Photo of a section of Catalina Island, the "Jewel of the Pacific." | From "Expeditions with Patrick McMillan"

Catalina Island - Jewel of the Pacific

Every island is unique. The same characteristics that lead to the special and often bizarre wildlife and plants here also make them extremely vulnerable to loss. There may be a place where man and island can exist to the benefit of all. Catalina Island is that jewel of the Pacific. Join Patrick as he continues to explore this land where man and island coexist.

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South Texas - A Hint of the Tropics

This is a place that few of us will ever visit. It's packed with biodiversity. Many of the plants and animals that are found here can be found no place else in the United States and their future is tied to a connection with Mexico, here on the border. Join Patrick as he explores a land of Green Jays and Plain Chachalacas in South Texas.

  • 2020-04-02T11:30:00-07:00

Bison - Return of a True American

When you think about prairie you probably at least indirectly think about grazing. If you think about cattle or cowboys, you're thinking about grazing. Grazing has been an integral part of what has happened in the Great Plains for eons. The ecology of this place originally developed around a native grazer. The web of life here revolves around the biology of Bison. Join Patrick as he seeks to find out if there is a place for a true American on the plains, the Bison.

  • 2020-04-02T15:30:00-07:00
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South Texas - The Border

How important is the border region to the ebb and flow of life in your backyard? How important is it to our natural heritage? Do the birds you enjoy or the waterfowl you pursue need this place to survive? Join Patrick as he explores the connections to your backyard on the volatile border region of South Texas.

  • 2020-04-03T11:30:00-07:00

The Prairie Dog Wars

Is it possible to enjoy a steak and at the same time heal the weary Great Plains? You might be shocked to find out that ranchers today must break the law to conserve the prairie on their own property. Join Patrick as he visits a ranch in western Kansas where a landowner is fighting to keep his prairie dogs, without which black-footed ferrets, burrowing owls, ferruginous hawks, mountain plovers and swift foxes might soon disappear. There is a silent war brewing on the Great Plains where tradition and politics are pitted against the survival of the prairie.

  • 2020-04-05T07:00:00-07:00
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Frogs - Spring's Symphony In Peril

How many youngsters become fascinated with nature by playing in mud puddles catching tadpoles and frogs? I did. Today, all around the globe, these harbingers of spring are disappearing at an alarming rate. Join Patrick in a race across the region, through the seasons, and against time, to uncover the most secretive, strange, and seldom seen frogs in the Southeast.

  • 2020-04-06T11:30:00-07:00

The Clemson Forest - A Backyard Bounty of Life

How important is your suburban woodland or even your backyard to the ecology of the continent and the globe? The Clemson Experimental Forest is over 17,000 acres of woodland and pastoral agricultural land surrounded by a suburban and agricultural landscape in the piedmont of South Carolina. It doesn't boast lofty summits, towering waterfalls or rushing rivers but it does contain a world-class diversity of plants and animals that is difficult to surpass in the highly modified piedmont landscape.

  • 2020-04-07T11:30:00-07:00

The Clemson Forest - from Tragedy to Triumph

Today, the Clemson Forest is over 17,000 acres of lovely, pristine-looking woodland and pastoral landscape nestled among suburban neighborhoods in the South Carolina piedmont. But this forest wasn't always so picturesque. Seventy years ago this landscape was an ecological disaster. Years of poor cotton farming practice led to dramatic erosion and hardly a tree grew in this now verdant setting.

  • 2020-04-08T11:30:00-07:00

The Longleaf Empire - Apalachicola National Forest

The once vast Longleaf Pine woodlands once dominated the South with their green, open and grassy expanses. Today this is one of the rarest habitats on the planet reduced to just two percent of its historic extent. Join Patrick as he explores a land filled with some of the strangest plants and animals anywhere in the Apalchicola National Forest, a land kissed by fire.

  • 2020-04-09T11:30:00-07:00

The Longleaf Empire - Francis Marion National Forest

It seems that no matter where we look we can find evidence of man shaping the world around him, the world we consider "natural." Fire is essential for the existence of the longleaf pine woodland, one of the rarest and most interesting habitats on the planet. Join Patrick as he continues to explore the incredible and strange life that makes its home here in the heart of the longleaf empire in the Francis Marion National Forest.

  • 2020-04-10T11:30:00-07:00

Grandfather Mountain, Island in the Sky

The lofty peaks of the Blue Ridge rise like islands in the sky. They provide unique habitats that act as ecological islands generating diversity and preserving fragments of the past. No peak has a more prominent position or poignant story than this one. Join Patrick as he takes a unique look at a very familiar place, Grandfather Mountain.

