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BioCollect | Nature Nation
BioCollect | Nature Nation

Each week, we feature a worthy citizen science project or nature news segment from around the nation. This week's is a little different in response to the urgent fire crisis in Australia: BioCollect from Atlas of Living Australia (ALA).

BioCollect allows users to collect and manage data from their citizen science projects. ...

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Outback Pelicans

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In years of heavy rain, the inhospitable Australian outback transforms into a surprising oasis for Australia's pelicans. They leave coastal homes for the outback. The abundance of food and water makes it the perfect place to breed and raise families. But much about their lives and their journey remain a mystery that researchers are only now beginning to unravel.

  Pelican Tantrums

Outback Pelicans

Pelican Tantrums

Young pelicans, perhaps vying for their parents' attention, throw a series of tantrums.

  Synchronized Swimmers

Outback Pelicans

Synchronized Swimmers

A group of pelicans swim in unison in the hopes of catching an afternoon snack.

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Cracking the Koala Code

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From the miracle of marsupial birth to tender moments of discovery between mother and newborn joey, encounters with threatening forest creatures, battles between rival males and the complex chorus of bellows and grunts that have become so important to science — join leading scientists as they unravel just what a forest needs to support a healthy population of koalas by listening to these marsupial

 Koala Communication: An Interview with Dr. Bill Ellis

Cracking the Koala Code

Koala Communication: An Interview with Dr. Bill Ellis

Scientists are only recently starting to delve into the complexities of koala communication, and how these forms of communication influence the animal's social structure. Dr. Bill Ellis, head of the Koala Ecology Group at The University of Queensland, discusses his research in the field.

  A Koala Roams the Suburbs

Cracking the Koala Code

A Koala Roams the Suburbs

A male koala roams the Australian suburbs in search of a mate to produce offspring. Watch a scene from Cracking the Koala Code which premieres May 16, 2012 at 8/7c (check local listings).