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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.

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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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