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22 Jan. 2014
Meet the Coywolf
The coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf, is a remarkable new hybrid carnivore that is taking over territories once roamed by wolves and slipping unnoticed into our cities. Its appearance is very recent - within the last 90 years - in evolutionary terms, a blip in time. Beginning in Canada but by no means ending there, the story of how it came to be is an extraordinary tale of how quickly adaptation and evolution can occur, especially when humans interfere. Tag along as scientists study this new top predator, tracking it from the wilderness of ...
 
19 Feb. 2014
Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem
From PBS - "Honey badger is bad ass." Those words and corresponding video became a YouTube sensation with 51 million hits. This is one the most fearless animals in the world, renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo, and shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions, and snakes. Our film will follow a team of researchers in South Africa who are searching for the truth behind the honey badger.
 
26 Feb. 2014
Ireland's Wild River
An exploration of Ireland's longest river, the Shannon, in all four seasons.
 
9 Apr. 2014
My Bionic Pet
From PBS - NATURE: My Bionic Pet - We've come a long way in terms of our relationships with animals. We've gone from being their owners to being their guardians and in some cases even making them part of our families. Today, we are taking the next step, as animals suffering from serious disfigurements or disabilities are being fitted with prosthetic devices. Bionic limbs, tails, and even beaks are being created for our four- and two-legged friends to improve their mobility, their overall quality of life, and their emotional wellbeing. It's a state of being they ...
 
16 Apr. 2014
Touching the Wild
A writer has a spiritual encounter with a lone mule deer and dedicates 7 years of studying them and grows in trust with them and they him. He meets a curious doe and names her RaggedyAnn and after 2 years she finally comes closer and makes a decision he is safe to approach and comes within inches of his face. He touches her and they are both changed. He comes to realize she is the leader of this large herd and not by leading by dominance but by being gentle. He is now acceoted by the herd and into the hierarchy and learns its rules. They are not tame and will run if ...
 
23 Apr. 2014
Snow Monkeys
From PBS - In the frigid valleys of Japan's Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place. Their leader is still new to the job and something of a solitary grouch. But one little monkey, innocently unaware of his own lowly social rank, reaches out to this lonely leader, forming a bond with him that manages over time to warm his less than sunny disposition. It is a rare and remarkable gesture that alters both their lives. Changing seasons bring new babies to care ...
 
14 May 2014
Leave It to Beavers
From PBS - The fascinating story of beavers in North America - their history, their near extinction, and their current comeback, as a growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and "employers" who reveal the ways in which the ...
 
21 May 2014
The Gathering Swarms
From PBS - A look at some of the planet's great gatherings, creatures that come together in inconceivable numbers - sometimes in millions, billions, and even trillions. Included are bats and bees, locust and ants, monarch butterflies in Mexico, 17-year cicada hatches, grunion in the Sea of Cortez and carp in the Mississippi River, sardine runs off the coast of South Africa, super flocks of parakeets in the Australian Outback, mayflies on the 4th of July, and even penguins and wildebeest. Some gather to breed or to migrate, some for protection, some simply to keep warm...
 
25 Jun. 2014
Fabulous Frogs
From PBS - Sir David Attenborough takes us on a journey through the weird and wonderful world of frogs, shedding new light on these charismatic, colorful and frequently bizarre little animals through first-hand stories, the latest science, and cutting-edge technology. Frogs from around the world are used to demonstrate the wide variety of frog anatomy, appearance and behavior. Their amazing adaptations and survival techniques have made them the most successful of all amphibians.
 
15 Oct. 2014
Animal Misfits
A collection of animals that differ from the normal evolutionary adaptations from the mainstream biome is presented in this fast-paced and very engaging offering. They examine in a rapid-fire manner the special niches these strange and wonderful creatures have carved out for themselves in order to survive in what would initially seem to be very unlikely ways for sometimes millions of years.
 
5 Nov. 2014
Searching for Velcro
Sloths, once largely ignored, have become a hot topic of scientific researchers. Sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers are also springing up, as development often displaces these gentle creatures. Filmed in Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia, this is a story of friendship between a journalist and the sloth she named Velcro and a network of people working to learn more about sloths in order to protect them.
 
19 Nov. 2014
Invasion of the Killer Whales
As the ice shrinks in the Arctic, polar bears are struggling to survive in a fast melting world. Although classified a marine mammal, the polar bear is not adapted to hunting in the water. And it is certainly no match for the world's greatest aquatic hunter -- the killer whale. In the last few years, scientists have noted an ever-growing number of killer whales in Arctic waters in the summer months. More and more have been attracted to these hunting grounds by the growing expanse of open water. They attack the same prey as the polar bears: seals, narwhal, belugas and ...
 

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