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QUEST: 2003 Episodes

Second Chance WildernessSecond Chance Wilderness

Is there such a thing as true wilderness anymore in northern New England? And would we know it if we saw it? Not everyone defines wilderness the same way. And a relatively new science, conservation biology, is giving us even more options. Experience the region’s most wild and stunning places as QUEST seeks out wilderness, old growth forests, and ecological reserves in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. This is the first widescreen program ever produced by Maine Public Broadcasting Network!

More Info: federal law regarding wilderness areas

Featured Scientist: Barbara Vickery

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AutumnAutumn

Long before the first leaf turns red or most wild berries are ripe for eating, the natural world is busy getting ready for winter. So if fall starts that early for plants and animals, how do they know the seasons are changing? Witness the incredible communication that goes on with biochemicals that "tells" the natural world when to start preparing for colder weather.

More Info: Bird kills at tall communications towers

Featured Scientist: Rick Van de Poll

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WinterWinter

For those plants and animals that don't migrate south for winter, a lot of preparation goes into getting ready for winter. But it takes more than that to make it through our long cold winters. Creating their own anti-freeze and re-directing bloodflow are just a few of the amazing adaptations the natural world has come up with that we’ll explore on QUEST. What many plants and animals know that we humans don’t when it comes to dealing with winter.

More Info: Albert's Research

Featured Scientist: Bernd Heinrich

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Remote SensingRemote Sensing

It wasn’t until manned space missions that we learned how seeing a bigger picture gave us a whole new appreciation of our world. Now we routinely gather and interpret data from a distance. See for yourself how remote sensing helped secure emergency relief funds in the wake of the 1998 ice storm in northern New England forests. And how satellite images of microscopic phytoplankton in the Gulf of Maine may help solve some global warming problems.

More Info: EOS

Featured Scientist: Tom Luther

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Managing WildlifeManaging Wildlife

Wildlife is always surprising us - even when pushed to the brink of extinction. Animals we once tried to get rid of are now literally at our backdoors. Marvel at the triumphant return of black bear, moose, fisher, and perhaps the cougar. And see how we’re just beginning to learn about other species. Discover how it took DNA testing to figure out that some songbird chicks have three or more parents. QUEST explores how the mysteries of our wildlife are being solved.

More Info: Bicknell's Thrush

Featured Scientist: Susan Morse

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FoodFood

How is it that we’re always dieting yet still face an epidemic of obesity and diabetes? We are what we eat, nutritionists tell us. But there seems to be mass confusion about what we should be eating. QUEST explores how the government's food pyramid and many of the latest diet plans only make it more confusing. Get the skinny on what you should know about food.

More Info: Blueberries

Featured Scientist: Jo Ann Perreault

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National Science Foundation Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Maine Forest Products Council Irving Woodlands, LLC Desiree Carlson, M.D. More Connected. More Maine.

Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation.
Additional funding is provided by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Forest Products Council, Irving Woodlands LLC., Desiree Carlson, M.D., and gifts to More Connected. More Maine, The Campaign for Maine Public Broadcasting Network's Programming.

A list of other funders includes:
The Davis Family Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and Lincoln Ladd.

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