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CONSTRICTED: Florida’s Exotic Invaders

South Florida’s subtropical climate makes it a comfortable place to settle down, and not just for us humans.

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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

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

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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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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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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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DRAGONFLY METAMORPHOSIS

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

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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 SPAGHETTI WORM

Hungry, anyone?!

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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

Picky eaters? Not these guys!

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HERBIVORES

Eat your veggies!

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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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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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