A Series of 5 Programs
Natural Connections (Classroom Version)
5-part series that makes a compelling scientific and ethical case for maintaining biodiversity.
This outstanding program makes effective use of interviews with well-spoken scientists, beautiful photography, top quality graphics, and original music to underline the importance of maintaining biodiversity, if we as a species want to survive and thrive on our home planet.
Directed by Sharon Howard and Mike Rosen
Produced by Howard Rosen Productions
Design Director: Greg Pecknold, Flying Spot
Original Music: Steven Ray Allen
Narrated by Peter Coyote
The program introduces the basic concepts of biodiversity, and takes a close-up look at salmon, rainforests, and marine ecosystems as examples.
Amongst those interviewed are Harvard's Edward O. Wilson, known as the "father of biodiversity"; Dr. Robert Paine, who coined the phrase "keystone species"; and forester Dr. Jerry Franklin.
Many programs call for us all to consume less in order to leave enough room for other species, on whom ultimately our survival depends. Few do it so effectively and positively.
Note: To make this program more user-friendly in the classroom, we have created a 5-part series:
The five programs in the series are:
Introduction to Biodiversity - The concept of biological diversity and its importance to humans.
The Significance of Salmon - Salmon and people both need clean water to survive. Can we make the connection?
Keystone Species - The principle of keystone species proves the interconnectedness of the living world.
Forests, Biodiversity and You - Can forests retain their productivity and biodiversity? Consuming less ourselves is key.
Biodiversity vs. Extinction - Mass extinction of species can be stopped if we understand the importance of biodiversity.
Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2000
Copyright Date: 1999
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-453-2
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-841-3
"Astonishingly beautiful documentary...With gorgeous photography, straightforward writing and enthusiastic participation by scientists who don't come off as pedants...a wake-up call that is riveting and startling, but, more important, congenial, considerate and convincing."
"A beautifully produced and effective piece."
Edward O. Wilson, Honorary Curator of Entomology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, and author of Biophilia and The Diversity of Life
"This video...is an invaluable teaching tool. There are dozens of films on the market that address the environmental and biodiversity problems we are currently facing. Natural Connections may have an edge because it will appeal to all age groups. Highly recommended for public, school and college libraries."
Barb Butler, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, MC Journal
"Superb photography, eloquent narration, and stirring interviews with biologists combine to make this Emmy Award winner perhaps the best video I have ever seen to make the case for the preservation of biodiversity. This dramatic video should be required viewing for all students teachers, parents, politicians, business leaders, consumers...Most highly recommended for viewers from about grade 6 or 7 through adults. Schools, nature centers, camps, and even individuals will value this video."
Dan R. Kunkle, Wildlife Activist Magazine
"A lovely piece of work. Excellent production values and interesting vignettes help to make several concepts in conservation and biodiversity very real and immediate...Could be used quite effectively in secondary schools or lower division biology or ecology classes as an introduction to issues of biodiversity
"Riveting and startling, but, more important, congenial, considerate and convincing." Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Awards and Festivals
5 Emmy Awards
Gold Hugo, Chicago International Television Competition
Best of Category , Best Educational Value, Best Scientific Content and Best Conservation Message, International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula
UNESCO Silver Medal, The New York Festivals
Best of Category, EarthVision Environmental Film & Video Festival
Best Graphic Design, International Monitor Awards
Bronze Anvil Award, Public Relations Society of America
Equinox Environmental Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Olympia Environmental Film Festival
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, the interconnectedness of the natural world, and the critical need for conservation. All of the scientists interviewed are articulate and interesting...Individual vignettes and stories could be used separately in more advanced classes or where class time is very short."
Michael Renner, Professor of Animal Behavior, West Chester University