Biodiversity

Paws for a Minute: Red Panda

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This original, one-minute video produced by Rhode Island PBS in association with Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI, profiles the red panda. Featured information includes where red pandas live in the wild, features of their habitat, description of how specific physical features and feeding behaviors help the animal survive.

What Animals Live in a Coral Reef?

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Dive underwater to meet some of the many creatures that inhabit a coral reef. Hidden in nooks and crannies, we find a multitude of organisms, in a complex web of connections. Why does the moray eel appreciate the cleaner shrimp and the cleaner wrasse? How does the trapezia crab defends its home? What does a nudibranch—a brightly-colored sea slug—eat?

Bats: Guardians of the Night | It's Okay to Be Smart

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Visit Bat Conservation International to learn more about these amazing species and what we can do to protect them.

Vegetation on the Prairie

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This video demonstrates the importance of vegetation to the platte river prairies. The amazing biodiversity on the prairie contains around 227 total grass species in Nebraska and 78 grass species.

Water Quality Manager | Career Series

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Meet Karen Tuttle-Stearns, Water Quality Manager at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Discover how Karen uses her expertise as a chemist to support the health and wellbeing of animals at the Aquarium. In this video series, Karen shares what it is like to work in a laboratory, collect data using specialized instruments, and design tests and protocols. From Karen’s story, students will gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities of working in the STEM field, the skills necessary to be successful, potential career paths, and advice for aspiring students.

Coastal Food Web

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Learn about species connectedness and how changes in the ecosystem effect a community in Coastal Food Web. Enter a kelp forest and explore the various threads that connect species together in food webs. In addition to showcasing live footage from a unique ecosystem, each of the three videos in the Exploring Ecosystems series features an opportunity for students to actively participate in a problem-solving scenario based on an ongoing research project of an Academy scientist.

Baobab | San Diego Zoo Kids

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Learn about the diverse habitat of the wildlands of Madagascar by taking a look at the plants and animals of this ecosystem including the Baobab Tree.

How Do Scientist Divers Explore the Twilight Zone?

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Plunge into the darkness with several scuba divers as they shine a light on sticky jellies, exploring ecosystems that few will ever experience in real life.

Create an Herbarium Using Plant Presses

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Plant specimens are part of an herbarium or dried plant collection and used as reference material for researchers who are working to understand the health of the prairie ecosystem. This video demonstrates how to collect, prepare, identify, label, and mount plants on herbarium sheets.

Time-Lapse: Crane Roost on the Platte River

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A Crane Roost on the Platte River—experience this time-lapse experience of the Crane migration to Central Nebraska.

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