People like Carlton Ward Jr. and Joe Guthrie
are hoping to change that through an expedition running the length of Florida's
peninsula to demonstrate that conserving these corridors is good for people, too.
Guthrie, a scientist who has studied the Florida black bear, a wide-ranging animal for whom corridors are important, said it's important to take the long view on conservation.
"With big thinking, we can get conservation accomplished," he
said, referring to the way Interstate 75 was constructed across the Everglades
to accommodate the passage of wildlife and water.
"We followed one corridor and found the tracks of Florida panther, bear, fox and coyote," he
"You see signs of them everywhere," said bear biologist Joe Guthrie.
In some places, the black bear is growing in number, but in others, dwindling.
"If you protect the landscape for black bear, you're protecting it for hundreds of thousands of other species," Guthrie
Photographer Carlton Ward Jr., biologist Joe Guthrie, conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus - members of the Florida Wildlife Corridor expedition - are paddling 21.5 miles today to Jim Black Camp in Polk County.