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Air Pollution and the Lungs
In this video, learn about different causes of air pollution that can cause breathing problems. Outdoor pollution sources include cars, factories, dry cleaners, and gas pumps. Indoor air pollution can come from carpets, home cleaning products, glues, and pesticides. Also, learn about other parts of our environment, including cockroaches, dust mites, and molds that live in moist places, that can affect us.


Along the River Part I
The Bush River in northeastern Maryland is facing many of the same challenges that rivers in other parts of the state, and the nation, must deal with. Rising population, growing infrastructure and more sediment and pollutants runoff into the river are degrading its quality. This episode of Outdoors Maryland takes a look at the river's natural system, and practices and policies that resourceful public officials are implementing to protect the Bush River.


Along the River Part II
The Bush River in northeastern Maryland is facing many of the same challenges that rivers in other parts of the state, and the nation, must deal with. Rising population, growing infrastructure and more sediment and pollutants runoff into the river are degrading its quality. This episode of Outdoors Maryland takes a look at the river's natural system, and practices and policies that resourceful public officials are implementing to protect the Bush River.


Bat Talk
Learn how biologists use technology and skill to research bats across the Maryland region. In this story, they look at bat population dynamics and habitat use. Follow researchers as they explore caves and forests in search of bats and make interesting discoveries.


Calvert Cliffs Tiger Beetle
Calvert Cliffs is one of the last remaining homes to the Puritan Tiger Beetle. This clip identifies the natural habitat of this endangered beetle. Learn how the beetles reproduce, how they capture food, and why protecting the cliffs is so vital to their survival.


Calvert Cliffs: Fossils
Calvert Cliffs is an historical coastal strip that contains secrets thousands of years old. In this segment, learn about some of the fossils that can be found in the cliff, including the remains of porpoises and birds who made this part of the Chesapeake Bay their home. Also, learn about the part erosion has played in uncovering these fossils, and what they can tell us about the Bay’s past.


Jewels of the Forest
Explore the forest landscape with a group of mushroom hunters who share a passion for analyzing and collecting wild mushrooms, their prized jewels of the forest. Mushrooms have an important role in the ecosystem and come in different sizes, shapes, colors, textures, and even smells. They grow in moist places and are natural recyclers, helping to decompose dead wood.


Jewels of the Forest Option 2
Explore the forest landscape with a group of mushroom hunters who share a passion for analyzing and collecting wild mushrooms, their prized jewels of the forest. Mushrooms come in different sizes, shapes, colors, textures, and even smells.


Life in the Breakers
To understand the decline in the common Bluefish population better, a team of researchers is studying this toothy, feisty finfish and its life in the Chesapeake Bay and the breakers of the Atlantic Ocean. Follow the research team as it laboriously captures fish, trying to find some reasons for its ebbing population.


Mountain Rattle Option 1
The timber rattler is one of the most feared and misunderstood animals in nature. In this segment, follow legendary snake wrangler Marty Martin as he studies the population of the timber rattler during hibernation. Discover how the survival of the venomous timber rattler depends upon human understanding.


Mountain Rattle Option 2
The timber rattler is one of the most feared and misunderstood animals in nature. In this segment, learn about the distinct features of the fierce-looking snake and how it uses its senses to locate warm-blooded prey. You’ll also explore some of the rattler’s unique habits, such as hibernation, hunting, and colonization.


Mountain Rattle Option 3
Follow the life cycle of the timber rattler, one of the most feared and misunderstood animals in nature. Survival of this venomous snake species depends upon successful reproduction. In this segment, explore the habitat of the timber rattler while learning about the reproductive capacity of the fierce-looking snake.


Return of the River Dance 1
River otters are captivating, playful marine mammals once lost to Maryland. As a result of efforts by the Department of Natural Resources, these energetic creatures now thrive on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In this segment, follow the process as an otter preservation team works to reintroduce otters to their natural habitat.


Return of the River Dance 2
River otters are captivating, playful marine mammals once lost to Maryland. As a result of efforts by the Department of Natural Resources, these energetic creatures now thrive on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In this segment, follow the process as an otter preservation team works to reintroduce otters to their natural habitat.

 

 

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