Le Merle (the Blackbird) is a cutout animation directed in 1958 by cinematic innovator Norman McLaren. Based on a French-Canadian folksong, the story tells of a bird who loses a beak, a neck, eyes, wings, legs, etc, and then finds them in duplicate and triplicate.
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Polar Bears Eat Goose Eggs in the Arctic’s summer months, but now scientists are studying how melting sea ice might affect the bears’ eating habits in the years to come. Will more eggs be on their menu? Utah State University Ph.D candidate David Iles narrates this remote camera footage from Western Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba, as we watch polar bears find these high-calorie snacks (and a few of the birds that laid them):
“In terms of snow geese there’s 50,000 pairs out there, and that could be quite a substantial benefit to polar bears that do happen to take advantage of them,” he continued. “But what we don’t yet know is how often that overlap happens, what types of bears are taking advantage, and what it could mean for both polar bears and waterfowl.”
There are more details about the balance of these animals and the changing ecosystem that they share in this corresponding National Geographic article.
Related bears-on-hidden-camera fun: What goes on when you are not there.
Directed by Tina Keeper and presented by the National Film Board of Canada, How Do They Recycle Steel? (1999) has everything: conveyor belts, crackling sounds, massive machines in a massive factory, sparks, smoke, fire, molten metal, more sparks…
Melting down and recycling existing steel products is a more efficient and sustainable process than mining iron ore to make virgin steel. From the EPA:
Recovering steel not only saves money, but also dramatically reduces energy consumption, compared to making steel from virgin materials. In turn, this reduces the amount of greenhouse gases released in to the air during processing and manufacturing steel from virgin ore.
Iron and steel are easily recycled and are the most recycled materials in the world.
In this golden First Honey of the Year video from MudSongs.org, watch how a honey comb is cut from a foundationless hive frame that has been filled with deliciousness by bees in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
MudSongs.org is the hobby blog of two novice beekeepers who are documenting their mistakes and successes. If you want to know more about these honey combs and how honey can be harvested, watch their narrated Cutting & Bottling video. Recommended viewing:
There are more bees buzzing in the archives.
As a part of their research on wildlife population distribution, animal activity and key biodiversity hotspots in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada, the Alberta Parks team set up a motion-sensitive camera to see what happens in the forest when humans aren’t around.
So what goes on when you are not there? As it turns out, it’s mostly about bears scratching their backs.
Related watching: the Explore.org live bear cam in Katmai National Park, Alaska. And with over 1000 videos in the archives, you can be assured that there are more bears and more trees somewhere around here.