Original Air Date: January 14, 2007
Patrick is on the trail of mysterious coastal shell rings. Constructed over 4,000 years ago by an organized society of Native Americans, these enormous rings and mounds of oyster shells can be up to 250 meters in diameter. Join this expedition along the Carolina Coast, as we search for clues to the purpose and origins of shell rings.
Original Air Date: January 21, 2007
This week’s expedition takes Patrick to the Eastatoe Valley, nestled in the rugged mountains of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. Join us as we explore this unique region, home to one of the most impressive, beautiful and diverse collections of wildflowers found in the Carolinas.
Original Air Date: January 28, 2007
Ever seen a hoopsnake? How about that cottonmouth that chased a fisherman right out of the lake? Tune in for a closer look at the myths - and truths - of snakes, one of our most misunderstood creatures. You’ll be surprised by what you learn as Patrick provides a glimpse into the fascinating biology of serpents.
Original Air Date: February 4, 2007
Join Patrick for an expedition into a strange and exotic world that’s closer than you think. North Carolina’s Green Swamp Nature Conservancy is home to over 25 species of "bug-eating" plants. We’ll discover the mechanics behind the mysterious venus flytrap (Charles Darwin’s favorite plant puzzle), the pitcher plant and more.
Original Air Date: February 11, 2007
The Nantahala Mountains of North Carolina are this week's setting as Patrick explores the ecological and social nature of bats, the world’s only flying mammals. We'll get to know their biology and behavior, and along the way dispel some of the popular misconceptions and fears about about these vitally important creatures.
Original Air Date: February 18, 2007
Travel to an island paradise that's only 25 miles long, yet boasts more than 1600 species of plants. Patrick is your guide to Dominica, featuring more remaining original growth rainforest than any other island in the Caribbean, one of the highest rainfalls in the world, and several active volcanoes. Don't miss this expedition to the only island Christopher Columbus would still recognize!
Original Air Date: February 25, 2007
In week two of our expedition to Dominica, we visit the unlikely home to most of the island's thriving species: fumaroles - acidic, sulfurous vents that form around active volcanoes. Patrick explores a riot of gigantic vegetation, unusual insects, brilliant flowers and birds. The Valley of Desolation and The Boiling Lake are just two of the stops along the way in this amazing journey.
Original Air Date: March 25, 2007
An adventurous 18th century Frenchman explored the Appalachian foothills, collecting plants to send back to the royal gardens. Did you know that this simple act launched a 100-year quest? Patrick is on the trail of the most renowned story in the botanical history of the Appalachian region.
Original Air Date: April 1, 2007
The leatherback sea turtle spends part of her life in the Atlantic ocean off the coast of South Carolina, traveling thousands of miles to the volcanic beaches of the Lesser Antilles once a decade to lay eggs. Patrick follows the path of sea turtles from the local resident - the loggerhead - to the largest and and most secretive of our sea turtles, the leatherback.
Original Air Date: April 29, 2007
If you're a bird, red cheeks and red legs might taste bad but could they poison you? Some species of salamanders mimic the color scheme of others to avoid being eaten! Few people know that these fragile amphibians lack lungs, and most live on land rather than water. Patrick explores the bizarre biology and behavior of these beautiful but seldom seen creatures.
Original Air Date: May 6, 2007
This week's expedition takes Patrick to the towering royal palms and bald cypress of the Fakahatchee Strand, home to the largest concentration of orchid species in North America and the most bromeliads in the continental United States. Join our investigation of the unusual circumstances have allowed this cypress strand to support such diversity.
Original Air Date: May 13, 2007
Wade deep into one of the largest wilderness areas in the United States, Florida’s Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve, one of the last strongholds for the legendary Florida Panther. The plants and animals here face conservation challenges ranging from the introduction of exotic plants and animals to the loss of vital fresh water. Join Patrick’s exploration of the unusual life inhabiting Big Cypress and the threats to its continued existence.
Original Air Date: May 20, 2007
Join Patrick as he continues to follow the water of the Big Cypress through pinelands, past hardwood hammocks and into the mangrove. We visit crocodiles, manatees and spoonbills that depend upon the continued flow of a threatened water supply.