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Drop by Drop to the Sea
Follow rain running off parking lots and roads in central North Carolina on a journey to the estuary hundreds of miles away. Good footage showing runoff from areas of development and beautiful estuary montage at the end.
Learn about the SWMP Program (System Wide Monitoring Program) and see how high-tech underwater equipment helps keep track of conditions in the estuary 24/7/365.
Learn a little about salinity differences in the estuary and watch a really cool but simple experiment to demonstrate salinity stratification. You can try this at home!
All species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered. Meet a scientist who works with sick or injured sea turtles and find out what happens in a turtle hospital.
All species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered. Learn how scientists are studying these animals using high tech equipment.
A quick, by necessity, discussion of watersheds with a great demo using a very good watershed model (Enviroscape) plus a couple of "what can students do" tips.
SCORE for Oysters
Score one for oysters. Meet two oyster experts and learn how oyster shells can be recycled to make new habitat for young oysters.
Estuary Basics (Marsh Plants)
Meet scientist Saundra Upchurch of the Ace Basin (SC) Reserve and learn about the marsh plants of South Carolina's "Low Country."
Reading the Beach (Sand Science)
Geologist Dr. Jeff Warren shows how the beach is built and performs a "fizzy" experiment with beach sand. Follow up to #126 Sand Signs..
Reading the Beach (Sand Signs)
Meet a scientist who tells us lots about the beach just by looking at the sand.
Young students learn about plankton (in particular phytoplankton) and why it is vital to life on this planet. Good for elementary and middle-school students, good photomicrography.
Lionfish: Estuary Invaders
Invasive species can disrupt an environment. Lionfish, native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, are showing up off the East Coast of the United States. What problems will these Estuary Invaders bring?
Armand Bayou Close-up
Meet scientist Eddie Seidensticker as he and two students take an up-close look at the plants of Armand Bayou (Texas). These guys get wet and muddy!
Texas Alligators Q&A
Students ask questions about the American Alligator (native to Texas) and an Armand Bayou Nature Center scientist answers. This video is a good follow-up to video 115..
Watersheds of Galveston Bay
Meet the "Dirt Doctor" and learn about the watersheds of the Galveston Bay. Good science info with some photographs shown by students.
Armand Bayou Nature Center
An overview of the Armand Bayou Nature Center in Texas with slides of some unique features. Good for a group planning a visit to the center.
Galveston Bay Overview
A quick overview of what makes the Galveston Bay a special place, with Helen Drummond, Director, Galveston Bay Estuary Program..
Creatures of the Brackish Water
In the Barataria-Terrebonne estuary waters range in saltiness from the ocean all the way to nearly fresh. Meet a scientist who studies the creatures that thrive in the low-salt environments.
Many people depend on the estuary to earn a living. Meet a Louisiana man who makes his living by harvesting crabs and shrimp...and he is worried about the health of the estuary. (Good info about the fishing techniques used)
Birds of the Barrataria-Terrebone
Catch a glimpse of several species of birds found in the Barataria-Terrebonne estuary in Louisiana. Good science info..
Meet the American Alligator, a resident of the Lousiana estuary, and learn the secrets of this sometimes "scary" creature. Excellent close-up video and good Q&A.
Levees High Rez
Interview with Windell Curole, Levee Manager, South Lafourche Parish one year before Hurricane Katrina and Windell offers some ominous predictions. This is a higher resolution version of video 001.
Visit a beautiful bog in the Weeks Bay Reserve in Alabama, home to a variety of carnivorous plants. Lots of science info for teachers and some great close-up video for students.
Scientists answer student questions about mangroves and why these plants are a keystone species in Florida's estuaries.
Become a mangrove expert...learn how to identify the three species of mangroves found in Florida and why these plants are important in the estuary.
with the Manatee
Here's your chance to interview the manatee...a marine mammal that finds safety and sustenance in the estuary.
Meet a middle-school student who works to protect turtles found in the estuary.
of the Charlotte Harbor
Meet an oyster expert and learn about this important bivalve, the history and economic value of the oyster in the Charlotte Harbor Estuary.
Creatures in the Charlotte Harbor
Students collect and display some of the most common creatures found in the Charlotte Harbor Estuary (FL).
and the First People
Learn how the Charlotte Harbor (FL) estuary was a "supermarket" for the Calusa (sometimes spelled Caloosa) native people..
Following the Rails
Learn how scientists track the Sora Rail, a unique bird that depends on the estuary to fuel up for lengthy migrations up and down the Atlantic Coast.
Studying the Sora Rail
Have you heard the expression "skinny as a rail?" Learn where it originated and much more about this unusual bird, the Sora Rail.
Learn how scientists track their research subjects using radio transmitter technology.
