Sharing the Landscape


Thriving with Wildlife

A Citizen Science and Education Project

Project Objectives

Photograph

Curate a collection of wildlife photos and videos utilizing habitat surrounding the study segment along Corkscrew Road

Educate

With the footage collection and study participant involvement, create an education tool for wildlife co-existence in Southwest Florida.

Conserve

Engage the public through a Citizen Scientist initiative to be a part of the process to capture wildlife footage; thereby fostering a sense of stewardship and appreciation for wildlife.

This project came about to elevate the convesation about how humans and wildlife both inherently share the same landscape. We are fortunate to have such a strong group of homeowners who are participating and who understand the value of the wildlife that surrounds them.

Meredith Budd, Regional Policy Director, Florida Wildlife Federation

Homeowners - Critical Partners

Education is one of the most important tools to help reduce human-wildlife conflict. With this goal in mind the fStop Foundation, in collaboration with the Florida Wildlife Federation, reached out to residents whose houses are located on the boarder of wild landscapes along Corkscrew Road in Lee County. Volunteers were selected and cameras were placed in their backyards to document wildlife that live and share the landscape with the residents.  Engaging the public to be a part of the process that captures wildlife on camera fosters a sense of stewardship and appreciation for wildlife. This leads to increased tolerance and, therefore, less potential conflict.  

Homeowners Participating
Cameras Deployed

With expansive residential development encroaching on wildlife habitat in this region, education on co-existence is an important tool to help reduce human-wildlife conflict. The Sharing the Landscape Project is a wildlife-coexistence initiative to educate and assist local stakeholders on the importance of habitat connectivity for the wide-ranging Florida panther. 

NEWS AND MEDIA