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. 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 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. Engaging the public to be a part of the process that captures wildlife on camera fosters a sense of stewardship and appreciation for wildlife. This leads to increased tolerance and, therefore, less potential conflict.