A closeup image of Catesby's Trillium, a pink flower. | From "Expeditions with Patrick McMillan"

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. Understanding this world and the changes that humans have made during the past 300 years is critical to our preservation of the unique plants and animals that call Carolina home.

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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.

  • 2020-09-28T11:30:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2020-09-29T11:30:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2020-09-30T11:30:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2020-10-01T11:30:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2020-10-02T11:30:00-07:00
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