Ecology

Aquifer-In-A-Cup

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This series of video vignettes, brought to us by the Spokane Joint Aquifer Board and produced by KSPS Public Television, helps young learners understand what an aquifer is, the process of retrieving water from the aquifer, and ways to protect and preserve the aquifer.

Tornado | Wild Kratts

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Learn about tornadoes with the Wild Kratts gang. When a twister surprises the Tortuga mid-flight, the crew decides to abandon ship.

Counting Raptors | Wild Kratts

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Learn about animal classification with the Wild Kratts gang. Martin shows Koki how to identify birds of prey by their silhouettes in the sky.

Sandhills Power-lines and Wind Power | Platte Basin Education

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Powerlines and windmills are becoming a controversial topic for Sandhills farmers and ranchers. While the windmills bring green energy to the area, other issues such as impact on wildlife and natural resources rises to the forefront. This video debates the topic on the Switzer ranch, including how they are approaching the issues and making it work.

The Paulman Family Farms | Four Generations of Farmers

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As the human population continues to grow, we can expect landscapes to continue to change to meet humankind’s survival needs. However, with limited land available for conversion, we face a global challenge of balancing production of food, fiber, and fuel with protection of valuable natural resources and stable ecosystems. In this lesson, students are challenged to examine this challenge through the lens of a modern Midwest American farm family. The balancing of human and environmental needs is known as “sustainable development,” but the term “sustainable” can have many meanings. Students will compare their ideas of “sustainability” with what “sustainability” means to farmers. In agriculture, many farmers are adopting more sustainable or regenerative practices to balance social, economic, and environmental values.

Urban Stream Restoration

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This NC Now Coastwatch segment documents how scientists and engineers are rehabilitating North Carolina's buried and polluted streams. Their efforts, undertook by scientists and engineers with support from the state and public universities, will improve water quality and support acquatic ecosystems.

Paws for a Minute | Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

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Learn about linne’s two-toed sloths — where they live in the wild, features of their habitat, and how their specific physical features and feeding behaviors help them survive. (This original, one-minute video was produced by Rhode Island PBS, in association with Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island.) 

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Discover the Secret of the Basilisk Lizard | Wild Kratts

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Come learn about the characteristics of the basilisk lizard with the Wild Kratts gang. A basilisk lizard uses his creature powers to avoid becoming a snake's lunch.

Mystery Tongue! | Wild Kratts

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Join the Wild Kratt gang as they learn about termites, their homes, and their predators. Koki and Aviva help sort the eggs in the royal chamber. When a giant tongue attacks the termite mound, Chris and Martin use their skills of deduction to determine the predator's identity.

Trees Mitigate Climate Change | Decoding the Weather Machine

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Explore how humans and plants influence carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, with these videos from NOVA: Decoding the Weather Machine. Use this resource to develop and use models of the carbon cycle to consider strategies for mitigating climate change and to provide an opportunity for students to make an argument about the value of trying to achieve negative carbon emissions.

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