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Episode Four

pOTTERcast Part 2: Rats. Locusts. Sea otters?

While many view sea otters as adorable, charismatic creatures, the local residents of Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska have a much different opinion. For them, sea otters have destroyed their fisheries and destroyed their livelihoods. Learn more about this complex relationship and how the ecosystem has shifted with the growing presence of this top-level predator. (The music in this episode is “Partly Sage” by Blue Dot Sessions, provided under the Attribution-Noncommercial License.)

Episode Three

pOTTERcast Part 1: Sea Otters and Seagrass

In Southeast Alaska, sea otters have made a critical comeback after their populations were decimated during the fur trade. With their numbers growing, how are these charismatic critters impacting the ecosystem? Learn about the critical role this species plays in maintaining the health of seagrass habitat and what Earthwatch researchers and volunteers have uncovered so far. (The music in this episode is “Partly Sage” by Blue Dot Sessions, provided under the Attribution-Noncommercial License.)

Episode Two

Winter is Coming...and So Are the Cranes.

In episode 1, host Dianna Bell introduced the iconic Whooping Crane—the tallest bird in North America that spends its winter months in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. In late August, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in coastal Texas, ravaging the cranes’ delicate habitat. What will await these birds as they begin to arrive in Aransas in the coming weeks? In episode 2, you’ll hear from the Earthwatch scientists and volunteers who are conducting critical research within this ecosystem—research that could help Whooping Cranes to weather the impacts of the storm. (The music in this episode is “Partly Sage” by Blue Dot Sessions, provided under the Attribution-Noncommercial License.)

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