Last week we introduced our pre-production plans and revealed that for this year’s documentary we’ll be heading to sunny Florida. This week we thought we’d expand a bit on why we’ve chosen Florida as our destination.
Over the years more and more people have moved to Florida and the state’s population is the largest growing in the country. With nearly 1,000 people moving in each day, this increase in population results in an increase in infrastructure and construction. Each year the state loses approximately 175,000 acres of their agricultural and native landscape to new infrastructure. By 2050 it is predicted that this development will cover more than a third of the state.
Why has this peaked our interest? This past summer a two-year-old boy’s life was tragically taken after he was pulled by an alligator into a lagoon near a Walt Disney World hotel. We’re curious to learn to what extent the increase in Floridian infrastructure can be deemed responsible for such an event. In developing our story, we hope to highlight the consequences of human encroachment on animal habitats in Florida.
We’ll be staying at the Archbold Biological Station for most our trip. Located near the western coast of Florida, Archbold is host to 208 species of birds, 593 vascular plants, 27 species of fish, and 44 species of mammals.
The station’s mission is to “build and share the scientific knowledge needed to protect the life, lands, and waters of the heart of Florida and beyond”. We’re very excited to interact with and document Archbold’s team of scientists and researchers who dedicate their time to ecological studies and the preservation of Floridian wildlife. With 75 years of continuous scientific studies and more than 2,100 publications, we know Archbold is the perfect place for us to effectively tell the story of Florida’s rapidly increasing infrastructure and how its impacting the state’s natural habitats.