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.

Things Are Popping!

First, we want to thank the Puffin Foundation for helping to make Guardians of the Everglades® possible.

It's "Season" here in south Florida, and we have a lot to share.

Collier County Audubon and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary host GUARDIANS OF THE EVERGLADES® as their annual Gala Feb. 7.

Senator Bob Graham ©Nicholas Petrucci

Senator Bob Graham ©Nicholas Petrucci

Guardians of the Everglades® Exhibition featuring 7 Guardians' portraits, 15 endangered species sheer panels, photographic prints, sounds and visual installations opens Feb 15 for a six week run at Blair Audubon Center Theater, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Visits to the exhibit are free with admission to the Sanctuary.

Sen. Bob Graham's portrait is the newest addition and if you can't come to the shows, view it on the web site.

Magazine, newspaper and radio coverage has been generous.  Gulf Shore Life Magazine - - featured four of the Guardians, one orchid panel, and an article in the February issue, page 152.  Anne Claire Shilton at the Fort Myers News Press produced a very flattering article:  John Davis of WGCU interviewed both of us on his weekly Gulf Coast Live radio show.  We are grateful for all the coverage.

Everglades at High Water with Cypress Knees ©Connie Bransilver

Everglades at High Water with Cypress Knees ©Connie Bransilver

Still to be distributed, Portfolio Magazine's Bill Hemmer interviewed us for a feature article in the February issue.

Bill produced an exhibit at Miromar Design Center in Estero, FL, during January with works from nature photographers who had been featured in Portfolio over the past years, as well as three of Nicholas' paintings since his paintings had also been featured in Portfolio.  Fine Lines Experience requested that we extend at Miromar until June 1st and we are honored to do so.

Our first of three multimedia lectures for Cypress Trust Company went very well in Naples.  Two more are scheduled in February in Vero Beach and Palm Beach. We appreciate the opportunity to share our enthusiasm for the Guardians and their work.

Great Egret ©Connie Bransilver

Great Egret ©Connie Bransilver

The first question after the lecture was "How can we contribute?"  We were not prepared to answer then, but we are now, and we have posted the answer on our web site at Please have a look and become a part of the project.

We thank you all, and particularly we thank Ed Clay and Hank Sorrick who are, so far, contributing their considerable filmmaking skills. We also want to thank Kim Yantis-Strycharski and Jennifer Tisthammer at Deering Estate at Cutler in Miami for making it our best exhibition yet!


Connie (and Nicholas)

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