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1. Adaptation
sea turtleJunior Naturalist Patrice looks at how plants and animals are adapted to their environment. Patrice and Senior Naturalist Dave Erler observe the unique adaptations of the opossum. We take up-close look at the beaver. Cody and Octave visit the New England Aquarium's critical care ward and learn how they are treating Kemp's Ridley sea turtles that have washed ashore on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Watch Online >>

2. Coloration
Junior Naturalist Patrice explains how coloration is a structural adaptation that helps animals and plants survive in their environment. Patrice and Senior Naturalist Dave Erler examine the coloration of the great horned owl. We take an up-close look at the skunk.   Von and Marrissa visit with wildlife photographer John Green and learn how color plays a role in photography. Watch Online >>

3. Natural Communication
Junior Naturalist Patrice looks at how animals communicate with visual, auditory, chemical, and tactile signals. Patrice and Senior Naturalist Dave Erler, look at the red fox and how it communicates using scent. We take an up-close look at how songbirds communicate. Morissa and Benjamin visit a pond with Herpetologist Tom Tining and learn how frogs communicate. Watch Online >>

4. Migration
Junior Naturalist Patrice looks at how some animals migrate to find food or a place to hibernate, and how others migrate to mate, give birth, and raise their young. Next, she joins Senior Naturalist Dave Erler to band some birds so they can be tracked as they migrate. We take a closer look at how the three raptors, the broad-winged hawk, the red-tailed hawk and the snowy owl migrate. Finally, Sara and Davis help Iain McCleod of the Audubon Society with his annual hawk count. Watch Online >>

5. Habitat
This episode opens with Junior Naturalist Patrice looking at how all living things need a habitat where their needs can be met. Next Patrice joins Senior Naturalist Dave Erler as they look at how the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has created an artificial habitat in its aviary. Then we take an up-close look at the common loon and its habitat. Finally, Stevie and Taylor help biologist Kathy Wohlfort float a loon raft. Watch Online >>

6. Marine Communities
Patrice looks at how life in the ocean is organized in layers. Next, Patrice and Dave look at life in a tide pool. Then we take an up-close look at estuaries. Finally, Jessica and Daniel spend the day in an estuary at the Wells Reserve monitoring soft shell clams and green crab experiments with Caitlin Mullen and Lindsay Whitlow. Watch Online >>
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7. Fresh Water Communities 
In the first segment, Patrice looks at life in lakes, streams, and wetlands. Next Patrice and Dave look at a snapping turtle. Then we take an up-close look at wetlands. Finally, Marissa and Benjamin join biologist Beth Malcolm and help inspect the growth of animal and plant life in a wetland environment. Watch Online >>

8. Terrestrial Communities
Patrice looks at, tundra, rainforest, grassland, taiga, temperate deciduous forest, and desert biomes. She then joins Dave to learn how the red-tailed hawk is adapted to a variety of habitats. In the third segment, we take an up-close look at the desert. Finally, Laura and Marshall take a hike with David Publicover of the Appalachian Mountain Club and look at the diversity of plant life along the trail. Watch Online >>

9. The Wildlife Web I   (producers and herbivores)
In the first segment, Patrice looks at how plants make food and at how and plants and plant eating animals depend on each other. Next, she and Dave examine an area and discuss the how the plants found there could provide food for moose and other herbivores. In segment three, we take an up-close look at the moose and its habitat. Finally, Olivia and Michael visit with Professor Brent Loy, who is producing melons that grow more quickly, bigger and sweeter. Watch Online >>

10. The Wildlife  Web II  (herbivores and carnivores)
In the opening segment, Patrice explains how herbivores and carnivores depend on each other for survival. Next, Patrice joins Dave and learns about an insect eating predator, the brown bat. In the third segment, we take an up-close look at the gray wolf. Finally, Sarah and Cody visit a bat cave with Peter Benson from the Nature Conservancy. Watch Online >>

11. Decomposers and Scavengers
Patrice looks at the important role decomposers and scavengers play in the natural world. She then visits with Dave and they check on the progress of the decomposition of a dead gray squirrel. In the third segment, we take an up-close look at the turkey vulture. Finally, Hawk Mathany and Chris Thayer of the Appalachian Mountain Club show Laura and Marshall just how and what they recycle in the wilderness. Watch Online >>

12. Population Dynamics
In the opening segment, Patrice looks at population and the limiting factors that can impact it. Next, she visits with Dave and they explore how a variety of factors can impact porcupine populations. The third segment takes an up-close look at the white-tailed deer. And finally, Von and Daniel visit with Professor Peter Pekins from the University of New Hampshire to learn about how he is helping to control deer numbers. Watch Online >>

13. Species Diversity
In the first segment, Patrice looks at the wide variety of life found on earth. and the important role species diversity plays in maintaining a health environment. Next she and Dave sweep for insects in a field near the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and see how many different kinds of insects they can find. In segment three we take an up-close look at life on the forest floor. Finally Morrisa and Octave join Susan Morse of Keeping Track and discover the diversity of animals where she lives by looking for their tracks. Watch Online >>

14. Niche
In segment one, Patrice looks at how all organisms have their own role, or niche in their environment. Next, Patrice and Dave look at the niche of the pileated woodpecker. Then we take an up-close look at coral reefs and the niches they fill in the ocean. Finally, Von and Marshall spend the day with conservation officer Joe Giarrusso and learn how he's trying to control the impact of beavers in urban areas. Watch Online >>

15. Invasive Species
In the opening segment, Patrice looks at how invasive species can change an environment. She then joins Dave and they look at the impact milfoil has on aquatic communities. We then take an up-close look at the mute swan. Finally, Emily and Sam visit with Professor Jim Morin and his researchers from the Shoals Marine Lab and learn about an invasive seaweed in the waters off their island. Watch Online >>

16. Life at Risk
In segment one, Patrice looks at some of the factors that could endanger plant and animals species. Then she joins Dave to learn about the wood turtle. Next, we take an up-close look at the peregrine falcon. Finally, Sarah and Octave join Susi von Oettigen of the US Fish and Wildlife Service as she monitors the health of dwarf wedge mussels. Watch Online >>


 


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