We know the bad-news reel gets old. It’s good to stop and remember what we’re working so hard to protect. Here’s your dose of Everglades zen.

Wild Observations

This past weekend we walked with conservation artist Deborah Mitchell through six enchanting destination-exhibition sites hidden within the Everglades National Park trails.

Deborah’s art combines scientific research with artistic interpretation to map an ecological and cultural study of observations occurring in our wild places. Through her work, she aims to inspire restoration of ecosystems, combat climate change, address habitat loss and reduce invasive species. These photos capture a few of the moments we encountered with a small group of Marjory’s Circle members — as we took part in a visual and sensory experience exploring the changes in wildlife corridors.

Deborah’s “Bird Cube,” at Royal Palm Visitors Center depicts species known to utilize newly protected wildlife corridors — and on the morning we visited, it was a favorite hangout of vultures.

The outing offered us the opportunity to revel in some of Florida’s unique landscapes while interacting with a group of supporters who share our passion for protecting the Everglades more intimately. For us, the day was a combination of many moments of Everglades zen. Deborah’s installation, Wild Observations at Everglades National Park, will be on display through June 1. Visit her website if you would like to plan a self-guided tour.