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Parrot Confidential (Episode #3103H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jun 29, 2016 -- 9:00 PM

Meet Lou. Abandoned in a foreclosed home, Lou is one of thousands of parrots in need of rescue. From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a loveable, quirky cast of parrots reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans. Their outrageous intelligence and uncanny ability to communicate in any language has made parrots one of the world's most popular pets. But unlike dogs and cats, parrots have not been domesticated. Hard wired for the wild, their ear-shattering squawks and unpredictable behavior are designed for the rain forest, not the suburbs. Add a lifespan of 50 plus years to their intense need to bond and a life in captivity often ends in disaster. With shelters and sanctuaries bursting at the seams, too many birds like Lou have no place to go.

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  • KQED 9: Thu, Jun 30, 2016 -- 3:00 AM

Animal Homes: Animal Cities (Episode #3210)

KQED World: Mon, Jun 27, 2016 -- 5:00 AM

For some animals, living in the midst of huge colonies of their own kind is the most secure and rewarding housing arrangement. Icelandic puffins form nesting colonies of more than a million, providing shared information about food sources and reducing the odds of attacks on individual birds. But colonies are useful for predators, too. Social spiders in Ecuador work together to capture prey 20 times the size an individual might subdue on its own. For others, communal living provides multi-generational care-giving options or the opportunity to build enormous cities like the acre-wide multi-million-citizen colonies built by leaf cutter ants in Costa Rica, or Australia's Great Barrier Reef, built entirely by tiny corals.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Jun 27, 2016 -- 11:00 AM

Leave It to Beavers (Episode #3111)

KQED 9: Sat, Jun 25, 2016 -- 7:00 AM

A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and "employers" who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.

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  • KQED Life: Sat, Jun 25, 2016 -- 7:00 AM

Nature's Guide to Animal Homes: Location, Location, Location (Episode #3209)

KQED World: Mon, Jun 20, 2016 -- 1:00 AM

Finding a good base of operations is key to successfully raising a family. One must find the right stream or tree, the right building materials, neighbors and sometimes tenants. In the wild, every home is a unique DIY project, every head of household a designer and engineer. Cameras chart the building plans and progress of beavers, tortoises, hummingbirds and woodrats, examining layouts and cross sections, evaluating the technical specs of their structures, documenting their problem-solving skills. Animal architecture provides insights into animal consciousness, creativity and innovation.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Jun 20, 2016 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jun 20, 2016 -- 5:00 AM

Leave It to Beavers (Episode #3111)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jun 19, 2016 -- 6:00 PM

A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and "employers" who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.

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  • KQED Life: Sat, Jun 25, 2016 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Mon, Jun 20, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Nature's Miracle Orphans: Wild Lessons (Episode #3302H)

KQED World: Sun, Jun 19, 2016 -- 3:00 PM

Watch two-toed baby sloth Pelota learn to be independent in Costa Rica, while in Australia, young kangaroo Harry must be taught to socialize with his mates. Baby fruit bat Bugsy needs special help when his mother can't provide milk.

Nature's Miracle Orphans: Second Chances (Episode #3301H)

KQED World: Sun, Jun 19, 2016 -- 2:00 PM

Watch rescue center caregivers help wild baby orphans get back on their feet. In Australia, a teddy bear comforts baby koala Danny, and tiny wallaby Neil receives preemie care. In Costa Rica, baby three-toed sloth Newbie battles pneumonia.

Nature's Miracle Orphans: Wild Lessons (Episode #3302H)

KQED 9: Thu, Jun 16, 2016 -- 3:00 AM

Watch two-toed baby sloth Pelota learn to be independent in Costa Rica, while in Australia, young kangaroo Harry must be taught to socialize with his mates. Baby fruit bat Bugsy needs special help when his mother can't provide milk.

Nature's Miracle Orphans: Second Chances (Episode #3301H)

KQED 9: Thu, Jun 16, 2016 -- 2:00 AM

Watch rescue center caregivers help wild baby orphans get back on their feet. In Australia, a teddy bear comforts baby koala Danny, and tiny wallaby Neil receives preemie care. In Costa Rica, baby three-toed sloth Newbie battles pneumonia.

Nature's Miracle Orphans: Wild Lessons (Episode #3302H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jun 15, 2016 -- 9:00 PM

Watch two-toed baby sloth Pelota learn to be independent in Costa Rica, while in Australia, young kangaroo Harry must be taught to socialize with his mates. Baby fruit bat Bugsy needs special help when his mother can't provide milk.

Nature's Miracle Orphans: Second Chances (Episode #3301H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jun 15, 2016 -- 8:00 PM

Watch rescue center caregivers help wild baby orphans get back on their feet. In Australia, a teddy bear comforts baby koala Danny, and tiny wallaby Neil receives preemie care. In Costa Rica, baby three-toed sloth Newbie battles pneumonia.

Animal Homes: The Nest (Episode #3208)

KQED World: Mon, Jun 13, 2016 -- 5:00 AM

Bird nests come in all shapes and sizes, crafted from a diversity of materials, including fur, grasses, leaves, mosses, sticks and twigs, bones, wool, mud and spider silk. Quite a few contain man-made materials - twine, bits of wire, even plastic bags. Each is a work of art, built with just a beak! All over the world, birds in the wild arrive at diverse nesting grounds to collect, compete for, reject, steal and begin to build with carefully selected materials, crafting homes for the task of protecting their eggs and raising their young.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Jun 13, 2016 -- 11:00 AM

Leave It to Beavers (Episode #3111)

KQED 9: Sat, Jun 11, 2016 -- 2:00 PM

A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and "employers" who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.

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  • KQED Life: Sat, Jun 25, 2016 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Mon, Jun 20, 2016 -- 12:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Jun 13, 2016 -- 12:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Mon, Jun 13, 2016 -- 12:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Sun, Jun 12, 2016 -- 6:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Jun 12, 2016 -- 6:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Jun 11, 2016 -- 2:00 PM

Animal Childhood (Episode #3212)

KQED World: Mon, Jun 6, 2016 -- 5:00 AM

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.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Jun 6, 2016 -- 11:00 AM

Invasion of the Giant Pythons (Episode #2708H)

KQED World: Sun, Jun 5, 2016 -- 2:00 PM

Florida's Everglades National Park is one of the last great wildlife refuges in the United States, home to numerous unique and endangered mammals, trees, plants, birds and turtles, as well as half a million alligators. However, the Everglades is also the dumping ground for many animal invaders over 15 species of parrot, 75 kinds of fish and 30 different reptiles from places as far away as Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. All of the intruders found their way into the park either by accidental escape from pet owners or intentional releases by people no longer wishing to care for an exotic species. Add to the mix tens of thousands of giant pythons, snakes that can grow to 20 feet and weigh nearly 300 pounds, some released into the wild by irresponsible pet owners, some escapees from almost 200 wildlife facilities destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The predatory pythons slithered into this protected wilderness and thrived, and the refuge has consequently become less of a haven and more of a killing ground every day since then.

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