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Posted: Monday, March 25, 2019 10:23 am | Updated: 10:37 am, Mon Mar 25, 2019.

If you know where to look, you’ll find the most surprising slices of nature are thriving amidst the urban jungle of America’s largest cities.  Including the crocodiles at FP&L's Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant in Homestead.

In season 2 of WTTW’s digital series URBAN NATURE, https://interactive.wttw.com/urbannature#!/,

evolutionary biologist Marcus Kronforst leads audiences on a journey of these overlooked ecosys-tems in Chicago; Miami, Florida; and Austin, Texas.

“This season of URBAN NATURE got us into some very bizarre situations,” said the series’ producer and writer, Dan Protess. “We hunted for crocodiles at a nuclear power plant near Miami, searched for rare birds at a sewage processing plant in Austin, Texas, and gathered edible plants in the dingiest Chicago alleys. But we once again proved that nature can thrive in the most unlikely urban locations.”

The episodes focusing on Miami include:

If You Build It (a Nuclear Reactor), They (Crocodiles) Will Come

Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant was not designed to be a sanctuary for crocodiles; it was built to generate electricity for South Florida. But this massive facility has been credited with helping to save this once-endangered species.

* See the News Leaders story on the Turkey Point crocodiles from August 2018 at:


Florida’s Most Wanted

South Florida is under attack. From green iguanas in Miami, to Argentine black and white tegus in Homestead, to Burmese pythons in the Everglades, invasive reptiles from Asia and South America are wreaking havoc on the region’s ecosystems. Marcus sets out to find out why.

Backyard Butterflies, Meet Climate Change

Cabbage white butterflies are not normally an area of study for Urban Nature host Marcus Kronforst – his subjects are usually from exotic locations. But this species offers an interesting case study in the effects of climate change.

• A Healthy Dose of Nature

A growing number of doctors are ordering their patients to take a hike, literally. In other words, they are prescribing nature. Learn why from physicians and researchers.

• A Rising Tide Drowns a City

Sea level rise is not a dystopian vision of the future in Miami. It is happening now. What does this mean to Miami’s natural environment? And what role can nature play in saving the city?

MARCUS KRONFORST (Host) is the Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolution at the University of Chicago. He is a researcher in the field of evolutionary

biology, where his work focuses on wing pattern mimicry in butterflies. Dr. Kronforst has published his scientific research in journals, including Nature, Science, Nature Communications, Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences USA, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Genetics, and Genome Biology, among others.

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1 comment:

  • kritter posted at 4:42 pm on Mon, Mar 25, 2019.

    kritter Posts: 52

    wish the native whippoorwills would return. hurricane andrew blew them all away. miss them in springtime.