  Update 10/15/12 2:19PM: The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has reported that the ‘mystery eyeball’ appears to be from swordfish. Learn More. Perhaps reminiscent of the infamous Montauk monster, a giant eyeball has washed up on a Florida beach (as if Florida needed anything else weird). The Internets are buzzing with questions: whose eye…

Manatee-Riding Woman Highlights Importance of Ocean Education

  A woman has reportedly just turned herself in after pictures surfaced this week of her riding a manatee off Florida. Harassing a manatee in any way is against Florida law, and is a second-degree misdemeanor. The Florida Manatee Sanctuary Acts states: ”It is unlawful for any person at any time, by any means, or in any…