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TROPHIC LEVELS AND FOOD PYRAMIDS

There’s a reason why a food pyramid is shaped, well, like a pyramid, and a reason why food pyramids and food chains are divided into trophic levels. Watch the video, we’ll clue you in.

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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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THE FOOD WEB

THE FOOD WEB

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

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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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METAMORPHOSIS: THE LIFE-CYCLE OF THE ZEBRA BUTTERFLY

Metamorphosis is an incredible, mysterious process, and it happens in nature everyday…even in your own back yard!

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SYMBIOSIS: PARASITISM

Parasites: some suck your blood, others live off your insides. Don’t watch this one before dinner.

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SYMBIOSIS: MUTUALISM

Life’s great when two different species partner up!

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SYMBIOSIS: COMMENSALISM

Commensalism: a symbiotic relationship in which only one of the organisms benefit. Sounds a lot like free-loading to us.

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SUSTAINABLE FARMING: THE MAYA MILPA CYCLE

The world’s tropical forests are in trouble. The Maya, however, received everything they needed from the jungle’s bounty and developed a highly sustainable system of agriculture.

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CENOTE: PASSAGE TO THE MAYA UNDERWORLD

Cave diving in the world’s largest underground river system is an adventure we’ll never forget. Welcome to the Maya Underworld!

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CYPRESS DOME 360

The cypress dome habitat is one of the most mysterious, fascinating and important habitats in the Everglades. If you’re up for some adventure and don’t mind getting a little muddy, a trip into a cypress dome is an experience you’ll never forget!

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MANGROVE FRINGE 360

If you look at South Florida from above, the coast is fringed with…houses and hotels. But go back in time and you would have seen dense forests of mangroves. The coastal Everglades is still loaded with mangroves, which is a really good thing.

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SAWGRASS PRAIRIE 360

Ever wonder how the Everglades came to be known as the “river of grass?” Explore the amazing world of the sawgrass prairie with us and you’ll get it.

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SEAGRASS MEADOW 360

Seagrasses don’t get enough love, but they’re really, really, super important. Follow us on a 360 tour of a typical seagrass meadow to find out why.

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Lesson 7: Creating the Finished Film

By Richard Kern Lesson7-filming-course

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Swift Boats at War in Vietnam

Edited by Guy Gugliotta, John Yeoman, and Neva Sullaway Swift Boats at War in Vietnam

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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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STALKING THE GREY GHOST

Bonefish, AKA the “Grey Ghost,” are powerful, fast and highly prized by flats-fishermen in South Florida’s coastal waters. But they are disappearing. Fortunately, scientists and fishing guides are banding together to save these amazing predatory fish.

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SOUTH FLORIDA’S NATIONAL PARKS

If you live in South Florida, lucky you! Because this chunk of subtropical paradise is home to 4, you heard it….4 incredible National Parks. Get out and explore!

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CARRIED BY CURRENTS

Ocean currents connect the world. For the most part, that’s a very good thing. However they also transport millions of tons of man made debris around the planet. That’s a very bad thing.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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HERBIVORES

HERBIVORES

Eat your veggies!

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CARNIVORES

CARNIVORES

Meet the eaters of meat. Grrrrrr.

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SHARKS: PREDATORS IN PERIL

SHARKS: PREDATORS IN PERIL

Ancient. Powerful. Toothy. Threatened. Sharks have been the inspiration for books, movies and nightmares since humans took to the seas…but they’re way more important than we ever gave them credit. Now that we know, can we save them before it’s too late?!

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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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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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ARTIFICIAL REEFS

ARTIFICIAL REEFS

Home. It’s an important concept for us….as well as countless marine organisms that live in our oceans. We’re also finding out that artificially constructed habitats might be a great thing for everyone!

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Shark Adventures: Tagging Along

3/4/12  At 6:30 on a Saturday morning most people are enjoying their weekend slumber. I’m chugging coffee, blasting NPR, and clicking my way down US1 towards Islamorada. This time, skimping on sleep is an enthusiastic compromise. Today I’m embarking on a real adventure.  7:45 am.   Mile marker 85 appears. I turn towards the bay side […]

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Patterns

As a wildlife filmmaker, two of my great passions are constantly colliding. Nature and art are, respectively, my subject matter and my craft. As far as I know the following statement hasn’t been scientifically proven, but my gut tells me this is true: a deep appreciation for nature requires a deep appreciation for art. I […]

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THE PROPERTIES OF WATER

THE PROPERTIES OF WATER

Water, or H2O, is an unusual compound with amazing properties. Find out why water is essential to the existence of every living thing on Earth!

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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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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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PRIMATES: THE APES

PRIMATES: THE APES

Meet the gibbons, orangutans, chimpanzees and gorillas. These are the apes: The largest and smartest of the primates. Oh, did I mention humans are included in that crazy ape bunch?

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PRIMATES: THE MONKEYS AND PROSIMIANS

PRIMATES: THE MONKEYS AND PROSIMIANS

A brief look into the fantastic and diverse world of some of our smaller primate species. They might not be as large or intelligent as the apes….but you can’t deny, monkeys are pretty great!

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WHAT IS A PRIMATE?

Monkeys, apes, humans…..we’re all part of the same order of mammals called the Primates. This video explains what makes a primate, well….a primate!

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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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Soundscapes

  Shakespeare famously said (in my own words…. I hope I’m not butchering it), life’s a stage, and we’re just playing out our role.” He was a smart guy. I like that analogy. Life’s like one big drama…one big movie. And if you think about it, it’s almost like we go through life accompanied by […]

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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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ANHINGA: DESIGNED FOR SURVIVAL

ANHINGA: DESIGNED FOR SURVIVAL

The Anhinga is an Everglades resident uniquely suited to its wet habitat. With interesting adaptations that make the bird equally at home in the water as well as it is in the air, it truly is designed for survival.

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WHALE SHARKS:  BIG FISH, BIG POND

WHALE SHARKS: BIG FISH, BIG POND

Filmmaker Rich Kern swims with whale sharks off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

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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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