A view from the forest ground around the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. | From "Expeditions with Patrick McMillan"

Colorado's Rocky Mountains - Challenges and Changes

When you think of the Rocky Mountains you probably picture a wilderness that is far removed from our influence. It turns out that may not be the case. Life is changing here from the alpine lakes to fragile tundra life to the mighty forests of the mountain slopes. Join Patrick as he explores the challenges and changes that are happening in the Colorado Rockies.

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Mountain Bogs - Threatened Heritage

One of the most threatened ecosystems in the United States is the Southern Appalachian Mountain Bogs. These small wetlands support many unique and threatened species. The survival of these rare creatures relies on our management and understanding of these systems which are still very poorly understood. Join Patrick as he explores our mountain bogs in a race to understand this ecosystem on the edge.

  • 2020-08-07T11:30:00-07:00
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Rediscovering Catesby's Carolina, Part 1

We cannot understand the present without a clear understanding of the past. Mark Catesby journeyed to the Carolinas in 1722. The descriptions included in his book, the Natural History of Carolina, Georgia and the Bahama Islands seems outlandish considering the natural communities surrounding us today. Imagine a Carolina where bison, elk and wolves roam vast grasslands, where fire, set by humans shape the land and where Native Americans are still the dominant force managing the landscape.

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Rediscovering Catesby's Carolina, Part 2

We cannot understand the present without a clear understanding of the past. Mark Catesby journeyed to the Carolinas in 1722. The descriptions included in his book, the Natural History of Carolina, Georgia and the Bahama Islands seems outlandish considering the natural communities surrounding us today. Imagine a Carolina where bison, elk and wolves roam vast grasslands, where fire, set by humans shape the land and where Native Americans are still the dominant force managing the landscape.

  • 2020-08-11T11:30:00-07:00
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California, An Ecological Island

California is by far our most diverse state. It's a hotbed for diversity and relicts from the past. How do you generate such diversity, how has it been maintained and what can we learn from California's geologic history? Join Patrick for a look at the coasts, scrublands, deserts and mountains of San Diego County.

  • 2020-08-12T11:30:00-07:00
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California - Hope, Survival and Resilience

Condors, Elephant Seals, Sea Otters and Elk - mankind always seems to step in at the very last minute to save a species, to make a change. Join Patrick as he explores some of the most compelling stories of survival on the California coast.

  • 2020-08-13T11:30:00-07:00
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Beringia, The Eternal Frontier

Moose, Grizzly Bears, and Bison are typical American animals, but their roots are in Asia. The wildlife of our continent was largely shaped by the land bridge of Beringia. Join Patrick for an unforgettable look at the remnants of Beringian Alaska - an eternal frontier.

  • 2020-08-14T11:30:00-07:00
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Reshaping The Arctic

Like it or not, change has come to the Arctic. Join Patrick as he explores the connections the Arctic has to your backyard and the impact that the dramatic changes happening today might have on our lives.

  • 2020-08-17T11:30:00-07:00
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The Rice Kingdom

It was rice that built wealth in South Carolina - vast project of converting swamps to fields that was abandoned in the early 20th century. These fields have reverted to one of the most spectacular natural treasures in the South - havens for wildlife and wildflowers. Sometimes man's alterations can have positive consequences.

  • 2020-08-18T11:30:00-07:00
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Arizona's Sky Islands

When you think of southern Arizona you probably don't think about prairies, moist Sycamore and maple forests, or lush oak and pine forests, but they are a huge part of southern Arizona. Join Patrick as he explores the unexpected and unusual diversity found in Arizona's sky islands.

  • 2020-08-19T11:30:00-07:00
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Arizona, A Border Or Barrier?

Much of the diversity of southern Arizona is more Mexican than American. Political borders are changing biological movements and frontiers. Join Patrick as he explores the Mexican connection of American wildlife and challenges they face due to the border fence.

  • 2020-08-20T11:30:00-07:00
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Blue Ridge, The Heart of the Eastern Forest

The Southern Blue Ridge escarpment is often overlooked for the loftier peaks of the Appalachian spine but they are the diverse and resilient center of the eastern Deciduous forest. Join Patrick for an unforgettable journey through the "Blue Wall" of South Carolina.

  • 2020-08-21T11:30:00-07:00
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Blue Ridge, A Crucible of Life

The Southern Blue Ridge escarpment has served as a refuge for life during changing climates in the past and can serve as a resilient landscape in the face of changes happening today. Join Patrick for a journey through the gorges that serve as a crucible of life during change.

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The Great Plains, An Ever-Changing Tapestry

Nebraska may not be your first choice for a summer vacation, but if you love wildlife you might want to reconsider. This is the heart of the Great Plains, the heartland of the continent that is tied to every corner and every life. Join Patrick on an unforgettable voyage of discovery through this immense sea of grass as he explores the ever-changing tapestry of the Great Plains.

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Ghosts of the Plains

McMillan journeys into the prairie with researchers trying to change the fate of prairie dogs, black-footed ferrets, kit foxes and others on the verge of extinction. Are we doomed to repeat the mistakes of the 19th century?

  • 2020-08-26T11:30:00-07:00
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Grassy Balds, The Heart of Roan

In this episode, McMillan explores one of nature's greatest riddles: Roan Mountain's grassy balds, vast treeless grasslands home to several rare and endangered species.

  • 2020-08-27T11:30:00-07:00
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The Rite of Spring

Every spring, thousands of species participate in rituals with a single goal in mind: breeding. Birds migrate huge distances from wintering grounds. Frogs, each with their own unique voice, call from wetlands. Deer and elk battle with antlers as weapons. McMillan and guests explore the amazing, and often bizarre rituals, of many creatures across the continent and right outside your back door.

  • 2020-08-28T11:30:00-07:00
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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 visitors and a land that, despite being protected, is increasingly threatened by change.

  • 2020-09-02T11:30:00-07:00
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