Episode 508: Looking For Foxes

Original Airdate: 
Monday, February 3, 2014 - Sunday, February 9, 2014
Next Airdate: 
Monday, July 14, 2014 - Sunday, July 20, 2014

It's a day at the farm for a group of fifth-graders! They're participating in the annual Egg Aid at Lundberg Family Farms. Each spring, before the cover crops get mowed and disKed into the ground to plant the new rice crops, Lundberg Family Farms brings kids together to scour the fields for duck eggs and gather them up to save them from destruction! And it's a very noisy process.

Then Adam and Jordan meet up with 7 high school students who are spending 4 weeks of their summer on Santa Cruz Island as part of The Natures Conservancy's LEAF internship program. It stands for "Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future" and on the first day our crew finds them hiking around the mountain tops looking for Santa Cruz Island Foxes! The fox, which can only be found on some of the Channel Island sand is on the endangered spices list. The LEAF teens work with scientists to capture some foxes, do a heath and dental inspection, and maintain a database that helps estimate the fox population!

We all love to enjoy a sunny day at the beach. But we're probably unaware of the critters that live and thrive beneath the sand, critters that are an important part of the food chain and the balance of nature. Well, Eco Company's Brendan found some teens who are looking for sand crabs and documenting the ebb and flow of its population. It's a real story of budding scientists.

Finally we learn how one zoo handles a problem that we probably don't think about…all of the animals poop! It's a real lesson in how to reuse and recycle.