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  • Cane Toads: The Conquest – Mark Lewis (2010)

    Cane Toads: The Conquest – Mark Lewis (2010)

    Cane Toads: The Conquest is a remake of a hugely successful 1988 documentary that became one of the classics of nature documentaries focusing on biological invasions. It is a remarkable story of a species being extremely successful in an environment that is free from diseases, parasites and predators. Cane Toads: The Conquest updates the status of this biological range expansion after their introduction to Australia in 1935. Interviews with residents newly exposed to Cane Toads as well as follow ups […]

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  • Cormorant Pursuing a Fish School – Lütfü Tanrıöver (2014)

    Cormorant Pursuing a Fish School – Lütfü Tanrıöver (2014)

    Lütfü Tanrıöver recorded this short observation in the eastern Mediterranean town of Fethiye. As the camera rolled it recorded some pretty interesting interactions. Most water birds ambush their prey. Cormorants are different. They actively chase their prey underwater. Here you can see one going after a small school of Mediterranean sand smelt (Atherina hepsetus). Predation pressure is intense. If you pay attention you will notice another predator of small fish, a blue-spotted cornet fish entering the screen from the very […]

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  • Acid Oceans – Science Bulletins – AMNH

    Acid Oceans – Science Bulletins – AMNH

    Since the beginning of the industrial revolution a quarter of the carbon that has been released into the atmosphere was absorbed by the oceans. As a result the acidity of the oceans has increased by %30. Increasing acidity makes it corrosive dissolving the calcium shells of marine organisms. Ocean acidification will affect fisheries by disrupting the very base of the food-webs. Sea urchins, hermit crabs, lobsters, coral polyp prefer ocean water with a pH of about 8.2 in order to […]

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  • Climate Science in Action – Earth Focus / Link TV (2014)

    Climate Science in Action – Earth Focus / Link TV (2014)

    We have a very dynamic planet. Throughout it’s geological evolution ice sheets grew and shrunk many times. This process still continues each year through a number of rather complex interactions between land, atmosphere and ocean. Climate science is working hard to measure, document and understand these interactions both on land and from orbit. Satellite missions launched in 1990s produced some very informative estimates about polar regions. Scientists are now collaborating to detail these observations from land measuring the mass balance […]

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  • Salt Marsh Watch – Dean Hardy

    Salt Marsh Watch – Dean Hardy

    How will rising sea levels affect coastlines? As this is written, rate of sea level rise is about 3 milimeters per year worldwide. The main video above is a quick “snapshot” of the tidal flow in a Georgia salt marsh replete with smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) and marsh fiddler crabs (Uca spp.) scurrying about over the mud. The perspective of the camera, between two and three feet above the marsh sediment, can be thought of as from that of a […]

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  • The Making of the Fittest: Birth and Death of Genes – HHMI – Sean Carrol (2011)

    The Making of the Fittest: Birth and Death of Genes – HHMI – Sean Carrol (2011)

    A fish caught in Antarctic water by the Norvegian expedition in 1927 tells us another fascinating story on evolution of life. Crocodile fish / icefish Birth and Death of Genes is one of the four educational videos Sean Carroll has produced for communicating biological evolution to public with the support of HHMI. These fishes (called Nothothenoids) are unique for they are the only vertebrates in the world that lack the oxygen-binding protein hemoglobin, which gives blood its red color. They […]

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  • Appetite for Extinction – Invasive Lionfish of the Bermuda – Robert S. Zuill (2013)

    Appetite for Extinction – Invasive Lionfish of the Bermuda – Robert S. Zuill (2013)

    Lionfish are popular aquarium fish native to the Indo-Pacific region. The lionfish invasion in the western Atlantic began in the mid 1980s off the southern coast of Florida, USA. From Florida, lionfish have spread in all possible directions. By 2000, individuals had been sighted off the coast of North Carolina and Bermuda. First lionfish were reported from the Bahamas in 2004, where they quickly dispersed throughout the archipelago by 2007. The range of lionfish has increased further southward. Lionfish now […]

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  • Brown Wood Rail singing in the Chocó forests of Ecuador – Luke Browne (2013)

    Brown Wood Rail singing in the Chocó forests of Ecuador – Luke Browne (2013)

