|Amazing volunteer, Roy Ault, holding down the Sierra Club table! (c) Alexis Meyer|
With over 1,500 visitors and 50 vendors and exhibitors, it was an incredible day. The Florida Panther Festival aims to raise awareness for the critically endangered Florida panther, while bringing together numerous stakeholders who work on panther issues.
|Model of livestock fencing. (c) Alexis Meyer|
|Sun Lion Tangerines. (c) Alexis Meyer|
The following day, Sunday, was filled with field trips to areas known for panther sightings. Participants could go on a CREW "Passport to Panthers" guided walk, a Panther Bike Ride through Big Cypress, a buggy ride through the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, and many other activities through out Picayune Strand State Forest, Fakahatchee Preserve, and Babcock Ranch.
Overall, it was an incredible experience. Having so many dedicated people and organizations in one room was truly inspiring. So many people have dedicated themselves to raising awareness for panthers, and the Florida Panther Festival is a wonderful place to see all their hard work in action. It was the first time Sierra Club has been involved with the festival, and we can't wait for next year's event!
|Good times had by all!|