Tag Archives: ecosystem

EXPLORING CUBA: ZAPATA SWAMP

Take a journey into the depths of Cuba’s Zapata Swamp, or as some call it, Cuba’s Everglades. The largest wetland in the Caribbean, this place explodes with unique plants and animals!

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BIRDS OF CUBA

Cuba, like many islands, is rich with endemic life. Twenty seven species of birds can be found nowhere else in the world!

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EXPLORING CUBA: THE GARDENS OF THE QUEEN

Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina might just be the most pristine and wild places left in the Caribbean!

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PROWLING FOR PANTHERS

Who knew the largest cat in Florida would be so vulnerable?

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CYPRESS STRANDS AND CYPRESS DOMES

Welcome to the swamp, folks!

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DRAGONFLY METAMORPHOSIS

Who knew the dragonfly was such a mysterious shape-shifter?!

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THE ORCHID KEEPERS

Exciting things can happen when dedicated people work together…like bringing a rare orchid back from the brink of extinction!

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CROCODILE HEAVEN

CROCODILE HEAVEN

In South Florida there are crocodiles living in a nuclear power plant…but it’s not exactly what you’re thinking right now!

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ANIMAL BYTES: THE ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE

Chomp chomp.

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ANIMAL BYTES: THE SPAGHETTI WORM

ANIMAL BYTES: THE SPAGHETTI WORM

Hungry, anyone?!

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THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE RED MANGROVE

THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE RED MANGROVE

It’s mangrove baby-making time!!

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THE CORAL REEF HABITAT

THE CORAL REEF HABITAT

Ditch the machete and grab a mask and snorkel. We’re gonna explore the “tropical rainforests” of the sea!

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THE SEAGRASS HABITAT

Take a peek inside the amazing and amazingly important world of the seagrass habitat!

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ELECTROFISHING AND CITIZEN SCIENCE

ELECTROFISHING AND CITIZEN SCIENCE

Find out how biologists and sport-fishermen are joining forces to understand fish populations in the coastal Everglades!

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INVASION OF THE SNAKEHEADS

INVASION OF THE SNAKEHEADS

With a name like “snakehead,” what’s there to like?!

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ANIMAL BYTES: THE FLORIDA SOFTSHELL TURTLE

ANIMAL BYTES: THE FLORIDA SOFTSHELL TURTLE

What the heck is that?! About the weirdest-looking turtle you’ve ever seen!

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ANIMAL BYTES: THE LETTUCE SEA SLUG

It’s like a submarine salad…a squishy, slimy slithering salad.

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ANIMAL BYTES: THE BOBCAT

A wild cat named Bob. Now that’s funny.

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ANIMAL BYTES: THE YELLOW-HEAD JAWFISH

The yellow-head jawfish is a terrifying monster of the sea. I’m totally kidding.

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SEA TURTLES AND THE GREAT ARRIBADA

SEA TURTLES AND THE GREAT ARRIBADA

On just a few beaches in the world, thousands of ridley sea turtles come ashore to nest at the same time. Check out one of nature’s great spectacles!

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THE FOOD WEB

THE FOOD WEB

Choices, choices, choices…so much food to choose from!

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RAINFORESTS

RAINFORESTS

What makes rainforests so unique? Well, lots of rain to start with.

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FLAGSHIP SPECIES

FLAGSHIP SPECIES

D. Paul Reillo and the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation are trying to save the planet, with the help of a few rock-star animals!

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OMNIVORES

OMNIVORES

Picky eaters? Not these guys!

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THE HARDWOOD HAMMOCK HABITAT

THE HARDWOOD HAMMOCK HABITAT

This is a video all about hammocks. No, not the kind you string between two palm trees and take a nap in…. the hardwood variety.

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MANGROVES: PROTECTORS OF THE COAST

MANGROVES: PROTECTORS OF THE COAST

A tangled mangrove forest might not be that attractive to your typical beach goer, but they’re pretty darn important. These highly specialized trees perform many functions that we take for granted….or probably don’t even realize!

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Into the Mangal

When we think of South Florida, even those of us who grew up here, I bet this is what we usually picture: the postcard snap-shot of an arching coconut palm framed by a rosy sunset on a wide, sandy beach. Sorry dude, you got the wrong picture. First of all, that arching coconut palm that […]

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