Meet scientists and students at the Jug Bay Reserve in Maryland as they study and track the common Box Turtle (and find out why they do it.)
New Jersey Terrapin Close-up
A teacher and students present their work with estuary terrapins. This is filled with lots of facts and good close-up shots of the terrapin stars.
Learn about the lowly Menhaden, the history of this fish and the many uses that made it a powerful economic factor for many years..
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
Learn about the Slocum Glider. It is shaped like a cruise missile and designed to explore the ocean for months at a time with no human direction.
New Jersey Clamming
Learn all about clams (and how they are harvested) from an experienced New Jersey clammer..
Dolphin Research at JCNERR
We talk with a scientist who specializes in studying the Bottlenose Dolphin population in the Jacques Cousteau Reserve in New Jersey using very special equipment..
Join a scientist and several young students as they explore an intertidal pool using a seine net and fish traps..
A look at various types of estuary grasses and the animals that are sheltered in this habitat, plus a look at the methods scientists use to study these grasses.
Tracking Striped Bass
Estuary scientists use sophisticated electronic equipment to study and track the Striped Bass, a resident of the estuary and open open..
Estuary Super Grass
Learn about the "super" grass found in the estuary and catch a rare glimpse of this grass's amazing root system.
Everything you always wanted to know about the estuary's Diamondback Terrapin and how it is being protected.
Students Can Help!
Students from schools in the Peconic Estuary region talk about how young people everywhere can help and protect the environment.
Tour a hatchery where clams, oysters and scallops are raised. Learn about the steps of the bivalve life-cycle. Meet community members who support this effort..
Research SCUBA Diving
Learn about SCUBA diving, what equipment is required and what each piece does, and how diving is used to study the estuary.
Cool Critters of Peconic Bay
Young students show and tell about some of the "coolest" critters in the Peconic estuary..
Researching the CLAM
Everything you want to know about clams and related bivalves of Waquoit Bay (MA)..
Eelgrass is one of the most important plants in the estuary. The health of this plant is often a measure of the health of the environment. Also includes a look at how septic systems impact estuary plants.
What Lives in the Bay?
A quick, simple look at some of the typical animals found in Waquoit Bay (MA). Good for K-6 students.
Quest for Clams
We enjoy an historic Wampanoag (native people) Clambake and learn about the clam, a tasty bivalve to some and a way to make a living to others. Learn everything you want to know about clams!
All About Waguoit Bay Estuary
A quick overview of the Waquoit Bay Estuary, including what is an estuary and what makes this estuary unique.
Crabs Facts with Dr. Nora
Learn some secrets of the Dungeness Crab with Dr. Nora. Look at the life cycle of these creatures and learn facts about their unique blood.
Water Quality in the South Slough Reserve
Learn how to measure and test for water quality with simple tools. We discuss the need for constant measurement and testing and learn about the status of water quality in South Slough Estuary Reserve.
Fishes, Animals with Backbones
Vertebrates are animals with backbones. Vertebrates thrive in the estuary and are important links in the food chain. This video features good close-ups of South Slough Estuary fishes.
Many species of crabs live in the South Slouth Estuary. Crabbing is important to the region both for recreation and commercial reasons.
Life on the Edge: Saving Lives looks at the work of the Coast Guard as they patrol the waters around South Slough Estuary.
A look at how and why the South Slough estuary has been changed by human use, and how we are now trying to "rebuild" or restore the estuary to original condition. Specialized techniques for restoration include use of high explosives.
Estuary Forests: History In Wood
A look at South Slough, Oregon estuary forests and the history of human inhabitants and the importance of logging.
Oyster Boy Episode Five (Wrap Up)
Oyster Boy and the Scientific Method, Episode Five featuring a wrap up of what learned using the scientific method. This is episode five of five.
Oyster Boy Episode Four (Experiment/Results)
Oyster Boy and the Scientific Method, Episode Four featuring Experiment and Results. This is episode four of five.
Oyster Boy Episode Three (Hypothesis/Prediction)
Oyster Boy and the Scientific Method, Episode Three featuring hypothesis and prediction. This is episode three of five.
Oyster Boy Episode Two (Observation/Question)
Oyster Boy and the Scientific Method, Episode Two featuring observation and questioning. This is episode two of five.
- Oyster Boy and the Scientific Method (Intro)
Meet Oyster Boy from the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in the state of Washington and learn about the scientific method of problem solving. This is Episode One of Five.
