Researchers at a South Florida botanic garden want to return the state's orchids to their former glory.
When railroads first came to Florida in the late 1800s, the plants were among the first resources exploited. Millions of orchids were plucked and sent north as potted plants. Now, after more than a century of logging and harvesting, it's rare to find them growing in the wild here.
But if researchers at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden succeed with their Million Orchid Project, the flowers will soon bloom amid the hustle and bustle of city life.
Monday nights on WLRN are the wildest nights of the week. For lovers of natural history documentaries, this is a night you don't want to miss. It starts with the award-winning PBS series Nature and follows up with some of the best wildlife films from the BBC and elsewhere.
This coming Monday, January 13, WLRN Channel 17 presents the following line-up of beautiful films about wild animals from breath-taking locations around the world:
I was just getting into my car in the WLRN parking lot when I heard the warbling. It seemed the bird song was carried along on the air in surround sound, with a resonance that my colleagues inside the building would envy.
I kept scanning the electrical poles and wires above the parking lot to see if I could spot it. It had to be there, because he was a born performer, this bird. What a ham! Despite the ruckus I was making settling into my driver seat, he just kept singing away.
12/05/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Biscayne National Park Superintendent Brian Carlstrom. The park will hold hearings to consider the delicate balance between public usage and protection of national resources.
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03/12/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with journalist and public radio figure Nathanael Johnson. He’s the author of ALL NATURAL: A SKEPTIC’S QUEST. It’s a mix of science writing and memoir, and chronicles his “ecological anxiety,” with questions about man-made versus made-by-nature. Is there a middle ground? That’s Topical Currents with Joseph Cooper & Bonnie Berman . . . Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.