Sharing the Landscape

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.  

Wildlife Coexistence

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.

Wildlife is all around us and we are all a part of the same ecosystem. Each species plays an important role and contributes to keeping our environment healthy. This Sharing the Landscape project aims to elevate this concept. It is important to understand that we must not just tolerate wildlife, but rather, we must learn to thrive with wildlife while sharing the landscape.  

Education is one of the most important tools to help reduce human-wildlife conflict. With this goal in mind, the Federation, in collaboration with fStop Foundation, 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.  

Project Objectives

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

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

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

News and Media

FWF’s Sharing the Landscape project, being done in partnership with the fStop Foundation, gained national and international attention in November of 2020 when our backyard cameras captured a man saving his puppy from an alligator. This video elevates the importance of ‘sharing the landscape;’ humans must respect wildlife and, of course, always keep your dog on a leash and avoid lingering near the edge of retention ponds where alligators are known to occupy. 

Due to the graphic nature of this video, viewer discretion is advised.