Nature’s Miracle Orphans

Growing up in the wild is hard enough on young animals when they have parents to rely on for protection and guidance, but what happens when they lose their parents? How do they survive? Over the past few years, great strides have been made in understanding how to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned wildlife. But as the documentary shows, success often comes down to the efforts of individuals at animal rescue centers around the world who devote their lives to saving these vulnerable creatures, getting them back on their feet and, hopefully, releasing them back into the wild.

Premiered September 30, 2015

The Sagebrush Sea

One of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent consists of a massive sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states in the American West.  This spartan yet spectacular landscape supports more than 170 species of hardscrabble birds and mammals, including deer, eagles, hawks, prairie dogs, cranes, songbirds, badgers and rabbits.  And among those that have adapted to survive here are birds found no place else – Greater Sage-Grouse.  These grouse lead remarkable lives mostly hidden in the sage.  But once each year, males emerge for days on end to strut and display as prospective mates for extraordinarily discriminating females, nearly all which mate with only one or two of them.  Females must then raise their chicks on their own, with little food, water or shelter to sustain them, while plenty of predators wait for their smallest mistake.  And today, they must also contend with wells and pipelines tapping the resources buried deep below.  The sagebrush and the grouse carry on, but they’re losing ground.

Premiered May 20, 2015

Animal Childhood

In every animal’s life, there comes a time when it must stand on its own two feet, so to speak, and face the world alone. For a few, this happens just moments after birth, with no life lessons from parents to help them, no time to hone their survival skills. Others have the advantage of home schooling under the watchful eye of a mentor or family member. But growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally. These are the trials and tribulations of young animals all over the world, as they prepare to leave home.

Premiered May 13, 2015