An intimate glimpse into two of Alaska's national wildlife refuges and the brave and humble service members who take on the enormous task of keeping the balance between man and these spectacular natural resources.
On a research expedition, Bill and Dustin find themselves surrounded by Kodiak bears. Dom flies into the mountains to place tracking collars on mountain goats. John and the interns work to eradicate an invasive plant that threatens Alaska's waterways.
Chris rescues a sick eagle that's been dumpster diving at a local landfill. Laura investigates why an entire boreal forest has disappeared and transformed into grasslands in only 20 years. The Kodiak team gets up close to feeding bears.
Chris Johnson patrols Tustumena Lake and faces glacial winds in Devil's Bay; Bill, Amber, and Dustin hike deep into bear country and come dangerously close to several Kodiak bears; and Laura and Todd discover a huge dip in the snowshoe hare population.
Rob gives his K-9, Rex, a training test that could determine the fate of their partnership. Laura battles the ups and downs of a bush plane aerial survey of the Trumpeter Swan population. Amber heads to Kodiak for her first bear experience.
Rob puts his beloved K-9 partner to the test to ensure he's still up to the job, while Officer Chris tackles the start of fishing season on the Kenai. Dom works closely with moose to study how warmer temps in the refuge are impacting the iconic species.
Bill and Dustin get close to a sow and three cubs at a fish weir; Dom races daylight on a long hike deep into the Chugash to find out what happened to one of his collared goats; biology interns help band Alaska songbirds before the migration.
As fishing season begins, Rob Barto searches for missing passengers from an overturned boat on the Kenai; Bill Leacock tries to locate a beloved but elusive wild bear; and intern Laura Bashor gets hands-on experience with the infamous migrating salmon.
Continuing their research, Bill and Dustin have to recover critical bear data before a storm strands them in Kodiak bear country. On the Kenai Refuge, Chris tracks down an illegal trapper, and two young interns begin the opportunity of a lifetime.
On the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Officer Chris Johnson has to save an injured bald eagle that won't survive in the wild. Meanwhile, on the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Bill Leacock heads into the heart of bear country.