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Outback Pelicans (Episode #2810)

KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 30, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

The Australian outback is the driest place on the driest inhabited continent on the planet. It is a place you might expect to see kangaroos but certainly not waterbirds. Yet once every 10 years, rains flood into dried-up river beds and head inland to create the largest lake in Australia, and 100,000 pelicans -- a third of all the pelicans in Australia -- arrive for the event. Leaving their homes on coasts and harbors, they come to feed on fish washed in on the floods and on billions of brine shrimp and other crustaceans which hatch and grow to adulthood in a few days in water twice as salty as the Dead Sea. The pelicans have come home to court and raise as many families as possible before the water and the food disappear once more.

The Animal House (Episode #2902H)

KQED 9: Wed, Sep 26, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

Animals build homes for reasons very similar to our own, but they've been doing it for much longer. From a small depression in the sand to an elaborate, multi-chambered tunnel - animal structures can be simple or architectural marvels. In each case, the goal is the same - protection from predators and a nearby source of food. These structures, whether a nest, a burrow or a mound, are also the site of great dramas and extraordinary behaviors. From master builders like termites and beavers, to master decorators like the bowerbird, which places colorful flowers at the entrance to its nest, "The Animal House" will be a global look at the "homelife of wildlife."

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Sep 30, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Sep 27, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Sep 27, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Thu, Sep 27, 2012 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED Channel 9: Thu, Sep 27, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Sep 27, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Channel 9: Wed, Sep 26, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

American Eagle (Episode #2603H)

KQED 9: Wed, Sep 19, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

Unique to North America, the bald eagle is the continent's most recognizable aerial predator, with a shocking white head, electric yellow beak and penetrating eyes. In the 1960s, this symbol of the United States became an emblem of environmental degradation as the pesticide DDT and other human pressures brought it to the brink of extinction. Following their protection as an endangered species, bald eagles have come roaring back. Photographed by Emmy-winning cinematographer Neil Rettig, this film focuses on the drama of the nest. Even in the best of times, it's a surprisingly tough struggle to maintain a one-ton home and raise chicks until they can hunt on their own.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Sep 23, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Sep 22, 2012 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Sep 21, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story (Episode #2806)

KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 16, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

2010 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of "Born Free", a book and then a film that forever changed the way we think about wildlife. What has happened to lions since this story? And what has happened to the people featured in the film? What has "Born Free" taught us?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 17, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Cuba: The Accidental Eden (Episode #2711H)

KQED 9: Wed, Sep 12, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

This small island's varied landscape, its location in the heart of the Caribbean and its longstanding place at the center of Cold War politics have all combined to preserve some of the richest and most unusual natural environments of the hemisphere. For decades, Cuba's wild landscapes lay untouched while its Caribbean neighbors poisoned or paved over their ecological riches. Now, Cuba's priceless treasures are about to face an onslaught. Tourism is already on the rise and most experts predict tourism will double once the U.S. trade embargo ends. What will happen to Cuba's stunning biodiversity - an island filled with amphibians, reptiles and the most biologically diverse freshwater fish in the region?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Sep 16, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Sep 16, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Sep 15, 2012 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Sep 14, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Fellowship of the Whales (Episode #2704H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 9, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

The story of the first year of a humpback whale's life as she learns the lessons of humpback life from her mother. Together, they make the long journey from her birthplace in the subtropical waters in Hawaii to summer feeding grounds in the cold seas off Alaska's southeast coast. The youngster will meet dangerous orcas and sharks, and playful dolphins and seals. She will learn to use her flippers and tail to announce herself and to communicate with other whales. By the time they return to Hawaii for the winter, she will be ready to set out on her own and find her own place in her community of whales.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 10, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Kalahari: The Flooded Desert (Episode #2103)

KQED Plus: Wed, Sep 5, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

This film views the Okavango Delta, after the rains, from the point of view of two of its predators: the crocodile and the eagle.

Kalahari: The Great Thirstland (Episode #2102)

KQED Plus: Wed, Sep 5, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

For years, the Kalahari Desert can appear to be one of the most barren wastelands on earth. But its swirling hot sands hold unseen treasure - a swarming superabundance of life, brought forth by a brief season of sudden, unpredictable storms. Butterflies, termites and locusts burst forth in staggering numbers. Millions of quelea birds swirl in the sky like smoke. Most impressive is the giant bullfrog - the size of a dinner plate with a voice to match, this amphibian waits out the dry years entombed deep underground.

Kalahari: The Flooded Desert (Episode #2103)

KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 4, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

This film views the Okavango Delta, after the rains, from the point of view of two of its predators: the crocodile and the eagle.

Kalahari: The Great Thirstland (Episode #2102)

KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 4, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

For years, the Kalahari Desert can appear to be one of the most barren wastelands on earth. But its swirling hot sands hold unseen treasure - a swarming superabundance of life, brought forth by a brief season of sudden, unpredictable storms. Butterflies, termites and locusts burst forth in staggering numbers. Millions of quelea birds swirl in the sky like smoke. Most impressive is the giant bullfrog - the size of a dinner plate with a voice to match, this amphibian waits out the dry years entombed deep underground.

Frogs: The Thin Green Line (Episode #2610)

KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 2, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

It is the greatest mass extinction since the dinosaurs. Population by population, species by species, amphibians are vanishing off the face of the Earth. Despite international alarm and scientists scrambling for answers, the steady hemorrhaging of amphibians continues like a leaky faucet that cannot be fixed or a wound that will not heal. Large-scale die-offs of frogs around the world have prompted scientists to take desperate measures to try to save those they can.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 3, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Clever Monkeys (Episode #2602H)

KQED 9: Sun, Sep 2, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Love, language, guilt, envy, generosity, secrets, lies and sophisticated society are not unique to humans. We share all those complex concepts with our relatives -- the monkeys. Monkeys around the world rely on that knowledge to adapt to the remarkable variety of environments they now call home. The program explores monkey culture, how and what monkeys teach their young and how they communicate with one another.

White Falcon, White Wolf (Episode #2601#)

KQED World: Sat, Sep 1, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

On Canada's remote Ellesmere Island, where June is spring, July is summer and August is already autumn, the race is on for two remarkable species to raise their families. The white gyr falcon is enormous, the largest and most powerful falcon in the world. Yet last summer, the nesting falcon pair here failed to raise any young. The rare Arctic wolves rely on every member of the pack to chase and bring down the prey that keeps them alive. Last year was good to them, and they raised three cubs. But for the wolves and the falcons, as well for as the snowy owls, musk oxen, lemmings, Arctic foxes and hares who share this fragile ecosystem with them, fortunes are always precarious.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Sep 2, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
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