Nature: Season 30 (2011 - 2012)


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Air date: Oct 19, 2011

The thirtieth season premiere of Nature examines the resurgence of wildlife in the region around the Chernobyl power plant, the site of a 1986 Ukraine nuclear accident. The disaster caused radioactive contamination of the countryside and led to the creation of a no-man's-zone. Here, scientists monitoring wildlife, especially wolves, are accompanied on their studies. Included: the wildlife that lives in the ghost town of Pripyat, which was once home to 58,000 people.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2011

This program takes a look at a variety of different animal habitats, and goes into detail regarding the various ways certain creatures protect their homes from predators and extreme weather conditions.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2011

Step into the world of the monkey-eating jungle eagle, the most powerful raptor on earth.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2011

Based on a true story, this way-offbeat documentary - an episode of PBS's Nature series -- concerns Joe Hutto, a Floridian naturalist and wildlife artist who harbors a long-term desire to learn as much as possible about the "secret world" of wild turkeys. To realize this goal, he decides to have turkey poults (or chicks) "imprint" on him - a controversial process where an animal is raised by a human and begins to think of itself as a human, actually failing to recognize its own species. Unfortunately, obtaining wild turkey eggs is far more difficult than it initially seems. Joe nearly gives up, until a good samaritan leaves a bowl of 16 non-incubated eggs on his doorstep. Hutto takes advantage of the opportunity by purchasing an incubator and raising the poults himself, determined to become their surrogate mother. The film, comprised largely of reenactments, depicts Hutto's experiences with the young chicks - from his days talking with them before they hatched, to the various phases of the bond that developed between man and bird - one so strong that Hutto eventually acquired an intimate understanding of the turkeys' language and behavior. The naturalist's diary became a popular book entitled Illumination in the Flatwoods, prior to its incarnation as this television film.

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Air date: Jan 11, 2012

This documentary examines the challenges presented by the influx of kangaroos into the Australian capital of Canberra, which is a result of a population explosion among the kangaroos and a drought. Included: ecologists track 25 of the marsupials via GPS equipment, which enables them to put together a map of where and when they forage for food.

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Air date: Jan 25, 2012

A look at life for brown bears on Alaska's Admiralty Island over the course of a year in which a La Niña winter cools the water to two degrees below normal and, thus, delays the annual salmon spawning run by two months. As a result, the bears are forced to survive on a mostly grass diet, which leads them to become gaunt and desperate.

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Air date: Feb 8, 2012

Scientists from around the world discuss the evolutionary prowess of racoons, questioning whether the problems presented to the wily creatures by a fast-changing, urban environment have caused their brains to develop at an accelerated rate. In an effort to find answers, a team of researchers follows a family of urban racoons as they navigate the complexities of life in a big city.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2012

Gain new insights into the lives of whales and dolphins in this visually powerful, engaging and entertaining three-part series.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2012

Find out how clever - and how much like us - whales and dolphins might be.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2012

Visit a surprising underwater world where sound takes the place of sight.

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