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Alive! In America's Delta

Alive! In America's Delta is an exciting wildlife documentary series produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. The series takes viewers deep into the Mississippi River Delta and the northern Gulf of Mexico to experience one of the few remaining wild frontiers in America. LPB producers and photographers follow an elite group of scientists, conservationists and law enforcement agents fighting to protect this immense natural resource, capture unique insights from the front line and gain unprecedented access to animals in the wild. Situated at the mouth of the Mississippi River, North America's largest river basin, and the Gulf of Mexico coastal zone, this region is one of the most geographically and biologically diverse places on the planet. The Gulf of Mexico is home to more than 18,000 different species of life. Approximately forty percent of America's wetlands are located in Louisiana, supporting the largest commercial fishery in the lower 48 states. Dramatic changes in the region including devastating coastal erosion, natural and manmade disasters and man's own abuse have led to habitat destruction and threaten wildlife here. Ensuring the future of this region and the life that depends on this habitat is a monumental task. Alive! In America's Delta gives viewers a thrilling look at the painstaking efforts to protect and manage iconic species such as the whooping crane, the American alligator, the Louisiana black bear, the Gulf sturgeon, the Kemp's Ridley turtle and the bottlenose dolphin. Viewers will see first-hand how technology is used to protect wildlife and the sportsmen and women who hunt and fish responsibly. Finally, the series takes a closer look at the science and technology behind habitat conservation and wildlife management, preserving this Delta and its wild inhabitants for generations of Americans.

Alive! In America's Delta  
  • The Whooping Crane's Majestic Return
    Thursday, December 20
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Trace the landmark effort to reintroduce the whooping crane into Louisiana's wetlands. Seventy years ago these 5-foot tall stately birds were on the brink of extinction, with only 16 left in the world. Trek along with biologists and their partners and witness their painstaking efforts to reintroduce the whooping crane into Louisiana's wetlands for the first time in half a century. Follow the birds from hatchlings at a national research facility in Maryland, through the delicate dance to adapt to their new Louisiana home in a carefully constructed pen, where people in crane suits -- worn to protect the birds from human contact - oversee their historic, but fragile homecoming.
  • Black Bear Comeback
    Thursday, December 27
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    By the early 1990s, there were estimated to be fewer than 300 Louisiana black bears left in the world. More than 80% of their bottomland forest habitat had been lost, converted to agriculture and destroyed for development. Habitat fragmentation, human disturbance and over hunting decimated populations once abundant throughout Louisiana, Southern Mississippi and Eastern Texas. One of sixteen subspecies of American black bear, these shy but curious creatures were immortalized as the inspiration for the "Teddy Bear" during an infamous bear hunt in the early 1900's. Today, thanks to an aggressive, broad-based effort to reestablish this endangered animal and restore its habitat through improved land management, high-tech monitoring and public education, the Louisiana black bear is on its way to being removed from protected status. Find out why this bear has captured America's imagination and adoration for more than a century, and the lengths some will go to save them.
  • Alligator: King of the Bayou
    Thursday, January 3
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The American alligator is the largest reptile in North America and Louisiana has millions of them - from the coastal parishes to the Arkansas state line. They are so plentiful that they're hunted for their meat and hides. But for a period of time, beginning in the early 1960s, Louisiana's alligator population was in steep decline. Since then, Louisiana has instituted one of the world's most successful wildlife conservation projects to help ensure the alligator's survival. Since 1985, some 300,000 gators have multiplied to nearly 3 million today. Witness first-hand how this keystone species - and cultural icon - was brought back to viability using a combination of biological science and marketplace economics.
  • Endangered in the Gulf
    Thursday, January 10
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The shallow and deep sea habitats of the northern Gulf of Mexico are extraordinarily rich and diverse. The area yields more fin fish, shrimp and shellfish annually than the South and Mid-Atlantic, Chesapeake and New England areas combined. But some marine, mammal and bird species in this region are in danger of being lost forever. Only seven species of sea turtles exist in the entire world. Five of them rely on habitat in the Gulf of Mexico and three are close to extinction. Other Gulf marine species like the West Indian Manatee, the Gulf Sturgeon, and Sperm and Right Whales are also endangered. Find out how cutting edge technology is being used to monitor and protect these species and see just how successful these efforts can be.
  • Life on the Edge
    Thursday, January 17
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Home to one of the most ecologically diverse regions on the planet, the Mississippi River Delta in Louisiana comprises about 40% of the nation's coastal wetlands. From uplands to the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and everything in-between, including wet forests with cypress trees, freshwater marsh, brackish marsh, salt marsh and sandy beaches, it hosts an abundance of migratory and year-round wildlife and reptiles including 450 species of birds. Nearly 40% of the nation's shorebirds, raptors, songbirds and 70% of ducks move through this rich coastal delta. But many species are on the edge of extinction due to loss of habitat and changes brought on by humans. Meet a few of the many relatively unknown creatures struggling for survival. Discover how two of America's most iconic species, the American Bald Eagle and the American Alligator were rescued from the brink of extinction, and why sustainable management is essential to the future of these and countless other species.
  • Delta Guardians
    Thursday, January 24
    1:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    When you think of law enforcement, you may not automatically consider the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, but these highly trained and dedicated professionals put their lives on the line to protect both the people who live, work and play in America's delta, and the unique array of fish and wildlife that calls this region home. During times of disaster, these "swamp cops" are most often the first to the scene. They were the unsung heroes in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, rescuing thousands trapped after the storms, but the larger job they are called to do is even more daunting. Increasingly, they are utilizing new technology to police and prosecute poachers, educate people about water and firearm safety, and manage and protect seafood and wildlife populations and their habitats. Follow these protectors of America's delta deep into the swamps, forests marshes and coastal waters of Louisiana's wetlands.

 

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