[Tweeters] links to PBS video series : Great Plains - America's Lingering Wild - Parts 1 & 2

Barbara Deihl barbdeihl at comcast.net
Fri Sep 6 05:38:48 PDT 2013


http://video.pbs.org/video/2365071339/ Part One - A Long Hard Struggle 56 min.

http://video.pbs.org/video/2365071347/ Part Two - We Live With the Land 56 min.

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If you have an interest in any of the following, you may want to view these videos:

migration corridors, Ducks Unlimited, Nature Conservancy, cattle/buffalo ranching, water, fire, soil, plants, endangered wildlife, geography, geology, photography, native American philosophies, conservation, restoration, historical aspects affecting this ecosystem, falconry, the Dust Bowl, beautiful landscapes, grasses, wildlife diversity, wind energy, coal-bed methane gas extraction, dams, keystone species, the plague, kids and nature, effective video background music and sounds, people making a difference, hope.

Here are some of the featured, photographed and recorded birds, mammals, and other animals that also may catch your attention :
Sandhill Crane, White Pelican, Prairie Falcon, Willet, Red-winged Blackbird, Prairie Chicken, Gyrfalcon, Pintail, Long-billed Curlew, Burrowing Owl, Short-eared Owl, Western Grebe; prairie dog, black-footed ferret, bison, sunfish, damselfly, mayfly, bobcat, cougar, coyote, Mexican free-tailed bat, turtle, deer, pronghorn antelope, human.

Or maybe some of the featured places will pull you in:
Flint Hills of Kansas, Central Flyway, tall-grass prairie land, potholes and playas of North Dakota, Ogallala Aquifer, Llano Estacada in Texas, Powder River Basin in Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Chico Basin in Colorado, Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve (Nature Conservancy) in Iowa.

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A very well-done and impressive (at least to me) historical and current account of the evolution of the wildlife, habitats and conservation ethic found in the Great Plains of N.A., as told by photographer Michael Felsberg in a straightforward, sensitive and hopeful manner. This is sort of an updated version of the "Green Means" video series that was part of the backbone of my environmental science course for a few years, back in the mid-1990's. It's good to see that there has been much learned and applied by many caring people, in order to sustain a vital and diverse ecosystem in the plains states and provinces.

Quite touching and beautiful - good to see some positive human actions and characteristics in these times of so much of the opposite...

Much food for thought, spirit and, of course, life sustenance !

I saw Part One a few days ago on KBTS (Chan. 12) and think Part Two will be aired next week (Wed. ?) - other PBS television stations will no doubt be showing this 'mini series' as well. Another fine PBS offering.


Barb Deihl

North Matthews Beach - NE Seattle

barbdeihl at comcast.net


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