At the beginning of every month, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium brings to you fun educational videos featuring thought-provoking questions, amazing animals, weird science, and investigations of our local environments.

Do Animals Need Friends?

Friendship contributes to better emotional and physical health in humans. But does this hold true for animals? Do animals need friends? Explore why some animals group up together, discover how having “friends” could help them survive, and learn how different relationships benefit animals in their natural environments.

Special thanks to Spy Hop Productions and staff of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium for their immense help on this project.

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Starring: Arielle Hassett, Jakell Larson, Robert Blair

Animal Expert: Adam Olsen

Vodcast Creation Team: Lora Eschtruth, Peter Bergeson

Cinematographer and Editor: Phase 2 Productions

Graphics/Animations: Josie Cordova

Producer: Christian Burrell

Director: Ariane Audd

Resources:

References to Friendship info:

http://www.livescience.com/53315-how-friendships-are-good-for-your-health.html

http://www.livescience.com/53255-strong-social-connections-may-improve-health.html

http://www.livescience.com/17265-healthy-habits-contagious-similar-friends.html

Literary Resources:

Cadzow, R.B. and TJ Servoss. The association between perceived social support and health among patients at a free urban clinic. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2009. 101: 243-250.

Eng, P.M. et al. Social ties and change in social ties in relation to subsequent total and cause-specific mortality and coronary heart disease incidence in men. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2002. 155: 700-709.

Reblin, M. and B.N. Uchino. Social and emotional support and its implications for health. Current Opinion in Psychiatry. 2008. 21: 201-205.

Rutledge, T. et al. Social networks are associated with lower mortality rates among women with suspected coronary disease: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-Sponsored Women’s Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation Study. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2004. 66:882-888.

Links to other videos/resources:

Elephant/Dog video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR0BlQzbOUk

Rhino/Goat Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bL02GyIsKw

https://asknature.org/strategy/intricate-relationship-allows-the-other-to-flourish/#.WBOYcS0rLcc

Do Trees Hibernate?

The temperature is dropping. Leaves are falling. Winter is coming. Some animals sleep through winter, but what about trees? Do they hibernate? Join us as we learn about the ways that trees prepare for cold weather, discover why leaves change color, and explore how plants know when winter is near.

Special thanks to Wasatch State Park, Jamie Scott, Spy Hop Productions, and staff of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium for their immense help on this project.

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Starring: Jakell Larson, Robert Blair, Peter Bergeson

Writers: Lora Halterman, Peter Bergeson

Cinematographer and Editor: Phase 2 Productions

Graphics/Animations: sie Cordova

Producer: Christian Burrell

Director: Ariane Audd

Time-lapse of leaves changing color, “Fall,” courtesy of Jamie Scott.

Filmed on location at Wasatch State Park.

Resources:

Why  Leaves Change Color:

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/how-do-trees-survive-winter

http://biology.appstate.edu/fall-colors/will-global-climate-change-affect-fall-colors

http://www.kidzone.ws/plants/autumn1.htmhttp://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/10/1005_041008_fallfoliage.html

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/10/071030-fall-leaves.html

http://science.jrank.org/pages/5303/Plant-Pigment-Carotenoids.html

http://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/trees-survive-winter-cold

http://www.carnivorousplants.org/cpn/samples/Science273anthocyanin.htm

http://www.usna.usda.gov/PhotoGallery/FallFoliage/ScienceFallColor.htmlhttp://spaceplace.nasa.gov/seasons/en/http://www.esf.edu/pubprog/brochure/leaves/leaves.htm

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114288700

Hibernation:

http://www.uen.org/themepark/patterns/animalmigration.shtml

http://wildlife.utah.gov/blog/2011/how-deer-cope-with-winter-conditions/

https://student.societyforscience.org/blog/eureka-lab/warm-weather-pika-gathers-more-moss?mode=blog

http://wildaboututah.org/seasonal-changes-amazing-adaptations/

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http://wildlife.utah.gov/blog/2013/snowshoe-hares-a-unique-challenge-for-utahs-upland-game-hunters/

http://www.desertusa.com/animals/hibernation.html

What’s So Scary About Algae?

It’s spooky. It’s mysterious. It’s all over…it’s algae? We’ve seen a scare of algal blooms in Utah, and they’re happening all over the world. But what is algae? Is it dangerous? What causes an algal bloom? Join us as we explore this aquatic plant, discover what causes algal blooms, and learn what we can do to prevent them.

Special thanks to Ben Holcomb, the Utah Environmental Quality Agency, Scot Chipman, the Utah Water Ski Club, Hilary Hungerford, LLPA’s Education Vodcast Council, Spy Hop Productions, and staff of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium for their immense help on this project.

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Starring: Arielle Hassett & Robert Blair

Algae Expert: Ben Holcomb

Cinematographer and Editor: Phase 2 Productions

Graphics/Animations: Josie Cordova

Producer: Christian Burrell

Director: Ariane Audd

Resources:

https://www.epa.gov/nutrient-policy-data/cyanobacteriacyanotoxins

http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/habharm.html

http://blooms.uwcfl.org/what-are-habs/

http://deq.utah.gov/Pollutants/H/harmfulalgalblooms/bloom-2016/index.htm

http://allaboutalgae.com

oceanservice.noaa.gov

http://cees.iupui.edu/

https://www.epa.gov/nutrientpollution