Human ecology

Eagles & Off-Roaders | Idaho Science Journal

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Off-highway vehicle activity has increased on Bureau of Land Management lands nationwide, and specifically in southwestern Idaho. That may be bad news for the golden eagles. Reporter Joan Cartan-Hansen goes along with scientists from Boise State University as they study how human disturbances are impacting these amazing birds and what can be done to find a balance between people’s desire to get into the back country and the needs of the birds. 

The Blizzard of '49 | Operation Haylift & Snowbound

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The Storm of the Century: The Blizzard of 49 is a WyomingPBS documentary.  This documentary tells the story of the worst series of storms in Wyoming's history.  But for all the tragedy and loss, suffering, and death, there was hope and heroism, unselfish sacrifice, and generosity. Students will learn about the Blizzard of 1949 and the emergency actions taken by the United States government in response.

The resource videos are based on this documentary and include associated lesson plans.  There are two video clips. Clip one starts at the beginning and ends at 3:25 minutes, Clip two begins at 3:40 minutes and ends at 8:02 minutes. 

 

 

Students will learn about the Blizzard of 1949 and the emergency actions taken by the United States government in response.

Nobel: Avoiding Dust

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Nobel talks about ways his family would avoid dust during the Dust Bowl in this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The Dust Bowl".

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Dust Bowl: Earl Stagner's Memories

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Students will investigate the experiences of those that lived through the dust bowl with this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The Dust Bowl." Understand the mindset of the dust bowl survivors through this interview with Stagner, who talks about his memories of the days of dust.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

New Orleans: The Water Line

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Learn how community groups and outside organizations are making it possible for one New Orleans community to rebuild.

Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Air | Red River Oxcarts

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Learn about the Red River oxcarts that were the primary means of transporting goods from the Red River Valley to St. Paul.

Cheaper Routes | Steamboats on the Red

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Learn about the problems boat captains faced in this video from the Steamboats on the Red series. Piloting steamboats on the shallow Red River wasn’t without its share of problems: getting stuck, boats sinking, and turning the boats around were just some of the problems the boat captains faced.

Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it’s hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. From the first in 1859 to the last that sank in 1909, Red River steamboats hauled thousands of settlers and millions of tons of freight across the border between the United States and Canada. Although it lasted barely 50 years, the age of the steamboat forged a commercial network between the two countries that exists to this day in the Interstate-29 corridor.

Faces of the Oil Patch | Glenda Baker Embry (City Drivers)

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Glenda Baker Embry can tell that not everyone in Parshall, North Dakota, is originally from North Dakota because they look different and they speak differently. She also comments that small-town North Dakota drivers are getting hand gestures other than the neighborly waves they once got.

Mt. Shasta | Ken Burns: Horatio's Drive

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Horatio drove through beautiful countryside in Northern California. It was a visceral experience with the open car. They headed away from the mountains and came to the town of Alturas, California.

Harvesting the Wind

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In this video, discover how wind farms may be the salvation of small-town America. In the southwest corner of Minnesota - the Buffalo Ridge region - there is a productive and progressive wind industry that is not only providing clean energy, but also economic opportunity and prosperity to the local community. Dan Juhl, president of Woodstock Wind Farm, will describe the process by which he leased land to create a wind farm in the Buffalo Ridge region of Minnesota.

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