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.

Summertime and the Livin' is...Busy!

Mary Barley is the Newest Guardian, with Her Late Husband, George

Mary Barley and Nicholas Petrucci ©Connie Bransilver

Mary Barley and Nicholas Petrucci ©Connie Bransilver

Barley Basin ©Connie Bransilver

Barley Basin ©Connie Bransilver

Thanks to a wonderful introduction by Nat Reed, Mary Barley has agreed to be the newest Guardian of the Everglades®.  Mary and George, along with their colleague and friend, Paul Tudor Jones, adored living and fishing on Florida Bay. In the 1980s they found upstream problems causing incredible algal blooms in the bay, turning once crystal water the color of pea soup. It was nearly dead. With Nat's guidance, they became tireless advocates for restoration from north of Lake Okeechobee all the way down to Florida Bay.  After George's untimely death in a plane crash in the 1990s, Mary took up the banner and has been an activist and leader in Everglades restoration.  Besides, she is a perfectly delightful person and now friend.  See More about Mary & George Barley.

 

Shooting Lee Tiger for the Documentary

 

Director Sandy Cannon-Brown and the film crew of Ed Clay, Hank Sorrick and Connie spent three days in the field in Miccosukee lands/waters. We interviewed Lee Tiger on behalf of his father, Buffalo Tiger, along with Betty Osceola, a family member who now operates Buffalo Tiger Airboat Rides. Special treat: Buffalo was up and having lunch in the Miccosukee Restaurant with us. As soon as we have some edited clips, we will be posting them, but in the meantime, please visit facebook.com/evergladesguardians to see some production clips of the crew racing through the River of Grass on Buffalo's airboat.

 

African Genesis - Unique and Exclusive Visit to the Kibale, Uganda, Chimpanzee Research Site

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African Genesis Intelligent Thought - Chimp ©Connie Bransilver

African Genesis Intelligent Thought - Chimp ©Connie Bransilver

This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore human evolution in its birthplace with two of the most exciting and innovative evolutionary thinkers of our times. I have been there, worked with Richard Wrangham and his chimpanzee community, and truly, it is one of the greatest experiences of my life.  See for yourself.  (Click here)

 

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Exhibition Ends - Sort Of

Guardians of the Everglades® Preview Exhibition in the theater at Blair Adubon Center closing date was May 20. Corkscrew kept six endangered species banners in the entry hall and we added 16 framed native orchid prints. They will all be on display throughout the summer. Summer reveals a whole new swamp scene. The mammals arrive and the flowers -- orchids and wild hibiscus, a summertime favorite.

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Hibiscus ©Connie Bransilver

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Hibiscus ©Connie Bransilver

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Exhibit ©Connie Bransilver

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Exhibit ©Connie Bransilver

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Exhibit ©Connie Bransilver

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Exhibit ©Connie Bransilver

Coming Soon - lots of time in the field during our wonderful tropical rainy season and painting the remaining Guardians.


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