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 trailer is “Partly Sage” by Blue Dot Sessions, provided under the Attribution-Noncommercial License.)
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