Florida Beauty in Nature on WUSF TV

Big Cypress Swamp (above)

WUSF Public Media is proud to announce that the Mosaic Co. has underwritten a new series of 90-second videos by award-winning filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus featuring short stories on the environmental beauty of Florida. Stoltzfus is well known for his numerous Public Broadcast Television documentaries, including "Kissimmee Basin: the Northern Everglades" and most recently the "Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee," which was also underwritten by Mosaic.  The short videos will air on WUSF TV throughout the coming year.  We hope you enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of natural Florida as much as we do.

Rookery Bay, Naples Florida
One of the Nation's last remaining undisturbed estuaries is located near the Western edge of the Everglades in Southwest Florida. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is a sanctuary for a productive and diverse community of wildlife. This estuary provides a nursery for a wide variety of birds and marine life. The reserve's boundaries have expanded to one hundred and ten thousand acres, from Naples south through the Ten Thousand Islands.

Flowers of Southwest Florida
The region of the wilds in Southwest Florida has a very diverse collection of plants. The flowers that bloom in abundance range from the endangered Ghost orchid to the dazzling air plants in the deep swamps. "An artist must process Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language." - Henri Matisse

The Myakka State Park
Myakka River State Park is located 9 miles east of Interstate 75 in Sarasota County. Myakka is one these unique landscape treasure that keeps calling you back in the waterway and marshes. There are many opportunities to capture great wildlife images. The 90 second story that was produced this summer, the video was captured in two days from dawn to dusk.

Myakka is one of the state’s largest and oldest parks. The land area is 37,000 acres making this one of most diverse natural areas. A series of excellent hiking trails provide an outdoors enthusiast a place to observe wildlife through the marshes and pine lands. The Park has a diverse collection of wildlife including a large inventory of Florida gators.

Birds of SouthWest Florida
Bird watching in Florida is over $3 billion a year for Florida's economy. Florida has a wide range of birding hotspots and festivals.

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