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  • A Day in the Life of an Elite Male Greater Sage-Grouse on the Lek – Marc Dantzker – Cornell Lab of Ornithology (2015)

    A Day in the Life of an Elite Male Greater Sage-Grouse on the Lek – Marc Dantzker – Cornell Lab of Ornithology (2015)

    Here’s another fascinating piece of natural history from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. In this short observation staff producer and biologist Marc Dantzker breaks down the mating behavior and social interaction of the Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) in five sections. Lekking or lek mating is a breeding behavior where males come together in a place and perform competitive displays to impress visiting females. While males do their “hello check me out” dances, females asses their qualities and choose their partners […]

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  • Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn – Nathan Dappen & Neil Losin – HHMI (2015)

    Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn – Nathan Dappen & Neil Losin – HHMI (2015)

    Domestication of plants and animals is a key transformation in recent Human evolutionary history leading to sedentary farming societies. Domestication of Maize particularly followed a different trajectory from the agricultural crops of the old world. This HHMI documentary tells how the ancestral wild grass called Teosinte was domesticated to evolve into Maize. In the old world, most domesticated grasses had a surprisingly similar “first step” that paved the way towards agriculture. In old world grasses including rice, wheat, barley and […]

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  • Bald Eagle Cam – Live from Minnesota – Breeding Season 2015

    Bald Eagle Cam – Live from Minnesota – Breeding Season 2015

    Stream videos at Ustream The 2015 breeding season for a pair of iconic Bald Eagles in Minnesota has begun. After pair bonding and nest repair (nestoration) eagles started incubating eggs again! If you are having a severe eagle nest watching withdrawal help is on the way: Another pair in Florida already started pair bonding and may lay eggs around Xmas! A pair of iconic Bald Eagles have been raising their chicks in Central Minnesota on a nest constructed at 75 […]

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  • Decorah Eagle Cam – Nesting Season 2015

    Decorah Eagle Cam – Nesting Season 2015

    Live feed has begun from the new nest named N2 for Decorah bald eagles. The pair known as “Mom” and “Dad” are visiting and maintaining the nest occasionally. Established by the Raptor Resource Project in 2007 this breeding pair of Bald Eagles in Decorah, Iowa has been under intense observation. The pair became famous after the PBS Nature Documentary “American Eagle” in 2008. At one point in 2012 the viewer numbers reached 250 million making the project the most heavily […]

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  • Crossection of a Dandelion Compound Flower – Rüdiger Hartmann (2015)

    Crossection of a Dandelion Compound Flower – Rüdiger Hartmann (2015)

    Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is one of the most ubiquitous plants belonging to the family Asteraceae. The plant is native to Eurasia but has become naturalized to all temperate regions of the World introduced unintentionally by Humans. It’s compound flowers are self-pollinated and seeds are wind dispersed. In this short observation developmental biologist Dr. Rüdiger Hartmann of the University of Freiburg has done a wonderful job of showing the dynamics of the mature compound flowers (inflorescence) using timelapse videography in his […]

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  • The Origin of Birds – Dan Lewitt – HHMI (2015)

    The Origin of Birds – Dan Lewitt – HHMI (2015)

    The Great Transitions is a three part documentary covering evolutionary origins of land vertebrates tetrapods, birds and Humans. In this second installment of the series, paleontologist Julia Clarke tells how birds evolved from dinosaurs. When the first Archaeopteryx fossil was discovered in a quarry in Germany in the early 1860s it created a lot of excitement. The discovery came only a few years after the publication of the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. Since then dozens of Archeopteryx fossils […]

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  • Preserving Lonesome George – AMNH (2015)

    Preserving Lonesome George – AMNH (2015)

    Lonesome George was the last male individual of the Pinta Island tortoise. He sadly passed away in his corral at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Galápagos Islands on the morning of June 24 2012. He died from natural causes. Lonesome George became a worldwide icon of conservation. Efforts to breed him at the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station concluded with no success. Thus he became “a living dead” member of his species doomed for extinction. Lonesome […]

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  • Bella – Hummingbird Nest Cam – Live from La Verne, CA

