85. Whooping Cranes DVD
Cranes are among the oldest living species on Earth, and whooping cranes (Grus americana) are the rarest of the world's 15 crane species. Historically whooping cranes ranged widely across North America relying on an abundance of native wetland habitats. However, as the nation settled and developed, the whooping crane population declined dramatically due to habitat loss, uncontrolled hunting, and other factors. By 1950 only about 20 of the birds remained. Today collaborative efforts are making progress in recovering the whooping crane population, and Alabama’s Wheeler Wildlife Refuge has become a contributing resource for this recovery, providing vital wetland habitat for the cranes’ annual migration south. Host Dr. Doug Phillips reflects upon the eloquent writings of the early American conservationist, Aldo Leopold, to punctuate the majesty and significance of cranes.
84. State Capitals
Alabama has had five different capitals since its first territorial legislature made the claim for statehood. This video visits each of these capital sites, examines archival records, and interviews a number of historians, archaeologists, educators, and others in telling the interesting stories associated with the history of Alabama’s five state capitals. The video is produced in celebration of Alabama’s Bicentennial.
83. Private Forests
Alabama has the 2nd largest producing forestland base in the U.S. with 23.0 million acres. The state ranks at the top with more than 70 different forest communities and almost 200 species of trees. Alabama’s National Forests, State Parks, and other public lands provide impressive representation of the states forest diversity. However, the majority of Alabama’s forestlands are not public lands but, instead, are privately owned lands, and owned not by large commercial entities but by individuals and families who typically own relatively small tracts of forestland. “Alabama Private Forests” visits with private landowners across the state to highlight the values of these lands from the perspective of private owners. Also featured are various natural resource professionals with expertise in forest management and forest ecology. A major aspect of the video is the role of professional consulting foresters assisting forest owners with the stewardship of their forestlands.