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Wildlife Wednesdays in September on WETA TV26

Throughout the month of September, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for fantastic wildlife programs that will excite and educate: Earthflight, Operation Maneater, and Penguins: Spy in the Huddle.

Wednesday September 3, 2014
8pm   – A Nature Special Presentation Earthflight: North America
The bird's-eye tour of six continents commences in North America with snow geese, pelicans and bald eagles flying across the Great Plains, Grand Canyon, Alaska, New York City and the Golden Gate Bridge.
9pm   – A Nature Special Presentation Earthflight: Africa
A bird's-eye tour of Africa features cape gannets arrow-diving among sharks, dolphins, whales and sardines. Other birds accompanied on their travails: fish eagles, flamingos, kelp gulls and vultures.
10pm – Operation Maneater: Polar Bear
Efforts to stop polar bear attacks in the isolated communities of Canada's Hudson Bay are detailed. Included: a team transports a captured bear by helicopter to a release site outside town; an early warning system that relies on an aerial drone; an ultra-loud speaker to scare them away; and a controversial experiment that sees meat being left for them on the tundra.

Wednesday September 10, 2014
8pm   – A Nature Special Presentation Earthflight: Europe
Cranes and geese fly over Venice, Italy; Dover in South East England; Edinburgh; and the Rock of Gibraltar. Other destinations include Rome; the Loire Valley in France; Holland; and Hungary.
10:30pm – Operation Maneater: Crocodile *UPDATED moved from 10pm to 10:30pm due to Presidential Address*
The series concludes with a visit to Namibia's Chobe River, where crocodile attacks are fairly commonplace. Included: an attempt to reduce attacks by training crocodiles to associate the sound of a bell with an electric shock.

Wednesday September 24, 2014
8pm   – A Nature Special Presentation Penguins: Spy in the Huddle "The Journey
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Emperor penguins cross a treacherous frozen sea to reach their breeding grounds. Rockhoppers brave the world’s stormiest seas only to come ashore and face a daunting 300-foot cliff, hopping most of the way up. Tropical Humboldt penguins negotiate a gauntlet of dangers to reach their desert burrow nests. The hard work for all the penguins finally pays off when their tiny, vulnerable chicks begin to hatch. The final two parts of this series “First Steps” and “Growing Up” air Wednesday October 1 and Wednesday October 8 at 8pm.

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New PBS Nature Episode | Parrot Confidential on WETA TV26

Nature: Parrot Confidential airs Wednesday November 13 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD!

With their high level of intelligence and amazing ability to communicate in any language, parrots have become one a popular pet throughout the world. Although millions of parrots share human homes, these animals have not been domesticated making life in captivity difficult. In the wild, parrots can survive for up to 80 years and by nature have a powerful need to bond. Unfortunately, the average parrot owner keeps them for only 2-4 years. With animal shelters struggling to house large numbers of unwanted birds, what happens to these animals when there's no more room? In this new PBS Nature episode, explore the difficulties of raising parrots and hear heartbreaking tales of those abandoned by their human owners. Join the most watched documentary film series on public television in examining the bittersweet relationship between parrots and humans in Parrot Confidential.

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All About Ducks | Nature: An Original DUCKumentary

How many of Earth’s creatures are at home in THREE habitats? This along with many other fascinating facts makes the duck a very rare species. Find out all about these wonderful animals that we're lucky to have in our Washington, DC backyard on Nature: An Original DUCKumentary.

Confuting a long-standing reputation of being clumsy or awkward at times, the duck is born with innate skills and abilities to survive any conditions and surroundings his feathers and webbed feet encounter; he is just as adept in air as he is in the water. With more than 120 species of ducks, each boasts a special quality distinguishing him from the rest. However, all ducks are ambidextrous athletes, surreptitiously beating out the “seemingly” stronger opponents in the animal kingdom. Nature: An Original DUCKumentary explores the fascinating creature from how they survive to the vast variety of breeds.

So get your ducks in a row, duck out of any other obligations (last duck joke), and watch Nature: An Original DUCKumentary Wednesday November 14 at 8:00pm on WETA TV or WETA HD.

Watch it again on WETA TV26: Thursday November 15 at 2:00pm;  Sunday November 18 at 2:00pm;  Tuesday November 20 at 1:00pm

Watch it again on WETA HD: Thursday November 15 at 6:00am, 9:00am, 2:00pm;  Sunday November 18 at 2:00pm;  Tuesday November 20 at 1:00pm;  Wednesday November 21 at 3:00pm

 

Check out this in depth infographic from PBS about ducks! Click on the image to enlarge.