Saving the Tijuana Estuary
The estuary stands as the last barrier between the Pacific Ocean and pollution. Its mix of plants and silt acts as a filter that purifies inland rain and flood waters before they reach the ocean.
|69 - Salmon
Unique views of salmon in the estuary courtesy of acclaimed Oregon photographer Jose Curtis. No narration, just natural sound.
|68 - Tillamook
Student seine the Tillamook estuary and bring back a variety of native species to study.
|67 - Tillamook
Learn about birds that make the estuary their home and why the estuary is an important stopover for others. Meet two pelicans saved by rescuers.
|66 - All About
Everything you wanted to know about oysters but were afraid to ask, including instructions on opening them and eating them.
|65 - Tillamook
Eelgrass is one of the most important plant species in the estuary. Tillamook estuary has both native and introduced species of eelgrass. Students learn what this means for the fragile estuarine environment.
Invertebrates of the Tillamook Estuary
Students learn about invertebrates found in the Tillamook Estuary and their place in the food web.
|63 - Crabs of
the Tillamook Estuary
Students learn about the variety of crabs found in the Tillamook Estuary including the most important commercial species, the Dungeness crab.
|62 - Plankton
Students learn about zooplankton and phytoplankton, the importance of plankton as the basis of the foodweb, tools used to collect and study plankton.
|61 - Tillamook
A video overview of the amazing Tillamook Estuary in Oregon...exciting photography highlights this 3-minute look this national treasure.
|60 - Estuaries:
Defining Our Terms
Students quickly run down the major aspects of what makes an estuary, watershed, habitat and food web.
|59 - Getting
We heard the "Tale of Two Estuaries", now we can learn how to get involved to protect these important but fragile resources.
|58 - Eelgrass
Everything you ever wanted to know about eelgrass but were afraid to ask...types, location, habitat, and much more. This is a longer video clip with multiple segments.
|57 - Cornucopia
Learn about the wide variety of crabs found in Oregon waters...estuary, shoreline, near shore and deeper waters.
|56 - Counting
We get crazy for crabs when students learn how to identify, measure and tell the sex.
|55 - Catching
Salmon leave the estuary and feed in the open ocean. Catching these fish is an important industry in the Pacific Northwest. Learn about tools and techniques for catching salmon.
|54 - Hazardous
Estuaries are important habitats for salmon...but development, deforestation and human interaction caused damage to these ecosystems. Learn how to mitigate this damage and restore the estuary.
|53 - Salmon
Estuaries are important habitats for salmon during parts of their life-cycle. Find out the why and how of this and see two salmon at opposite ends of their life-cycles.
|52 - Two
Estuaries: Native People
Estuaries have been home to native people for centuries. Meet members of Oregon's Coquille Tribe who used the estuary's riches to flourish for hundreds of years.
|51 - Tale of
A look at two very different estuaries in Oregon...South Slough and Tillamook. Look for other videos in this series.
Highlights package from National EstuaryLIVE for promotional use.
|49 - What is a
EstuaryLIVE meteorologists explain how a tornado forms, how it moves, and how to measure potential damage from these dangerous storms.
- Lessons of Lightning
- Hurricane Hazards
EstuaryLIVE meteorologists explain how a hurricane forms, how it moves, and how to measure potential damage from these dangerous storms.
- Estuary Restoration and Monitoring
See how an urban estuary suffering from land loss is restored using a unique high-tech method. Then using ancient technology the results of the restoration are monitor for success.
- Building a Salt Marsh
Can a salt marsh be built (or rebuilt). The answer is yes. This video explains how plants are chosen for a "rebuilt" salt marsh near New York City.
|44 - More
About The Marsh
A quick overview of the salt marsh and why this environment is important.
- Combined Sewer Overflow
A quick overview of how a combined sewer overflow system works and why heavy rains can be bad for estuaries...
|42 - Water
Quality Specifics: Measuring Nitrogen
How students can use classroom tools to measure estuarine water quality. Students sample estuary water for nitrogen using the Colorimeter.
|41 - Water
Quality Specifics: Using a Colorimeter for DO
How students can use classroom tools to measure estuarine water quality. Students sample estuary water for salinity using a low-end Colorimeter.
|40 - Water
Quality Specifics: Using a Hydrometer
How students can use classroom tools to measure estuarine water quality. Students sample ocean, estuary and tap water for salinity using the Hydrometer.
|Urban Estuaries: Water
Quality Testing - 039
Students measure water quality in the NY-NJ Estuary using simple tools your students can use. Scientists explain the importance of good water quality and talk about what causes water quality declines.
|Urban Estuaries: Counting
Critters - 038
Students use a "Seine Net" to count marine life in the NY-NJ Estuary. Scientists explain why some animals thrive and others decline, why some fish may be eaten and some cannot.
|Urban Estuaries: Salmon on
the Decline - 037
A short explanation of why Pacific Salmon are on the decline. Remember the four H's.
