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Animal Homes: Animal Cities (Episode #3210)

KQED 9: Wed, Apr 22, 2015 -- 8:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sat, Apr 25, 2015 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Apr 23, 2015 -- 2:00 AM

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

KQED 9: Wed, Apr 15, 2015 -- 8:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Apr 21, 2015 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Apr 20, 2015 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Apr 20, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Apr 20, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 19, 2015 -- 2:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Apr 19, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Apr 18, 2015 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Apr 16, 2015 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Apr 16, 2015 -- 2:00 AM

Animal Homes: The Nest (Episode #3208H)

KQED World: Sat, Apr 11, 2015 -- 9:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Apr 14, 2015 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Apr 13, 2015 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Apr 13, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Apr 13, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 12, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

Salmon: Running The Gauntlet (Episode #2812H)

KQED Life: Fri, Apr 10, 2015 -- 7:00 PM

This film investigates the parallel stories of collapsing Pacific salmon populations and how biologists and engineers have become instruments in audacious experiments to replicate every stage of the fish's life cycle. Each of our desperate efforts to save salmon has involved replacing their natural cycle of reproduction and death with a radically manipulated life history: Our once great runs of salmon are now conceived in laboratories, raised in tanks, driven in trucks, and farmed in pens. Here we go beyond the ongoing debate over how to save an endangered species. In its exposure of a wildly creative, hopelessly complex, and stunningly expensive approach to managing salmon, the film reveals one of the most ambitious plans ever conceived for taking the reins of the planet.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Apr 11, 2015 -- 1:00 AM

Animal Homes: The Nest (Episode #3208H)

KQED 9: Wed, Apr 8, 2015 -- 8:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Apr 14, 2015 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Apr 13, 2015 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Apr 13, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Apr 13, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 12, 2015 -- 2:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Apr 9, 2015 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Apr 9, 2015 -- 2:00 AM

Bears of the Last Frontier: City of Bears (Episode #2813H)

KQED Life: Mon, Apr 6, 2015 -- 7:00 PM

In this 3-part mini-series, adventurer and bear biologist Chris Morgan takes us on a motorcycle odyssey deep into the wilds of Alaska. Over a punishing 2000 mile journey, Chris explores the amazing resiliency and adaptability of bears through five dramatic Alaskan ecosystems - coastal, urban, mountain, tundra and pack ice. Living among these wild creatures for more than a year, Morgan immerses himself completely in their world, and reveals to us an astonishingly intimate portrait of North America's three bear species - black bears, grizzly bears and the might polar bear.

Part 1: City of Bears - Chris Morgan sets up camp at a remote spot in the heart of Alaskan wilderness, alongside the largest concentration of grizzlies in the world. It is June in the Alaska Peninsula. The sun sets well into night and bears are taking advantage of the long days to feed, mate, and raise new cubs. Morgan tracks their progress as they feast on the riches of the season and re-establish the complex hierarchal social dynamics of bear society. Along the way, he experiences close encounters with bears, observing brutal battles among males during mating season as well as tender moments between a grizzly mom and her cubs.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Apr 7, 2015 -- 1:00 AM

Animal Misfits (Episode #3201)

KQED World: Mon, Apr 6, 2015 -- 5:00 AM

Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature's misfits, odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive. "Animal Misfits" reveals some surprising details about how evolution really works, demonstrating that all animals are remarkably well-adapted to their chosen way of life.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Apr 6, 2015 -- 11:00 AM

Ireland's Wild River (Episode #3107H)

KQED 9: Sun, Apr 5, 2015 -- 10:00 AM

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. On its journey south, 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. For a year, wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson lives on the river -- camping on its banks, exploring its countless tributaries in a traditional canoe, following the river from dawn to dusk through the four seasons, on a quest to film the natural history of the Shannon as it has never been seen or heard or experienced before.

Shark Mountain (Episode #2202H)

KQED 9: Wed, Apr 1, 2015 -- 1:30 PM

Underwater filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall have spent 25 years diving and documenting the most remote and beautiful underwater locations, always learning something new about the fantastic creatures that live there. Yet even these remote places and creatures are at risk in today's world, and being able to share their experiences with the rest of us is increasingly important to the Halls, and to us. They take us along on the dive of a lifetime, to a tiny outpost 300 miles off the coast of Central American - Shark Mountain.

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