How do you film wild animals that don’t want to be filmed? That is the question Emily Narrow faces as a student wildlife filmmaker in Bozeman, Montana. Trapped! is a short documentary film about remote wildlife cameras, and Emily’s attempt to use these cameras to connect with nature. The film follows her as she sets her first camera traps, and tries to get the kind of intimate portraits of wildlife that have eluded her so far. Trapped! takes a lighthearted look at Emily’s successes and failures at camera trapping, while highlighting the simple joy that comes from connecting with nature.
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Growing Up With Gadgets is a film about technology and its impact on the lives of children at home and school. The film follows 9-year-old Emma to see where and how technology is present in her life. Many see technology as the “bad guy” that is keeping children inside more and limiting their exposure to the natural world. Growing Up with Gadgets aims to show that technology and gadgets themselves aren’t the problem, but that it can be used in a positive way, as a catalyst to get children outside more often.
‘Energy’s Future’ tells the story of Joules, a high school junior faced with the pressing decision about what to do after graduation. Joule’s daily routine of work, classes, and friends leaves her little time to figure out what she ultimately wants for her life after high school. The lives of three college students working in different science fields intercut Joule’s story. These college students aren’t just reading textbooks. They are doing cutting edge research aimed at solving one of the biggest problems facing our world, the need to find renewable energy. Through interweaving stories, Energy’s Future paints a picture of the transition of science and people, from students being taught in the high school classroom to students solving real world problems in the college lab.
Proposed mountaintop removal mining in southeastern British Columbia, Canada is threatening one of America’s most endangered rivers and North America’s wildest remaining valley — The Flathead. Flathead Wild follows the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) as they descend on the Flathead River Valley, along with local conservation groups, to take breathtaking and iconic images of the threatened ecosystem. These images then act as tools for the Flathead coalition to help tip the scales in favor of protection and conservation.
After a long day of digging gold out of the ground, crushing it at the mill and refining it at the lab, Ralph Johnsrud and his miners can go back to their homes in Virginia City. Referred to by many as a ghost town, Virginia city witnessed the rise and fall of Montana’s gold industry. However, in the past couple of years miners like Ralph reopened their mines, offering jobs to locals and bringing life to the town. Environmentally friendly mining is one of the biggest concerns at Madison Mine and illustrates the new face of mining in the American west.
In light of the recent catastrophe in the Gulf Coast region, it seems appropriate to re-visit the previous disaster of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. This film, produced by NOAA, takes a look at the past 20 years of recovery and persisting environmental effects in Prince William Sound. What does this film tell us about the consequences of the present BP oil drilling disaster in the Gulf Coast region and what can we learn from it?
In March 2009, a group of NOAA scientists and marine debris experts gathered on the shores the Potomac River to tackle a problem left ignored for the last 25 years. Abandoned during the construction of a local yacht club since the 1980′s, a barge stuck in the mud poses potential environmental and navigational hazards. Yet, no one knows who left it, and no one has been able to remove it. NOAA and the Alice Ferguson Foundation have banded together to sort the problem out. This first installment traces the mounting effort through the silent perspective of the The Barge That Wouldn’t Budge.
Steve Titus has what he calls a ‘hobby gone awry.’ His solo garage project, self-funded and self-improvised, is to change the world by designing the ‘Solar Bug’ – a prototype for a combination ATV and solar electric car. Steve joins a long lineage of tinkerers, experimenters, and resourceful inventors who have pioneered ideas in their backyard pursuit of a more sustainable society. The ultimate message is this: if you are passionate about an idea, start today, don’t hold back, and leave your naysayers in the dust.
The Terra team have been lucky enough to travel the country and meet some truly amazing people. However, we haven’t always been able to offer all our interviews online – until now! Jay Harman will kick off our series of interviews which we’ll be putting up from time-to-time for the rest of the year. Have you ever really thought about Bio-mimicry? Does nature have all the answers to our problems and we just have to learn how to emulate it? Find out with Jay and Terra in the first of many awe inspiring conversations.
Each year, wind farms kill thousands of bats. This short, animated film describes how researchers are trying to develop new technologies to protect bats from getting injured or killed by wind mills.