Restoration - 036
Students and citizen groups seek to restore and reclaim damaged, changed, or polluted estuaries.
|Urban Estuaries: Toxic
Legacy - 035
Pollution in urban estuaries is a serious problem. Cleaning up this toxic legacy is a long-term and expensive proposition.
|Urban Estuaries: Living in
a Toxic Soup - 034
Urban areas often grow up around estuaries. Industrial development often leaves a legacy of pollution in these areas. How creatures survive this "soup."
|Urban Estuaries: Human Changes,Environmental Effects - 033
Often humans living in close contact with an estuary want to "fix" it. We learn about the changes humans made to the Duwamish Estuary in Seattle and how many groups are seeking to reverse these changes.
|Urban Estuaries: Home to
Native Peoples - 032
Cities often spring up around estuaries. Often "progress" displaces native peoples who have lived in harmony with the estuary for generations.
|Water Song Sing Along -
Shelter Island (NY) School sing the "Water Song" and invite your class to sing along. The lyrics roll across the screen as your class sings....
|Bulkheads Cause Problems
for Horseshoe Crabs - 030
Bulkheads, sea walls and other hardened shoreline structures cause problems for animals like horseshoe crabs....
|Freshwater Turtles in the
Estuary - 029
Children learn about freshwater turtles found in the estuary.
|Shellfish Nurseries - 028
Shellfish are not only important to the health of the estuary but are also a valuable food source and "cash crop."
|Three Unusual Estuary
Birds - 027
We know many birds make their homes in the estuary. Some are familiar to us but here are three species that are more elusive.
|Let's Learn About Estuary
Plants - 026
Many highly specialized plants are found in the estuary (for K-3).
|Marsh Migration - 025
Dr. Alex Kolker shows high school students how a salt marsh can actually migrate across the landscape.
|Wetlands: A Cautionary
Tale - 024
High School students perform a short skit describing the fragile nature of estuaries while others demonstrate the value of wetlands using a water table.
|Favorite Estuary Animals -
Excited second graders describe their favorite estuary animals and show off some artwork depicting the creatures.
|Restoring the Estuary -
Invasive plants and animals can damage the estuary....
|Larger Animals of the
Estuary - 021
Spend the day exploring the San Francisco Bay NERR and you may see no large animals. But they are there!
|Eelgrass Restoration - 020
Eelgrass is an important estuarine habitat. Eelgrass beds are shrinking in many estuaries and this video looks at scientific efforts to "reseed" these valuable habitats.
|China Camp State Park -
China Camp State Park, part of the San Francisco Bay NERR, is an important environmental and historic site.
|Estuary Scavenger Hunt -
Take five minutes and look for everything around you (plants, animals, mud) in the estuary.
|What is an Estuary...So
Now You Know! - 017
Produced by the Association of National Estuary Programs as a fun explanation of what estuaries are and why they are important.
|Tornado: View from the
Past - 016
Weather forecasting has advanced since this film was made (in about 1956).
|Research Vessel Tour - 015
Tour of the RV Palmetto.
|Red Drum Data - 014
Collecting data on the much prized Red Drum using standard data collection techniques.
|Horseshoe Crabs - 013
A close-up look at an ancient estuary animal.
|To Be A Meterologist - 012
An interview with a high school senior who wants to study to become a meterologist.
|Weather Radio: Emergency
Warning System - 011
Behind the scenes of the NOAA Weather Radio system...how it works, how warnings and updates are transmitted.
|Extreme Weather: Path of
Destruction - 010
How the NWS uses technology to forecast extreme weather events and issue warnings to citizens in the path of destruction.
Technology - 009
Advances in weather forecasting technology...how the National Weather Service (part of NOAA) operates.
|Weather Balloons - 008
Weather research/forecasting using balloons. How weather balloons work and the data these "space craft" send back.
|Slugs - 007
Slugs, nudibranchs and other strange creatures found in temperate and tropical estuary waters. No sound.
|Night in the Estuary - 006
A night fieldtrip exploring the Rachel Carson Reserve in Beaufort, North Carolina. Professor Dan Rittshof of Duke University is an expert on the estuarine environment at night. He studies bluecrabs.
|Hermit Crab Research - 005
A young researcher studies how hermit crabs live and reproduce in the estuary. She also discusses the value of the Estuarine Research Reserve system.
|Oyster Research - 004
Learn research techniques used to study the oyster population in the estuary.
|Black Skimmers - 003
Footage of Black Skimmers fishing on an estuarine creek in North Carolina. This clip shows how the birds "eat" in slow motion and extreme close-up. MOS (no sound).
|Plants (Circle of Life) -
A segment from the film Waters of Life looking at the role of plants in the estuary and the cycle of life that depends on them.
|Louisiana Levees - 001
Interview with Windell Curole, Levee Manager, South Lafourche Parish one year before Hurricane Katrina.