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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.

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  • 2020-10-02T11:30:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2020-09-18T11:30:00-07:00
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West Texas - The Trans Pecos

When I first visited this corner of the US, I was astounded by the beauty and biodiversity that grace this part of Texas, from prairie dogs and antelopes to tarantulas and horned lizards. The Trans Pecos is big, roughly the same size as Maine and stuck right on the border with Mexico. Join Patrick as he explores the strange and exotic life of the Chihuahuan Desert.

  • 2020-09-21T11:30:00-07:00
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The Trans-Pecos - A Changing Landscape

Change is an integral part of the world and the world appears to be getting a little riskier. Climate is volatile and change in the past has led to the world we live in today. Join Patrick as he continues to explore the Mexican border region of the Trans Pecos a land marked with change.

  • 2020-09-22T11:30:00-07:00
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Colorado's Rocky Mountains - The Rooftop of America

Life in the alpine is existing on the fringe. It's hard to believe that life could persist here, let alone flourish. From beautiful alpine flowers to mountain goats and the shy pika, life is abundant. Join Patrick as he explores just how life thrives in the Colorado Rockies, the rooftop of America.

  • 2020-09-23T11:30:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2020-09-24T11:30:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2020-09-25T11:30:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2020-09-28T11:30:00-07:00
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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
    KCET-HD