Guardians of the Everglades®

To introduce the public to the fragile beauty of the Everglades and its unique ecosystem; to honor today’s leadership in conservation and restoration through great art and compelling human stories; and to encourage the public and policy makers to participate in the protection of the Everglades.

December 2013 Updates

Dear Contributors and Friends,

Lee Tiger, son of Guardian Buffalo Tiger of the Miccosukee  ©Connie Bransilver

Lee Tiger, son of Guardian Buffalo Tiger of the Miccosukee  ©Connie Bransilver

EXHIBITION:
Seven portraits are complete, paint dry and varnish drying; five to go.  Goal for completion: January 2015.  The banners are complete, and we are working with Jackie Butcher Oberdorf to create a narrative, package the exhibition, and book museums.  The Audubon Gala in February was very dramatic and a roaring success, as was the exhibit at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary through May. The bad news is that we have had several physical challenges slowing progress in 2013 including Nicholas' knee replacement and an unplanned three weeks in Illinois closing out some estate matters. All done.  Ready to start the next portrait.

Video Clip: Guardians of the Everglades® - Corkscrew Swamp.
Aerial flight made possible by Lighthawk.org
©Connie Bransilver

NW Lake Okeechobee Overflow. Aerial flight made possible by Lighthawk.org  ©Connie Bransilver

NW Lake Okeechobee Overflow. Aerial flight made possible by Lighthawk.org  ©Connie Bransilver

DOCUMENTARY:
We were very disappointed to accept Sandy Cannon-Brown's resignation as Director.  She has moved to rural Maryland and felt she was too remote from south Florida to continue effectively.  The good news is that she has offered to consult whenever called upon.  We are talking with two local directors now.  

The challenge is -- what else? -- money, money, money.  We are actively applying to every possible funding source including Creative Capital, Rauschenberg, Skoll, Pollock and, of course, the Everglades Foundation.  Not only is competition particularly fierce, but Guardians of the Everglades® appears to be the proverbial square peg.  If you know anyone who can be helpful, please let us know!

Your contributions have gone toward filming, editing, equipment (GoPro and accessories, external drives), and support services. Of course, our time and talent as well as much of Sandy's has not been compensated yet.

Women in Film and Video (www.WIFV.org) continues to act as our fiscal sponsor, permitting foundations and individuals to make charitable gifts.  Lighthawk.org, has flown Connie twice now to make aerial videos of vulnerable areas of the Everglades, and more flights are planned.  The Puffin Foundation supported Nicholas' painting, and it has been spent and reported, but we are still greatly appreciative.

We invite you to see some of our footage at www.youtube.com/user/EvergladeGuardians as well as the clips here.

Miles and miles of sugar south of Lake Okeechobee, in the line of historic Everglades water flows from the lake.  ©Connie Bransilver

Miles and miles of sugar south of Lake Okeechobee, in the line of historic Everglades water flows from the lake.  ©Connie Bransilver

BOOK:
Given the funding challenges, the book to be published by ORO has been put on a back burner for now.

We want to thank you all for your contributions, and ask if you might consider another contribution before the end of the year via Women in Film and Video to secure your 2013 tax deduction. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

With gratitude, 

Nicholas and Connie

NW Lake Okeechobee perimeter, polluted and ready to flow down the Calooshatchee canal and river into the estuary. Aerial flight made possible by Lighthawk.org.   ©Connie Bransilver


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