Biodiversity

I Don't Think You're Ready for these Jellies | It's Okay to Be Smart

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Joe Hanson went behind the scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium to learn about jellyfish.

Big Pacific: Violent

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Explore the predatory relationships and uniquely harsh conditions experienced by animals, sea creatures, and microbes in the Pacific waters surrounding the Philippines, China, Indonesia, and New Zealand.

Clip 4: The Benthic Zone | Gulf Detectives

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To get to the bottom of the question, Morgan heads to the Benthic Zone to meet with marine mud experts to learn how organisms are collected. Then back at the lab, he learns more about these organisms and their importance to the ecosystem.

Virtual Field Trip Video: Coastal Peru | Nature Works Everywhere

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Join fisheries scientist Matias Caillaux from The Nature Conservancy to explore the Humboldt Current Ecosystem off the coast of Peru while learning about the area’s amazing diversity and productivity. While Peru is most frequently recognized for its rainforests, mountains, and ancient Inca civilizations, it is also home to one of the most productive ocean ecosystems. 

Find a teacher's guide here to accompany this field trip.

White Island | Big Pacific: Violent

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White Island sits 30 miles off the coast of New Zealand. This is an active volcano, 150,000 years old and still steaming. Cracks in the volcano called fumaroles allow sulphurous gases to escape and crystalize. The volcano’s crater lake reaches 122 degrees Fahrenheit and has a pH of 1, signifying its extreme acidity and inability to sustain human, plant, or animal life. But White Island is not entirely uninhabitable: primitive microbes known as extremophiles live in the crater lake, giving it a distinctive bright green color.

Eight Incredible Deep Sea Oddities | It's Okay to Be Smart

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We know more about some other planets than we do about the deepest corners of Earth's oceans, and the species we've found there are almost alien. Here's some of the most unbelievable oddities ever observed! Special thanks to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) for help with this video!

Time-Lapse: Beaver Lodge at the Crane Trust

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Beavers are the engineers of the wetland ecosystem.  They build dams to slow the flow of water in streams and rivers so that they can build lodges for shelter. For more than 20-million years beavers gnawed trees and built dams in the Platte River prairie region. Beavers were historically important to the North American fur trade, and as a result, they were hunted to near extinction by 1900.

Educator Support Video: Habitat Survey | Nature Works Everywhere

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This short video for educators supports the Garden Lesson Plan for Habitat and Pollinators. The video walks educators step-by-step through the use of a school garden or other space for conducting a habitat survey in order to examine the biodiversity and health of a garden ecosystem. Use this video in preparation for teaching the lesson.

Virtual Field Trip Video: Borneo | Nature Works Everywhere

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What does sound tell us about the world’s wildest places? To find out, join science writer Justine Hausheer on a Virtual Field Trip to Borneo, the third largest island in the world. We’ll explore a compelling question: How can we use science and acoustic technology to care for the land and protect the plants and animals in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions? 

Find a teacher's guide here to accompany the virtual field trip.

The Living Soil Beneath Our Feet | Habitat Earth

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Travel underground for an up-close look at the ants, amoebas, and bacteria that maintain healthy soil. Glimpse this microscopic world and learn about the symbiotic relationship between fungi and tree roots.

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