Tag Archives: Florida

THE EVERGLADES: RIVER OF GRASS

You might say the Everglades are a vast, stagnant swamp, full of slithering reptiles and stinging insects. But did you know they are considered to be an incredibly wide, slow moving river? Crazy huh!

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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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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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ANIMAL BYTES: THE ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE

Chomp chomp.

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WEB OF LOVE: THE AMAZING COURTSHIP OF THE ORB WEAVERS

Ever wonder how spiders make babies?

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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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OWLS OF FLORIDA

OWLS OF FLORIDA

They might seem cute and fluffy, but lets just say they’re the silent but deadly type.

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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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CITIZEN SCIENCE

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Science is for everybody. I mean everybody.

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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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ANIMAL BYTES: THE COMMON OCTOPUS

ANIMAL BYTES: THE COMMON OCTOPUS

Shoots ink. Has eight arms. Highly intelligent. Can you think of another animal as bizzare and fascinating as the common octopus?!

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THE FOOD CHAIN

THE FOOD CHAIN

In the Everglades, as in all ecosystems, every living thing is linked to gether to form a very complex community. A simple “food chain” is a good illustration to show just a few of these important relationships!

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ANIMAL BYTES: THE UPSIDE-DOWN JELLYFISH

ANIMAL BYTES: THE UPSIDE-DOWN JELLYFISH

What do you call an unusual jellyfish that spends much of it’s time upside-down, soaking up the sun’s rays on the ocean floor? Well, the “upside-down jellyfish,” of course.

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ANIMAL BYTES: THE COTTONMOUTH

ANIMAL BYTES: THE COTTONMOUTH

Meet the world’s only semi-aquatic viper. He swims, he’s got venomous fangs, and he can even squirt a stinky, repelling musk. No wonder he survives so well in a harsh environment like the Everglades.

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FLORIDA’S AQUIFERS AND SPRINGS

FLORIDA’S AQUIFERS AND SPRINGS

How many times have you popped open a plastic bottle of spring water and wondered where it came from? Probably not that often. But chances are that crystal clear water came gurgling out of Florida’s incredible, massive spring system. If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself!

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ANIMAL BYTES: THE NINE-BANDED ARMADILLO

ANIMAL BYTES: THE NINE-BANDED ARMADILLO

CHEW ON THIS: The nine-banded armadillo is a land mammal. Once in a while, however, he has to cross a small body of water. He has two very unique methods of doing this. Method one is floating on the surface. The armadillo can literally inflate his intestines with air, creating the buoyancy he needs to […]

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FLORIDA’S PLEISTOCENE MAMMALS

FLORIDA’S PLEISTOCENE MAMMALS

Mastadons. Giant ground sloths. Saber toothed cats. If you were a prehistoric human living in Florida around 10,000 B.C., you had bigger things to worry about than like…..what video game am I going to play next…..

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AMERICAN ALLIGATOR: REPRODUCTION

This video explores the amorous habits and life-cycle of the American Alligator. Who knew this cold blooded beast had such a soft side!

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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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MOSQUITO METAMORPHOSIS

Believe it or not, this annoying little blood-sucker is way more amazing than we give it credit! Explore the weird, incredible life cycle of the mosquito…..but don’t forget your bug-spray.

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NO FUN BEING A FISH

NO FUN BEING A FISH

Being a small fish in a freshwater pond is no fun. You’re pretty low on the food chain, and you have to constantly watch your back. Alligators, turtles, birds….. even insects might find you to be a tasty treat!

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MANATEES

MANATEES

Filmmakers Richard C. and Richard S. Kern explore the history, habitat and behavior of the lovable West Indian manatee

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AMERICAN ALLIGATOR: APEX PREDATOR

AMERICAN ALLIGATOR: APEX PREDATOR

Filmmakers Richard C. and Richard S. Kern explore the predatory habits of the American Alligator. Impressive footage featured includes up close and personal shots of a 10′ alligator underwater, as well as a night-feeding scene.

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The off-beat path

    I used to complain a lot, when I was a kid, about not having or doing what all the other kids could. Boo-hoo. The main thing was the T.V. We had a little black-and-white set that my folks actually kept stashed in the attic space of our house. This is a true story. […]

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