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.

Guardians Updates November 2011

Gladesman and Conservationist Franklin Adams ©Nicholas Petrucci  

Gladesman and Conservationist Franklin Adams ©Nicholas Petrucci

 

Conservationist, Gladesman & Friend, Franklin Adams at Home in the Glades

Franklin is tireless in working to educate Floridians about their heartland. Franklin says of the Gladesmen culture of tropical Florida, dependent upon and protective of the natural environment, "It's something we love and it's deeply ingrained in us . . . This is my place, in the swamp, and that's where I'm happy and what I know. I'm a master naturalist, and I'm still learning at my age."

 

Connie is a Panelist at the Society of Environmental Journalists 21st Annual Conference in Miami

World View - Madagascar ©Connie Bransilver

World View - Madagascar ©Connie Bransilver

Connie joined Pulitzer Prize winners Michael Kodas and Patrick Farrell, iLCP fellow Carlton Ward, and colleague and friend Clyde Butcher discussing the stories behind their most compelling images. Images, the panelists all said, can convey powerful environmental information in a way the written word will never match.

Connie's presentation included her image from Madagascar called "World View" of a boy whose life was about to change forever with the arrival of researchers from the west.

The New York Times covered the panel discussion in "Green" by Rachel Nuwer, featuring Madagascar Burning ©Connie Bransilver

The New York Times covered the panel discussion in "Green" by Rachel Nuwer, featuring Madagascar Burning ©Connie Bransilver

"Madagascar Burning." Nuwer writes, "Through a haze of smoke, the viewer sees the stark outline of two human figures among jagged stumps of felled trees. Discernible in the background is a blue swell of jungle, still intact." Read the rest and see the photo at

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/25/a-photographic-call-to-action/

 

Connie's Tour of the Hurricane Center

Hurricane Hunters at NOAA ©Connie Bransilver

Hurricane Hunters at NOAA ©Connie Bransilver

Wall of Wind ©Connie Bransilver

Wall of Wind ©Connie Bransilver

Greater understanding, a photo of the National Hurricane Center, a picture and article about the structure testing facility called the Wall of Wind, and a spot on the queue to fly with the "Miss Piggy" next season -- all resulted from an intensive day learning about the effect of these massive storms on human and natural habitat.

Jane Goodall - Portrait by Nicholas Petrucci, Photo ©Connie Bransilver  

Jane Goodall - Portrait by Nicholas Petrucci, Photo ©Connie Bransilver

 

Bernard Gieske's Poem, Jane's Menagerie, Inspired by Nicholas' Portrait of Dr. Jane Goodall

Thank you again, Bernard, for honoring the work of Nicholas and Connie and the inspirational Dr. Jane Goodall.

www.janegoodall.org

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