Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: Science: Environment

Environmental Studies Series

This important series offers eye-opening documentaries to enlighten viewers about the importance of understanding and protecting our environment; also to educate and to motivate people to learn about ecology and take steps to preserve our natural treasures. Programs available on 25 or 26 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Click for more

Wonders of the Pondside Nature Trail

Wonders of the Pondside Nature Trail

Taking a walk in the woods is more than good exercise; it can be a very educational and rewarding experience. In this program, naturalists Paul Layton and Judi Crimmins help us discover the many natural wonders found on the Pondside Nature Trail located near Killens Pond State Park in Felton, Delaware. We begin our tour on high ground among the loblolly pines and Paul shows us how to determine a tree's age by looking at its rings; next we view various trees, their bark and their leaves in a deciduous forest, including Tulip Poplar, Sassafras, Hickory, Oak, Holly and Birch; vines, such as Poison Ivy, Virginia Creeper and Partridge Berry; understory plants, such as the Devil's Walking Stick; and Galls; also we get close enough to listen to a beetle. Closer to the water, we discover wetlands' plants, such as sweet pepper, Jack in the Pulpit and Greenbrier; then Paul discusses how Native Americans used the environment to survive in these forests; plus he provides some of the history of the trail and the man-made pond. At the water's edge we view blueberry plants; then come upon a King Snake eating a brown water snake; next Paul identifies Magnolia, parasitic and duckweed plants. Heading back, he identifies the differences between white and red oaks; then concludes the program discussing beavers. Produced by Pond Productions. 07/09DE IJSCA 45 min.

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