Biodiversity

DragonflyTV | Biodiversity

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Jessica and Stanley are exploring the African rain forest on their home turf in New York City! They went to the Bronx Zoo where they have animals and plants just like those in the Congo. They'd heard how many different kinds of animals and plants live in the rain forest, so they wanted to see for themselves how that could be. Their question: how can so many different kinds of animals live together in the rain forest?

My Date with a Giant Pacific Octopus | It's Okay to Be Smart

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Joe went behind the scenes at Monterey Bay Aquarium to meet the Giant Pacific Octopus, a powerful and curious creature that challenges many of our notions of intelligence!

Why Protect Pollinators? | Our Hungry Planet

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Pollinators like bees, birds, and bats contribute to the biodiversity and resilience of ecosystems and benefit people. What can we do to protect them?

This video is part of a larger unit in the California Academy of Sciences' Flipside Science series: Our Hungry Planet: Food for a Growing Population

Wild Ways | Connectivity Conservation from Yellowstone to Yukon

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Find out more about an ambitious plan to create a wildlife corridor connecting North American national parks, in this video from NOVA: Wild Ways. Researcher Mike Proctor is on the front lines working to determine which places outside parks are important to protect for the passage of bears. The idea is called connectivity conservation, and the aspirational Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative seeks to connect core areas over a 2,000-mile stretch to allow passage for large mammals. This also means protection for a majority of other species. Partners in the project work with landowners and managers of public lands to ensure wildlife’s safe movement. This resource is part of the NOVA Collection.

HADES Expedition

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The HADES Expedition seeks to learn what lives in the deep sea and how the ecosystem is organized. Join the team as they discover the bioorganisms, sediment, and topography of the deep ocean. 

Clip 3: Sharks | Gulf Detectives

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Trophic Ecologists explain the importance of sharks and their place in the ecosystem. Then Alex goes back to Dauphin Island Sea Lab for a shark dissection.

Rare Nebraska Featuring the Indian Caves State Park

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As a companion to NET’s The PlainStory podcast, NET has produced a set of immersive, experiential videos designed to give viewers a taste of rare Nebraskan habitats via 360 video and audio. We recommend viewing these using the Chrome browser and using headphones to get the full audio effect. We also recommend checking out The PlainStory podcast at plainstorypodcast.org, or wherever great podcasts are downloaded.

What If There Were No Sharks? | It's Okay to Be Smart

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Sharks are WAY more important than you may realize.

Gross Science | Four Deadly Carnivorous Plants

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Learn about four types of carnivorous plants, in this video from NOVA’s Gross Science series. Plants require sunlight, water, air, and mineral nutrients to survive. Most carnivorous plants live in environments that have low levels of vital nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous, the building blocks of DNA and proteins. These plants have developed adaptations that allow them to survive in nutrient-poor conditions by drawing nutrients from such prey as insects, crustaceans, and even small mammals. Carnivorous plants have evolved all around the world, and several different types of trapping mechanisms exist. This resource is part of the NOVA: Gross Science Collection.

Watch Vanessa Hill's video, A Venus Flytrap Works Just Like Your Brain to learn how humans are similar to plants.

Wild Ways | Isolation Limits Park Biodiversity

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Learn how two conservation areas in Tanzania illustrate the importance of park size and location in maintaining population diversity, in this video from NOVA: Wild Ways. The Connecticut-sized Serengeti National Park is home to some 24 prides of lions, each with about a dozen females. Because males have enough room to roam and mate with females from different prides, genetic diversity is maintained. But in the nearby Ngorongoro Crater, the small lion population is isolated and vulnerable to inbreeding. Ngorongoro is emblematic of problems worldwide where biodiversity declines as habitats get increasingly fragmented and isolated due to human impacts. This resource is part of the NOVA Collection.

Caution: Video contains images of lions with carcasses from their hunt.

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