11 February 2009
As winter finally passes and the sun climbs over the Arctic, the 4,000,000 square mile ice-sheet rapidly begins to melt, revealing an archipelago of islands, channels and seas. For the masters of the ice, the polar bears, this is a moment of jeopardy but for others like the arctic fox, beluga whales, thousands of lemmings and immense flocks of birds this is the richest place on Earth.
18 February 2009
The annual return from the Pacific Ocean of millions of salmon to the streams where they were born in North America in order to spawn and die. Grizzly bears depend for their survival on this event, too.
25 February 2009
How one lion family - the Ntudu pride - struggles to survive until the return of the great migration of wildebeest and zebra to the Serengeti in Africa.
4 March 2009
The sardine run, which takes place each winter along the South African coast. Dolphins first find the sardines and gannets, seals, sharks and whales follow for the biggest fish supper on the planet.
11 March 2009
In Africa, a great flood in the Okavango turns four thousand square miles of arid plains into a wetland. The lush grass attracts elephants, deer, zebra, buffalo and hippos come for the water.
18 March 2009
After a seemingly endless icy winter, the Arctic coast of Alaska and British Columbia, and the the northern Pacific which washes it, warm and bloom more intensely then the Amazon forest. plankton, which gets constant feeding in the deep fjords is a feast for the food chain. This starts with herring, seals and whales, which travel for months from the quiet, warm but relatively poor Hawaiian waters. Many species time births to benefit from the short, abundant feeding spray. Many build up fat reserves for the colder rest of the year.
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