After two years in the field in Japan documenting the lives of a snow monkey troop, producer and cinematographer Joe Pontecorvo compiled over 700 hours of footage. In this segment, learn about the post-production process, from video and sound editing, to color correction, to music composition.
Geoffrey was born at the ARA Project, a macaw conservation group in Central Costa Rica. His mother was an ex-pet and his father was poached from the wild. When his mother abandoned her eggs, Geoffrey had to be raised in an incubator. When Geoffrey is old enough, he will be released into the wild. Until then, he is being taught all the things that he will need to know to survive as a wild macaw.
Sand martins, migrating from South Africa, feed on mayflies along the river banks of Hungary. The insects provide an abundance of food for the large populations of birds nesting near the water. In this scene from <em>EARTHFLIGHT: Europe</em>, the birds swoop and catch the mayflies with impressive accuracy.
Basil was taken from the wild as a chick in Honduras in 1987. He was shipped to a quarantine station in Florida, probably with other chicks many of whom would not have survived. It s estimated that 70% of wild-caught parrots died before ever reaching the pet store. Basil survived the odds and finally landed in Massachusetts with a happy and loving family.
Cape gannets fly off the coast of South Africa in search of the great sardine run, the biggest fish migration in the world. The birds dive into the ocean to feast as dolphins, also on the hunt, help push the sardines toward the water's surface. It doesn't take long before bronze whaler sharks and bride whales join, too.
The Shannon is Ireland s greatest geographical landmark and the longest river. It is both a barrier and highway a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. The Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes, where on little-known backwaters, Ireland s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else.
In this scene from EARTHFLIGHT: North America, a flock of brown pelicans fly over the Pacific in search of fish. Juvenile brown pelicans, born in the warm waters of Baja California, follow their elders north, as they soar above a pod of breaching humpback whales.
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
Rise over Western Europe with cranes and geese, and see where birds gather by the millions to breed.
A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists now regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and worldwide water shortages. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers can transform and revive landscapes.
Follow a troop of snow monkeys in Japan to see how they prepare to face the world.
While survival during winter is never a guarantee for wild mule deer, those who endure the harsh months always return to their range. Joe Hutto is included in a profound moment of reunion among a mule deer herd, in particular the introduction of a young deer Molly and her twin to the their extended family. Touching the Wild airs Wednesday, April 16 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings).
NATURE Thanksgiving Eve featuring My Life as a Turkey , An Original DUCKumentary and The Private Life of Deer all starts Wednesday Nov 27 at 8/7c.
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