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Community Garden

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Orville Edwards, an urban naturalist, describes how community gardens can help improve the quality of life in the city. Vacant lots in a neighborhood in Brooklyn are converted into gardens. Edwards works in the largest community garden. Green spaces, like this garden, become a sanctuary for people living in a busy, congested city. They become spaces for people to relax, experience healthy living and socialize with neighbors in a positive way. In this video segment from WILD TV, Edwards shares his hopes that the garden space will be replicated across the United States to bring people together.

Squirrel Rehabilitation | WILD TV

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Mia rehabilitates squirrels in this segment from WILD TV. Mia’s mother is a state licensed animal rehabilitator. She rescues and takes care of orphaned or injured wildlife with the goal of returning them back to the wild when they are healthy and old enough to survive on their own. Mia and her mother do not get paid to do this. They do volunteer work because they care for animals. The video shows Mia feeding baby squirrels. However, to survive in the wild, the animals learn to be skittish of people and predators.

Trackers

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This WILD TV segment introduces John Stokes, and some friends, who are a part of the Tracking Project in New Mexico. A tracker reads the prints on the ground made by an animal or person. Mr. Stokes teaches us how to be trackers in this clip. To be a tracker, you must move slowly, be very quiet, and stay downwind of whatever you are tracking. We also learn how to make a tracking stick, which can help get even more information.

Wonderful Worms

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In this video segment from WILD TV, learn about 14-year-old Abigail Harden and her fascination with worms. She describes them as her first pets. She estimates there are about 50,000 worms in her local community garden. By eating organic matter, worms provide rich nutrients through their feces to help the plants grow. As they move through the soil they also provide aeration and drainage for the roots of the plants. Spreading fruit pulp around the plants to feed the worms draws them to the plants. The worms reproduce rapidly and hibernate in the winter by burrowing deep into the ground.

Help students differentiate between facts and opinions with the related lesson Facts or Opinions - Wonderful Worms.

Garden Spiders

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Although the brown recluse spider shares the garden with the famous black widow, did you know, of the two spiders, the brown recluse is more aggressive and more likely to bite? Or did you know the garden spider can easily handle prey larger than itself? In this video segment from Garden Insects, learn about six varieties of spiders that live in one garden. Of the six types, garden, black widow, brown recluse, wolf, crab, and jumping, each has its own unique characteristics and role to fulfill in a busy garden ecosystem.

Bee Swarm

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What you see in this video from Wild TV will amaze you! Wali, an actor, is working with an entomologist (insect expert) who is also a trained bee handler. With the entomologist's help, Wali picks up a bee cage that contains the queen bee of the colony. The worker bees swarm onto Wali’s hand while he is holding the queen bee’s cage. This shows one way that bee colonies work together in an organized way to survive.

Cloud the Horse: Foal

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In this video segment from Nature, cinematographer and narrator Ginger Kathrens brings her perspective to the lives of wild horses as she chronicles the growth and development of one young horse who she calls "Cloud." Cloud, a young foal, is only a few hours old. He walks with his mother in a band, or family, of wild horses for several miles uphill to the deep forest in the Arrowhead Mountains of Montana to reach their water supply. There are many obstacles to his survival, including mountain lions waiting in the shadows to pounce on the conspicuous light-colored palomino colt.

Shelter Dogs: What Can You Do?

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Animal shelters euthanize animals when no one adopts them. After 7 days, if a lost dog’s owner doesn’t come pick up or rescue the dog, the shelter can euthanize it. In this video segment from WILD TV, Joyce, the narrator, says 26,000 dogs a year are picked up by the animal shelter. To help find homes Joyce, who is also a photographer, takes pictures of the dogs and posts the pictures on the Internet. She hopes people will see the dogs on the Internet and come to the shelter to adopt them. Joyce believes people can make a difference by doing something little.

Jarrod Studies Birds

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Jarrod Santora, professor at the College of Staten Island, is an ornithologist, a person who studies birds. In this segment from WILD TV, Jarrod describes his job. One of his responsibilities is to "band" or identify birds by putting a small bracelet around the birds' legs. Jarrod gets up before sunrise and spreads nets along bushes to safely catch birds. To get birds to go into the net, sometimes he will call them with whistles and noises, such as a screeching owl noise. Once birds are caught in the nets, he can carefully free them and band their legs. For more about the study of birds see, "An Ornithologist's Job".

Bees

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This video segment from WILD TV offers this daring look at bees, an often misunderstood insect. Mace Vaughan, an entomologist or expert on insects, teaches us about how bees swarm, the jobs of the queen and worker bees, how bees communicate with each other, and how the colony survives. Once you are instructed on how to move and act around bees, you won’t be stung. In fact, this video shows bees swarming on a man’s face. It is called a bee beard.

City Parrots

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Wild parrots have been spotted making homes and breeding in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City, on Long Island and in New Jersey. Although these are unlikely locations to find parrots, which typically make their homes in tropical environments, they have proven they are able to survive the cold winters in the northeastern United States. In this video segment from WILD TV, scientists and bird-lovers track and observe the parrots to determine how they are learning to survive in cities and suburbs.

Animal Shelter Photographer

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In this video segment from WILD TV, meet Joyce Faye, an animal photographer. She visits animal shelters in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area to photograph the homeless animals awaiting adoption. There are 26,000 dogs picked up every year in Albuquerque. Faye volunteers her time and expertise taking photographs of the dogs and cats and displays them on her web site. She hopes that people will rescue an animal from the shelter and make it a pet. Faye encourages us to do what we can to make the world a better place. Even small gestures make a difference.

An Ornithologist_s Job

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Jarrod Santora, professor at the college of Staten Island, is an ornithologist, a person who studies birds. In this WILD TV video segment, Jarrod explains the banding system. The band is an aluminum ring with a unique nine-digit number on it. No two birds have the same numbers on their bands, so ornithologists can easily identify the bird. Jarrod uses all of his senses to study birds. When birds are netted and caught, Jarrod weighs them and records their age and other important information. Data or information is collected to determine how and where birds live. For more about the study of birds, see the segment "Jarrod Studies Birds."

Santiago and Morris: Therapy Dog and Trainer

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Santiago Lopez is a young man who needed help. In this video segment from Wild TV, Santiago admits he was beginning to hang out with the wrong people and was getting into trouble in school. His family consistently urged him to change and “to do the right thing." In order to steer his life in a meaningful direction, Santiago became involved in a program called Green Chimmenys where he had the opportunity to help himself by learning how to train therapy dogs. Santiago trained Morris, a golden retriever, who in turn helped Linda Goldberg, a woman with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, deal with her extreme physical pain.

City Pigeons

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In this video segment from WILD TV, we learn that pigeons were domesticated around 4500 B.C. and used to deliver messages in the days of Caesar. They were brought to North America in 1606. While pigeons are wild animals, they rely on humans for their survival in cities. Many pigeons thrive in urban centers by eating scrap foods from people. Historically, pigeons made their homes in cliffs on the European coasts but today they can be found living in the eaves and on ledges of tall buildings. They have an incredible homing instinct, which means they can fly far away and still find their way back to their home

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