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2007 Archived Episodes

Ocean Acrobats Part One

Glide along through the sparkling blue waters of the South Pacific with the ocean's greatest performers - the Spinner dolphins. The show goes underwater where Spinners work together to eat, sleep, and keep each other safe from predators. Join scientists in Hawaii, Tahiti, and French Polynesia on a journey of a thousand bellyflops and learn how you can make a difference in the lives of these spectacular ocean acrobats. This two-part series is brought to you by veteran filmmaker and ocean activist Hardy Jones and BlueVoice.

Ocean Acrobats Part Two

In the second of the series, we are treated to rare footage of Spinner dolphins feeding at night. Though we've seen throughout the series how Spinners have used their social skills and unique physiology to survive the many challenges of ocean living, there is one predator they just can't outwit or outrun. Spinner Dolphins still face the all too common threat of finding themselves caught in a fisherman's net. Why is this happening? And what can be done?

Black Tale: The Whirling Disease Invaders

The parasite which causes Whirling Disease is one example of the increasingly difficult problems caused by exotic species around the world. Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout has seen dramatic population declines and other native species -- even otters, herons, and grizzly bear, may be at risk. The problem, caused by a parasite which came from Europe and was first introduced into the Rocky Mountains early in the 20th century, defies an easy solution. Nonetheless, researchers continue to test and apply new strategies in the hopes of restoring native populations. Produced by Kristen Glover and Stephanie Mizstal.

Terrabytes New Investigations

This "Terrabytes" episode chronicles three new and exciting scientific investigations. First join Parker Brown in the search for clues behind the increasing number of college smokers. Second, we are hot on the trail with wildlife biologists who are swapping radio collars and GPS transceivers for a more sensitive instrument: a dog's nose. Finally, in Yellowstone's Northern Range, an elusive creature calls this place home and few have what it takes to enter its lair. Join Dr. Toni Ruth in the search for the "Ghosts of the Rockies." Produced by Parker Brown, Eric Bendick, George Potter and Maria Frostic.

Ten Days to Paint The Forest, Part 1

Travel along with some of the world's foremost bird and nature artists to the incredible Chappari Reserve, among the last remaining high-altitude dry forests of South America. Previously undiscovered species come alive at the tip of a paintbrush in this rapid biological inventory of a rich and diverse part of the biosphere. Here we see art and science combined to help conserve one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Ten Days to Paint The Forest, Part 2

Part two of Ten Days to Paint the Forest continues the story of a group of artists on a mission to document the rare species of a high altitude dry forest in Peru. This beautiful place is the last of its kind in South America and with a species diversity greater than that of the Amazon Rain Forest, it deserves our attention and our action to help preserve it.

Picante! The Power of Peppers

The history of the chili pepper goes back the better part of 10,000 years. To truly understand this incredible plant, you've got to trace the twisted roots and stems through archaeology, botany, law enforcement and yes, hot. Go ahead, add some spice to your life.

A Dozen More Turns

When five skiers set off to celebrate New Year's Eve 2005 in the backcountry of Montana's Centennial Range, no one thought that the trip would take Blake Morstad's life and leave Sam Kavanagh minus a leg. Camera footage buried during the avalanche was miraculously recovered months after the accident - and out of the ashes of this tragedy came a powerful film.

A Cat Called Elvis

In Mongolia, the Kazakhi name for Snow Leopard is "Elvis." These elusive animals have come under increasing pressure in recent years as their territory shrinks and human populations increase. Mongolian nomads hunt them for their hides (which can be worth thousands of dollars on the black market) and will often kill leopards in order to keep them away from their livestock. Many films have been made about the plight of the snow leopard but this is no ordinary animal behavior flick. Meet Charles and his wife Ann who journeyed to Mongolia along with their one-year old son seeking the snow leopard on the adventure of a lifetime and in the process, discovered so much more.

The Curse of Copper

In 1997, noted Harvard ecologist E.O. Wilson wrote to a small community in the remote cloud forest region of Ecuador, urging them to continue their fight against the scourge of copper mining in perhaps the most biodiverse hotspot on Earth. Ten years later, the fight continues amid allegations of bribery, threats and coercion by the mining company. In conjunction with Earth Day, we celebrate this community-led resistance as an example of how even the smallest village can stand up against the most powerful forces of industrial exploitation.

Terrabytes "Wild Profiles"

In this Terra Bytes episode we profile two wild characters. First, Bill Cummings takes us deep into the unique world of canoe poling. More difficult than its extreme whitewater cousins, poling is not just a sport, it's a way of life. Then, local artist Jaqueline Riedel Hud invites us into her studio barn to see her very personal interpretation of Montana's wild spirit.

Ray Bandar: A Life with Skulls

Craniums hold not only brains, but a lifetime of fascination for this naturalist with an artist's eye. Reptile Ray has scoured San Francisco's beaches for four decades, collecting over 6000 skulls in his lifetime, and he's not through yet.