Description: "One way to get a good sense of who you are is to step out and look around. In 2005 a friend and I traveled the US with the desire to hike as many national parks as possible in one month. Embarking on this trip with very little plans and no agenda, we had a list of parks we wished to see. Having learned anticipation puts a limit on how wonderful an experience can be, we had a participatory attitude. Relinquishing control allows things to unfold in unimaginable ways. The more control we gave up the more we were reinforced by continually receiving results that exceeded expectation. The natural beauty of this vast and transforming continent lays a backdrop of contemplation by which to consider these mysteries of the universe. It's impossible to return to your routine the same person who left it. Once you've experienced feeling part of the grand design you can't unfeel it. The task is to bring back and apply the wonderment and purpose to all aspects of your life. Experiences must not be abandoned like boot prints left on some remote trail."
Description: Y’all, the Environmentally Conscious Robot is back in a big way! May is American Wetlands Month, and the Environmentally Conscious Robot is ready to party with a slightly unhinged remix of our hit Wetlands Have Real Important Jobs To Do:
Video produced by Andrew Bentler
Music composed by Todd Stevens
Music used courtesy of Smiling Stone Soup
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Description: This is the second of five episodes. You can watch and download the others here: https://soundimage.org/dunes-island/
When Mouth accompanies Dune on her pelican assessment, she discovers that these amazing (and important) birds are as beautiful in flight as they are comical on land...to say nothing of their incredible "dive-bomber" fishing techniques!
But life for pelicans is harder than it seems, and Mouth learns how we can all do our part to help them thrive and survive in their coastal habitat.
LEARNING CONCEPTS IN THIS EPISODE:
-Science Centers, like the Marine Science Center, need to be maintained…like cleaning tanks, cages, etc. This is like doing chores at home.
-Scientists monitor bird populations.
-Pelicans (and other birds) often nest on mangrove islands in rivers and lagoons.
-Scientists take care to keep a distance from nesting areas.
-Getting too close to nesting areas can scare away the parents causing them to abandon their chicks.
-Pelicans sometimes hang around fishing piers.
-Brown Pelicans are the smallest of all pelican species.
-Pelicans have stubby legs because they don’t wade for food.
-Great Egrets use their long legs to wade through water to find food.
-Adult and juvenile pelicans can be identified by their coloration.
-How pelicans keep cool.
-Pelican chick identification.
-Cormorant and Great Blue Egret identification.
-A nesting island is like an apartment house for birds.
-Mangrove branches offer pelicans protection.
-Discarded fishing line can trap pelicans in mangrove branches, causing them to starve.
-How pelicans use air currents to conserve energy.
-How pelicans get caught in fishing line from fishermen.
-How to determine wind direction from watching pelicans fly.
-Pelican “dive-bomber” fishing techniques.
-Snowy Egret identification.
-Why pelicans are an important indicator species.
-Wildlife Rangers protect nesting islands.