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The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team walks beneath an Interstate 75 wildlife underpass between Picayune Strand State Forest and Florida Panther National Wildlife Reguge. Their hosts included FWC lead panther biologist Darrell Land and Panther NWR manager Kevin Godsea. Tom Hoctor from the University of Florida and Laurie Macdonald from Defenders of Wildlife were also present.

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The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team walks beneath an Interstate 75 wildlife underpass between Picayune Strand State Forest and Florida Panther National Wildlife Reguge. Their hosts included FWC lead panther biologist Darrell Land and Panther NWR manager Kevin Godsea. Tom Hoctor from the University of Florida and Laurie Macdonald from Defenders of Wildlife were also present.

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  • The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team walks beneath an Interstate 75 wildlife underpass between Picayune Strand State Forest and Florida Panther National Wildlife Reguge. Their hosts included FWC lead panther biologist Darrell Land and Panther NWR manager Kevin Godsea. Tom Hoctor from the University of Florida and Laurie Macdonald from Defenders of Wildlife were also present.

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  • Carlton Ward Jr., left, and Joe Guthrie, two of the four team members in the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, push their kayaks through fields of sawgrass in the Florida Everglades. The 1,000-mile, 100-day expedition started Jan. 17 and is scheduled to commence on April 25.

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  • This map shows the route the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team is taking through Florida. The four-member team started in the Florida Everglades and plan to finish at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia.

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  • Filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus dries himself over a palmetto frond fire at Gator Head camp in Big Cypress National Preserve after the team's soggy trek within the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in early February.

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  • The expedition team discovered this crisp panther track along their trek, which they said marks recent travel of a panther beneath the Interstate 75 wildlife underpass between Picayune Strand State Forest and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • The team came upon this barred owl perched in the low canopy beside a lake in Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Just after the photo was taken, the owl swooped to the forest floow and caught a wild mouse.

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  • One of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team members pauses on his kayak during the tour through the Florida Everglades.

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  • Photographer Clyde Butcher joined the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team as they crossed Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve which protects nearly 90,000 acres of the 22-mile long, 3-5 mile wide forest which connects the OK Slough to Florida Bay. 

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  • Near the start of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition trip, the team camped out at the Joe River chickee hut in one of the southernmost portions of the Florida Everglades.

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  • The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team seen traveling at night through the fields of sawgrass in the Florida Everglades.

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  • Elam Stoltzfus, a filmmaker on the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, takes a short break during the team's 100-day, 1,000-mile trek.

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Team of four taking 100-day, 1,000-mile trek through Florida to prove green spaces are connected and need to stay that way

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