    The Brown Wood Rail (Aramides wolfi) is a poorly known bird from western Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Because of extensive habitat loss,it’s considered vulnerable to extinction with less than 4,000 individuals remaining. Here, we recorded an individual singing in front of a motion-activated camera trap at Bilsa Biological Station, one of the largest remaining pieces of Chocó forest in western Ecuador. Bilsa is located within Machine-Chindul Ecological Reserve, Esmeraldas province, Ecuador. The Karubian lab at Tulane university has described the […]

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  • Invasive Lionfish of the Tropical Atlantic – Marine Ecology Expeditions – Lorenzo Mittiga (2012)

    Invasive Lionfish of the Tropical Atlantic – Marine Ecology Expeditions – Lorenzo Mittiga (2012)

    Lionfish are popular aquarium fish native to the Indo-Pacific region. The lionfish invasion in the western Atlantic began in the mid 1980s off the southern coast of Florida, USA. From Florida, lionfish have spread in all possible directions. By 2000, individuals had been sighted off the coast of North Carolina and Bermuda. First lionfish were reported from the Bahamas in 2004, where they quickly dispersed throughout the archipelago by 2007. The range of lionfish has increased further southward. Lionfish now […]

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  • Pitcher Plants of Palawan – Stewart McPherson (2010)

    Pitcher Plants of Palawan – Stewart McPherson (2010)

    The naturalist and explorer Stewart McPherson sets out to discover new species of pitcher plants on the Island of Palawan in the Philippines. Carnivorous plants have the most impressive adaptations that help them survive comfortably in low-nutrient environments. Most plants absorb nutrients through their root but carnivorous plants trap and digest various invertebrates to get nutrients. Even small frogs and mammals can become prey. McPherson previously discovered 5 new species of pitcher plants and photographed one that has trapped a […]

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  • Female Frog (Leptodactylus insularum) Leading Her School – Kristiina Hurme (2006)

    Female Frog (Leptodactylus insularum) Leading Her School – Kristiina Hurme (2006)

    Leptodactylus insularum is a tropical frog occuring in Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela. In this video, a female Leptodactylus insularum pumps her abdomen in the water, and tries to lead the school towards a different area in the swamp. Females attend schools for varying amounts of time, and this is a fairly young school, which may explain why they are slow to follow her. Or perhaps they’re feeding on a great patch and don’t want to leave! […]

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  • Damocracy – Todd Southgate (2013)

    Damocracy – Todd Southgate (2013)

    Damocracy is produced by Doğa Derneği, in collaboration with other founding members of the Damocracy movement: Amazon Watch, International Rivers, RiverWatch, Gota D’água (Drop of Water) Movement, Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) and Movimento Xingu Vivo para Sempre (MXVPS). Director is a Canadian environmental documentarist Todd Southgate. Although one of the main focus of the documentary is the famous historical human settlement Hasankeyf threatened to be destroyed by dam construction, it sucessfully gives the bigger picture of the ecological and societal damage […]

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  • 21st Century Temperature and Precipitation Scenarios from IPCC

    21st Century Temperature and Precipitation Scenarios from IPCC

    Climate models used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimate global temperature and precipitation patterns will change throughout the 21st century because of rising greenhouse gas concentrations. The visualization above is based on one of the four scenarios called Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) in which carbon dioxide concentrations reach 670 parts per million (ppm) by 2100, up from around 400 ppm today. The carbon dioxide concentrations in the year 2100 for each of the four RCPs are: RCP […]

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  • The Queen of Trees PBS (2006)

    The Queen of Trees PBS (2006)

    Queen of Trees is now viewable on the official YouTube Channel of Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble. Veteran wildlife filmmakers Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble once again put out a marvelous work by compiling observations on a community centered around a sycamore fig tree. The success of the documentary comes from their long-term observations in a particular filming spot in Kenya where they camped on location for more than two years. A thorough understanding of the landscape with it’s inhabitants […]

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  • Metamorphosis – Tale of a Wetland (Bryan Maltais 2012)

    Metamorphosis – Tale of a Wetland (Bryan Maltais 2012)

    Nature reveals its ability to heal when amphibians, reptiles, birds and plants repopulate a recently abandoned rock quarry to create a flourishing wetland in Fort Collins, Colorado. However, the scarred earth of this healing quarry causes salamanders to undergo a rare and peculiar shift in their morphology. Time-lapse sequences show seasonal changes of the wetland over one year accompanied by underwater footage of amphibians breeding and undergoing metamorphosis. Everybody is familiar with the metamorphosis of butterflies and moths. The following […]

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