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DOES COEXISTENCE EQUAL COMPETITION?

  Posted by rcraig , 19 September 2016 · 288 views







Not necessarily and, in fact, maybe not usually, especially in the temperate zone.  In this first video in the series The Living World (which follows the AP Environmental Science curriculum), the construction of an ecological community is explored.  It begins by exploring the curious case of the Louisiana (abo...


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WHY DO PLANTS HAVE COLORS?

  Posted by rcraig , 06 September 2016 · 352 views



Why do plants have colors?  Why do some plants grow in certain places and not others?  It has to do in large part with the properties of the soil that the plants grow in.  In the video Earth Systems and Resources: Soil Properties, which follows the national AP Environmental Science curriculum, these issues are investigated....


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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE VIDEO SERIES: SOIL AND WATER RESOURCES

  Posted by rcraig , 09 August 2016 · 448 views

The Portland, Connecticut floodplain of the Connecticut River experiencing a spring flood.The sixth video under the heading of Earth Systems and Resources begins by examining the effects of dikes on major rivers in directing flooding to more downriver areas.  This redirection potentially increases the degree of flooding at downriver points....


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CONNECTICUT’S LAST VIRGIN FOREST

  Posted by rcraig , 28 July 2016 · 930 views









The tree stumps so prominent in my 1976 plot were now gone without a trace.  They were leftovers from the 1938 hurricane, which passed nearly over this low hill overlooking the border between Connecticut and Rhode Island.  Until that time, the site had been cloaked in a stand of old growth that had never bee...


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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE VIDEO SERIES: SEASONALITY AND ATMOSPHERICS

  Posted by rcraig , 24 July 2016 · 423 views

The southern Appalachians in April show the advance of seasons from flowering spring trees in valleys to the wintery spruce-fir forests of high elevations.





The forth full episode in the video series that covers all topics in the national AP Environmental Science curriculum is entitled Seasonality and Atmospherics.  It op...


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THE REMAINS OF A CONNECTICUT GRASSLAND: A FORTY YEAR HISTORY

  Posted by rcraig , 01 July 2016 · 744 views





The switchgrass-sedge grassland of Great Meadow is now largely invaded by cattails and reeds.

The birds were actually better this time around.  In June of 1976, pickings at Great Meadows in Essex, Connecticut were a bit slim, with gulls being among the most abundant species present.  Aside from the ubiquitous Common...


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VIDEO FOCUSES ON VOLCANISM

  Posted by rcraig , 05 April 2015 · 1,603 views

Anatahan Island before its catastrophic eruption.

The 30 minute video Volcanism explores one of the first topics covered in the national AP Environmental Science curriculum.  It begins by investigating the explosive volcanoes that border the "Ring of Fire" of the western Pacific.  It discusses not only the geological phenomena th...


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ODE TO THE ODDLY PARALLEL LIFE OF FRANCES PATRICIA MILLBURN

  Posted by rcraig , 07 December 2014 · 800 views



Parallel- to travel on the same course, out to eternity, but never intersecting.  If there were fair, then such things would not be, but with little evidence of fair, such things simply are.

I live in the aftermath of the life of Frances, or Trich with a c as she was known from childhood- by surviving accounts elegantly lovely...


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MYSTERY OF WINTER BIRD MORTALITY DEEPENS

  Posted by rcraig , 13 March 2014 · 37,193 views

Thoughts of pullorum, aspergillosus, Newcastle, avian influenza and avian cholera  filled my head as I brought four recently dead wild birds from my property to the state pathobiology lab.  Words like these strike fear into the hearts of poultry breeders, who can quickly lose their entire stock to such diseases.  

Observers...


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NEW ENGLAND BIRDS UNDERGO LATE WINTER MORTALITY

  Posted by rcraig , 21 February 2014 · 963 views



This first winter White-throated Sparrow was moribund before being hand captured and fed a diet of chick feed.  With feeding, it recovered within 24 hours.With intense cold since mid-November and with a month of continuous, deep snow pack in southern New England, it appears to be the kind of winter that is associated with high mortal...






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