Photographer Carlton Ward to present lecture at FSC about Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

Sep 10, 2014

by Staff

The 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition caught the imagination of conservationists, lovers of nature, and ordinary citizens, as a small team of explorers traveled a thousand miles in a hundred days through the heart of wild Florida.

Internationally acclaimed environmental photojournalist Carlton Ward, Jr., will recount that experience in the first lecture in the 2014-2015 Florida Lecture Series at Florida Southern College. Ward will share photographs and stories from the expedition, which went from Everglades National Park to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Georgia, traveling by kayak, mountain bike, horse, and foot. The journey revealed that a viable natural corridor through Florida is still possible. Ward will also include a preview of the 2014 Expedition which will take the team from central Florida around the Gulf Coast to Alabama.

Ward’s lecture, “The Florida Wildlife Corridor: Journey through the Heart of Florida” will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 18th in Branscomb Auditorium on the FSC campus. The lecture, sponsored by the Lawton Chiles Center for Florida History at FSC, is free and open to the public.

Ward, an eighth-generation Floridian from a pioneering ranching family, has built a career out of capturing images of natural Florida to call attention to conservation issues in the state. He regularly produces stories for newspapers and magazines, including Smithsonian, GEO, National Wildlife, Africa Geographic, Nature Conservancy, and Outdoor Photographer. He is the author of three books, including Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier (2009) and Florida Wildlife Corridor (2014), both of which won Florida Book Award medals.

“We are delighted to have Carlton Ward open our series this year,” said James M. Denham, Professor of History and Director of the Lawton Chiles Center for Florida History. “His images of the Florida Wildlife Corridor expedition from the bottom of the peninsula to the Okefenokee Swamp are breathtaking. This is an important presentation for anyone who cares about nature in Florida.”