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Echo: An Elephant to Remember (Episode #2801)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 29, 2014 -- 9:00 PM

Echo, the elephant matriarch, was the subject of many "Nature" films and the leader of a carefully studied herd of elephants in Africa. Last year, she died of natural causes. This film is a look back at this remarkable animal through extraordinary footage and interviews with the researchers that cared for and studied this amazing herd.

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  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 30, 2014 -- 3:00 AM

Saving Otter 501 (Episode #3101H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jul 9, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

On a typical late summer day a baby sea otter washes up on the beach in Monterey, California - hungry, lost, injured. It's a tragic event, but not surprising. California sea otters are struggling. For decades marine biologist Karl Mayer and his small staff have worked unceasingly - one otter at a time - to bring this "keystone" species back from the brink of extinction so it can play its important role in the local marine environment. But the effort has stalled, and no one knows why.
This is the story of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's 501st attempt to save an orphan otter. From her discovery as a stranded newborn pup crying on the beach through her rehabilitation in secret roof tanks atop the Aquarium, we follow as Otter 501 learns how to dive, hunt, eat, and fend for herself in the wild, where survival is a long shot at best.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 14, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 14, 2014 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 12, 2014 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Jul 12, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Jul 11, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jul 10, 2014 -- 2:00 AM

The Gathering Swarms (Episode #3112H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 8, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

This program looks at some of the most extraordinary swarms on the planet, including a view from inside a locust swarm, mayflies along the Mississippi, 17-year cicadas, and brine fly hatches over Lake Victoria. Superswarms of finch-like quelea in Africa merit attempts at control through assaults on their roosts, while aggressive swarms of silver carp in North American seem able to overcome any kind of restraint. Dangerous swarms of killer bees, however, can be controlled to the point that they can be worn as a human bee suit. But beyond the power of sheer numbers, increasingly complex and organized swarms eventually give rise to swarm intelligence that allows complex decisions to be made.

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  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 9, 2014 -- 2:00 AM

Salmon: Running The Gauntlet (Episode #2812H)

KQED World: Sun, Jul 6, 2014 -- 9:00 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.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 7, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 7, 2014 -- 5:00 AM

Siberian Tiger Quest (Episode #3001H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jul 2, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

Chris Morgan has tracked large predators in some of the wildest and most remote places on Earth. He now embarks on his greatest challenge - to find and film the Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia's far eastern forests. This film features the work of Korean cameraman, Sooyong Park, who spent two years in the forest tracking and filming the world's biggest cat. Park's tracking technique was very unconventional. He dug himself into an underground pit and, incredibly, waited there for weeks at a time, hoping for a glimpse of a wild tiger. Morgan adopts the same method while he shares with us firsthand the difficulty of seeing the rare Siberian tiger.

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  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 6, 2014 -- 3:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Jul 6, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 5, 2014 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Jul 5, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Jul 4, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jul 3, 2014 -- 2:00 AM

Leave It to Beavers (Episode #3111)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 1, 2014 -- 8:00 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 Plus: Wed, Jul 2, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
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