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Best of Expeditions with Patrick McMillan Previous Broadcasts

The Valdivian Rainforest (Pt. 1) - The World Turned Upside Down (Episode #206)

KQED World: Tue, Nov 29, 2011 -- 6:00 AM

Have you ever wondered why the globe is always pictured with north being up? Join Patrick as he travels across the globe to a place that is far away, but strangely familiar. Nearly 90% of the diversity in the southern temperate rainforests can be found nowhere else on earth, and many of the plants and animals here have their origins in a now permanently frozen continent - Antarctica! The closest relatives of many of the plants found here today are found in New Zealand, Tasmania or South Africa, strange indeed. Though this place may be quite different in many respects from home, it is also very familiar. There is a shared heritage, a similar climate, and perhaps a shared ecological history.

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  • KQED World: Tue, Nov 29, 2011 -- 9:00 AM

Stevens Creek - The Jewel of the Piedmont (Episode #205)

KQED World: Tue, Nov 22, 2011 -- 6:00 AM

Most of us who live in the South view the Piedmont as the place we live, or the place we drive through to reach the mountains or the coast. We often see it as a heavily populated, heavily impacted landscape with little to offer. Join Patrick on an expedition that will shatter this stereotype of the Piedmont. The unique geology and location of Stevens Creek have led to the development of one of the most remarkable wildflower spectacles in North America, including some that can be found nearly nowhere else on earth - like the Lake Miccosukee Gooseberry (strange name, cool plant).

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  • KQED World: Tue, Nov 22, 2011 -- 9:00 AM

Port Royal Sound - A Hotspot of Coastal Diversity (Episode #203)

KQED World: Tue, Nov 8, 2011 -- 6:00 AM

Though they may appear monotonous, all salt marshes are not the same, Port Royal Sound is unique. Every May, vast swarms of horseshoe crabs crawl onto the shore to lay millions of eggs and these eggs are vitally important food for an impressive array of shorebirds, some of which are in the middle of a 10,000 mile one-way trip from their wintering grounds. This is only one of the interconnections that make this region so critical to the ecological health of our coast. What conditions exist here that allows a vast array of sharks, monster gamefish like Cobia, and other animals that normally exist in the open ocean to move miles inland? Join Patrick as he explores the beaches, waterways and marsh to uncover a hotspot of biological diversity on a Port Royal Sound Adventure.

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  • KQED World: Tue, Nov 8, 2011 -- 9:00 AM

The Great Bear Rainforest (Pt. 2) - A Biological Perpetual Motion Machine (Episode #202)

KQED World: Tue, Nov 1, 2011 -- 6:00 AM

Most people know the story of salmon, they run up stream, lay their eggs, then die...but do you know the rest of the story. It turns out that the dead salmon are one of the most important links that tie together the intricate flow of nutrients, and thus life, here in the rainforest ecosystem. Join Patrick as he travels with Heiltsuk First Nations members up the rivers with the salmon, eagles, and bears, to the very peak of the mountains following the flow of nutrients from ocean to the forest as he uncovers the amazing story of a biological perpetual motion machine, a system that today, is threatened by a changing world.

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  • KQED World: Tue, Nov 1, 2011 -- 9:00 AM

Frogs - The Spirit of Spring (Episode #204)

KQED World: Tue, Nov 15, 2011 -- 6:00 AM

How many youngsters become fascinated with nature by playing in mud puddles catching tadpoles and frogs? As a boy Patrick waited for the calls of wood frogs to signal the end of a long, cold winter. 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 of the Carolinas.

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  • KQED World: Tue, Nov 15, 2011 -- 9:00 AM
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