Fisheating Creek: Wild River of the Everglades

Fisheating Creek: a river as wild and mysterious as the name suggests. The only free-flowing river into Lake Okeechobee, this is an incredibly important part of the Everglades watershed, as well as a critically important wildlife corridor for some of Florida’s most threatened species.

50 years ago the Kern family and a group of other conservationists purchased a square mile tract of Florida wilderness along the Fisheating Creek River. Fisheating Creek is the only free-flowing river that feeds into Lake Okeechobee, making it a critical part of the Everglades watershed, and an important wildlife corridor.


Filmmaker Richard Kern takes viewers on a journey through the river, the wetlands, and upland habitats of Fisheating Creek. This is a wilderness area brimming with biodiversity and, for Richard, decades of memories. Along the way we’ll learn about ecosystem engineers like gopher tortoises and woodpeckers. We’ll meet the world’s longest studied bird, the gregarious Florida scrub jay, and we’ll have an encounter with one of Florida’s most elusive mammals: the critically endangered Florida panther.


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Coming soon


The Florida Scrub Jay

Gopher Tortoise: Ecosystem Engineer