December 13, 2019
  • 7:17 pm 9/11 Occult Ritual: Blood, Gold and Emotion
  • 7:17 pm What Do Quakers Do in Silent Worship?
  • 7:17 pm Night of Worship August 2018 Announcement
  • 7:17 pm Health + Wealth POWER Meditation | Bob Proctor
Animal Facts Club Presents – Endangered Rituals | 2018 Online Film Festival | PBS

(playful music) (animals calling) – [Narrator] Texas is home
to many amazing creatures, but the Attwater Prairie
Chicken and the Houston Toad are found nowhere else in the world. These two vastly different creatures have a few things in common. Both have incredible mating displays and both have been harmed and helped by humans at different times. A small area in East Texas is
the only place in the world there the public can see
wild prairie chickens perform one of the most
endearing mating displays around. A mating dance has never
seemed so critical. Once numbering in the millions, Attwater Prairie Chickens
are now almost extinct. (hawk crying) The prairie chickens not
only face habitat loss, but they have a long list of predators. Hawks, raccoons, foxes,
owls, opossums and snakes, everyone seems to love chicken. (animals darting, hawk crying) (trilling) (growling) But all these predators can’t stop this chicken from doing his dance. (playful music) To attract females, prairie
chickens blow up their yellow vocal sacs and create
a booming sound as they dance. (bird vocalizing) The female chickens aren’t the only ones who like these dance moves. Folks come out from all over for the Attwater Prairie Chicken
Festival in April, to witness and celebrate
these rare creatures. (bird vocalizing) Attwater Prairie Chickens only live in tall grass coastal prairie. This ecosystem once covered
over nine million acres in Texas and Louisiana,
but due to overdevelopment and unsustainable farming practices, less than 1% of that remains. (birds vocalizing) While humans have nearly driven
Attwater Prairie Chickens to extinctions, our interventions
may be their last hope. (gentle music) The birds are being bred in
captivity by the Houston Zoo and later get released into the wild. (chicks chirping) These efforts, combined with
the restoration of habitat, are the Attwater Prairie Chickens’
only chance for survival. (bird vocalizing) (owl hooting) We are now in the Lost Pines Forest, in Bastrop State Park, searching for the endangered Houston Toad. It is estimated there are under 300 adult Houston Toads left in the wild. Ahh, there’s one. Male Houston Toads are known for their beautiful song that attracts their mates. As amphibians, these toads must
start out life in the water and continue onto land as they mature. The Bastrop Forest once provided the ideal habitat for the toads, with ponds, and just the right kind
of soil and plant growth. Pine forests like this are also home to other cool types of creatures. Let’s take a look at some of
the bird species who live here: the Woodcock, Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and many different types of
owls call the forest home. This ecosystem is really special and fire plays an important
role in maintaining it. However, in 2011, a severe
drought led to a fire that burned too hot and too fast, spreading mass destruction that impacted both humans and wildlife. (energetic music) A majority of the state
park was engulfed in flames, and over a thousand houses were destroyed. As one of the last remaining
habitats for the Houston Toad, it’s not yet clear how
severe the impact was. (bird calling) Conservationists are intervening with captive breeding programs, in order to recover
the toad’s populations. (somber music)
(bird calling) Hopefully, with a little bit of time and the help of researchers
and wildlife managers, Bastrop’s pines will one day stand again and serve as a habitat for
the endangered Houston Toad and all the other great piney wood animals that call the forest home. (insects chirping) (bird vocalizing) There are less than 300 Houston Toads and possibly as few as five prairie chickens left in the wild. By studying different
animals and their habitats, we can take informed actions to give them the best chance of survival. So let’s get outside, get involved, and let’s help save our fellow Texans. (playful music)

Otis Rodgers