    Bella – Hummingbird Nest Cam – Live from La Verne, CA

    IF YOU SEE a BLACK SCREEN please WAIT until SUNRISE in CALIFORNIA! Bella is sleeping Welcome to the busy and productive nest of the hummingbird called Bella from La Verne, southern California located on a branch of a fig tree. Bella has started her breeding season 2015! On Feb 12th 2015, Bella had a new companion. Though Bella was sitting on her 6 day old babies, she has been consistently “visited” by this other adult female for 2 full days. […]

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  • Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 1: One Small Step For Man (2009)

    Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 1: One Small Step For Man (2009)

    Beagle: In Darwin’s Wake is a commemoration of 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s book “On The Origin of Species”. Almost 180 years after Charles Darwin’s journey circumnavigating the world, a crew of authors, artists, and scientists follow in his footsteps. Journalist and presenter Lex Runderkamp, biologists Dirk Draulans and Sarah Darwin (who is the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin), the artist Anthony Smith and the writer Redmond O’Hanlon are accompanied by a number of invited guests whose backgrounds are […]

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  • Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 2: Low Life on the Ladder of God (2009)

    Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 2: Low Life on the Ladder of God (2009)

    When Darwin set foot in Rio de Janerio he witnessed the brutality of slavery. Brazil is a melting pot of genetic diversity. All fossil and genetic evidence points that Africa is the home continent where modern Humans originated about 200 thousand years ago. As Humans spread and colonized new continents genetic diversity eroded gradually proportional to the distance away from Africa. Loss of genetic diversity was because of joint effects of two well understood genetic phenomena known as population bottleneck […]

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  • Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 3: The Last Frontier (2009)

    Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 3: The Last Frontier (2009)

    Fish are cold blooded animals and this property make them very efficient in terms of biomass accumulation. For this reason ecological trophic levels in aquatic systems can be much higher than terrestrial systems. The documentary film The End of the Line by Charles Clover mentioned in this episode draws attention to the problem of overfishing. About 400 million years ago, the Falkland Islands were part of the supercontinent of Gondwana, located between southern Africa and what is now Queen Maud […]

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  • Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 4: The Final Countdown (2009)

    Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 4: The Final Countdown (2009)

    “In the wake of Beagle” series brings back the adventure/science mix documentary programs reminiscent of those of Cousteau. Expeditions carried out on a ship and underwater filming was a signature in Cousteau’s filmmaking. This episode prepares the audience for the ultimate adventure in the Galapagos Islands in the next episode. Darwin developed his insight towards evolving species in that volcanic archipelago largely affected by long-term seasonal fluctuations that now know as El Nino/La Nina cycle. A few prerequisite events Darwin […]

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  • Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 5: The Paradise of Competition (2009)

    Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 5: The Paradise of Competition (2009)

    The Galapagos islands has been a pivotal single location where everything came together in Darwin’s mind. The geology of the archipelago and almost every species (Tortoises, iguanas, finches) he observed on each island showed significant variation. The Galapagos Islands, which are part of Ecuador are about 1000 km (620 miles) west of South America. As the three craters on the largest island (Isabela Island) suggest, the archipelago was created by volcanic eruptions. Each year roughly 60,000 tourists visit these islands. […]

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  • Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 6: Toolbox of Survival (2009)

    Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 6: Toolbox of Survival (2009)

    In Australia the arrival of Europeans profoundly effected the biology of the continent through introduction of non-native species that are reproducing and invading at an unprecedented rate. Australian biologists call it “extinction calamity” since the continent has lost one in ten of its native mammals species in the past 200 years. The effects of climate change is also evident with severe droughts and wild fires. A large fraction of Australian vegetation is serotinous that is adapted to disperse their seeds […]

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  • Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 7: Adapt or Die! (2009)

    Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 7: Adapt or Die! (2009)

    In this leg of the journey in Australia the theme “On the Future of Species” dominates the episode. Darwin absolutely had no clue on how genetic information from parents were transmitted to the offspring and he was perfectly aware of his situation. On the other hand, while he was writing his book battling with hereditary questions, an Augustinian friar with a scientific mind was carrying out his experimental crosses in a monastery which was going to lay the foundations of […]

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