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Ecosystem Engineers: How do beavers build dams?

How does one of nature's best ecosystem engineers go about revitalizing the landscapes around them? From PBS Nature, this is how North American beavers build dams. Related reading at Pawnation: Importance of Beavers ...

Giant amber snail catches an earthworm

In the forests of New Zealand, among a wide variety of snails, are giant Powelliphanta or amber snails, "giant" meaning around the size of a man's fist (up to 91mm or 3.6 in long). These beautiful, endangered creature...

Mandarin ducklings dive from unbelievably high heights

From the BBC's Earth nature documentary, narrated by Patrick Stewart, watch these tree-nesting Mandarin ducklings dive from unbelievably high heights, only 24 hours after hatching. File under: nature is amazing. In...

Unwinding the Cucumber Tendril Mystery

Watch plants grow (with time lapse)... or specifically, learn more about cucumber plant tendril coil movement and why it was confounding to scientists for so long. From 2012, this is Science Friday's Unwinding the Cuc...

A Deer Migration You Have to See to Believe

Traverse three highways, multiple water crossings, sand dunes, and over 100 fences in A Deer Migration You Have to See to Believe. This National Geographic video by Joe Riis shares the incredible yearly journey of mul...

Andres Amador’s Earthscapes: Art that Goes Out with the Tide

In a mix of artistry, geometry, and technology, San Francisco-based Earthscape artist Andres Amador creates massive sketches in the beach sand – sometimes geometric, and sometimes more abstrac...

Science Friday: Suckers for Sap

Maple trees + good timing + basic chemistry = maple syrup. But Science Friday takes us behind the scenes of maple syrup research to show that there’s much more to it than that. While the tr...

BeetleCopter in the Serengeti

A few years ago, U.K. wildlife photographer William Burrard-Lucas started building a series of remote controlled DSLR camera vehicles as a DIY project. Named the BeetleCam, it’s now be...

Evolution: Why do dogs bark?

Wolves howl and dogs bark. So why do dogs bark? File under: dogs and communication.

Fearsome Teeth of the Gelada Baboon

In the mountains of Ethiopia, the BBC’s Steve Backshall and his Deadly 60 team track a group of graminivorous (grass-eating) gelada baboons to observe their amazing, lion-sized, canine tee...

It’s Okay to Be Smart: Who was the first human?

The question “Who was the first human?” was a very popular one in our house just last year, but the evolution videos we had in the archives – even the awesome – didn’t answer ...

Poop Guy: A dad that’s revolutionizing sanitation in Pune, India

Swapnil Chaturvedi refers to himself as the Chief Toilet Cleaner, and is known as “Poop Guy” in the community of Pune, India. Officially, he’s the founder of Samagra Sanitati...

Pillar Point – Dreamin’

Pillar Point - Dreamin’, directed by our friends at Wild Combination.

The Westerly Morris Men celebrate the vernal equinox

Every year, regardless of weather, the Westerly Morris Men celebrate the vernal equinox and the first day of spring with a pre-dawn hike up to the summit of Lantern Hill in North Stonington, ...

Grizzly Bears vs Campsite

When camping, it’s good to know how to enjoy nature while keeping nature protected and out of your stuff. With this in mind, grizzly bears Ozzy and Bruno team up with ZooMontana keeper Kry...

Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek meets a family of mountain gorillas

Join Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek as she treks into northwest Rwanda to meet a family of critically endangered mountain gorillas for the first time. This was filmed for the BBC nature documentary se...

Flying over Yasur Volcano as it erupts

Fly over Tanna Island, Vanuatu's Yasur Volcano as it erupts! This fiery and incredibly close eruption footage was shot by Shaun O’Callaghan with a DJI Phantom quad-copter (that luckily di...

The Mudskipper

This amphibious fish is called a mudskipper and it uses its pectoral fins to walk on land, specifically mud. It also rolls, jumps, digs, excavates, socializes, fights for territory, and breathes...