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Belize - The Mayan Forest

There are very few places that we think of as more inhospitable than a hot humid tropical forest, but they are incredibly intriguing, especially this one. This forest is not only diverse but you can see animals such as Ocellated Turkeys, Spider Monkeys, Yucatan Black Howlers and a diversity of tropical birds much easier than you can in much of the remaining forest in Central America and this forest has a history unlike any other. Join Patrick as he explores the Mayan Forest.

  • 2020-04-13T11:30:00-07:00

Belize, A Land of Resilience

Belize is the smallest country in Central America both in size and population. Nearly 75% of the forests here still stand. But this place has been impacted by man for thousands of years and despite that it still harbors incredible diversity. 1200 years ago there may have been over 3 million people in Belize, today there are only slightly over 300,000. The wildlife managed to survive and many of the species have a seldom noticed connection to man. Even species we enjoy here like neotropical migrant songbirds depend on what happens in Belize.

  • 2020-04-14T11:30:00-07:00

Cape Romain - Threatened By Change

This is a very special bit of land, it is a destination for millions.. .of visiting animals! Dolphins, sea turtles, Seabirds, shorebirds, even Piping Plovers, Curlew and Red Knots use this place. Most stay for part of the year and then move on to other lands but without this place of refuge they may not survive. This is a place where humans are only visitors too. Join Patrick as he explores Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge a safe Harbor for visiotrs and a land that despite being protected is increasingly threatened by change.

  • 2020-04-15T11:30:00-07:00

The Quest for the Ivory-Bill

The Ivorybill Woodpecker is a legend in the Southern swamps, but for years it was thought to be only that, a legend. Recently a small glimmer of hope has emerged to suggest that the largest woodpecker in North America might still haunt the floodplain forests of the South. Join Patrick as he explores the wild bottomland forests in a quest to find evidence of the "Lord God Bird," the Ivorybill.

  • 2020-04-16T11:30:00-07:00

The Ace Basin, A Coastal Treasure

During a time when development reigns supreme in the Southeast, few places still exist where wild areas are conserved intact. With over 350,000 acres of protected land, the ACE Basin of South Carolina offers one of the best and largest pieces of protected land on the Atlantic coast. A unique management plan involving government agencies, private organizations and landowners has resulted in this huge protected area. Join Patrick as he explores the seaside habitats and weltlands of the magnificent ACE Basin.

  • 2020-04-19T07:00:00-07:00
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The Ace Basin, A Conservation Miracle

What happens when large pieces of land are conserved? Amazingly enough, what we find is a congregation of some of the rarest species of wildlife - at least that's what happened in the Ace Basin. Large, intact sections of protected habitat bring common and seldom-seen organisms alike, and may depend on this area for some or all of the year. Long-distance migrants, beautiful songbirds, even the ubiquitous and often less-revered creatures all need this habitat to survive.

  • 2020-04-23T11:30:00-07:00
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The Florida Scrub - Islands In Time

Join Patrick as he explores the Florida Scrub, one of the most unique and endangered habitats in North America. A place that is filled with bizarre plants and animals found nowhere else, some of which look as though they come straight from science fiction. As we learn about each species' engaging stories and histories the history of Florida itself emerges. The pressures of man have all but erased this precious habitat but hope remains for the Florida Scrub.

  • 2020-04-24T11:30:00-07:00

Can We Save The Florida Scrub?

One of the most unique and fascinating places on the planet is also one of the most endangered. Legless lizards that swim through the sand, giant Indigo Snakes, burrowing tortoises and brilliant jays all depend on this fragments of scrub that remain. Join Patrick as he explores whether a collaboration of science and will can save the scrub.

  • 2020-04-27T11:30:00-07:00

The Hidden Side of Table Rock

Table Rock is one of the most recognizable and most visited landmarks in the southern Blue Ridge. The rugged cliffs here would seem to expose most of the nature of this place, but if you're willing to venture a little farther afield on trails that are less travelled, you'll find that there is more here than meets the eye. Join Patrick as he traverses rock outcrops in search of 10,000 year old Native American petroglyphs, explores one of the world's most unique wetlands and discovers the surprising life hidden in the recesses of the mountain's craggy rock.

  • 2020-04-28T11:30:00-07:00

Hummingbirds - Life In Fast-Forward

Few creatures capture our attention and admiration more than hummingbirds. These miniature jeweled treasures move at mind-boggling speeds but also have the power to shape and change our world. Join Patrick as he explores the lives and biology of these creatures using high-tech technologies to uncover the secret lives of these little birds that live life in fast-forward.

  • 2020-04-29T11:30:00-07:00

California, An Ecological Island

In this incredibly biodiverse state with a rich geologic history, McMillan examines the coasts, shrublands, deserts and mountains of San Diego county.

  • 2020-04-30T11:30:00-07:00

California - Hope, Survival and Resilience

McMillan explores some of the most compelling stories of survival on the California coast.

  • 2020-05-01T11:30:00-07:00