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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.

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  • Alligator: King of the Bayou
    Thursday, October 18
    6:30 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.
  • Black Bear Comeback
    Thursday, October 11
    6:30 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.
  • The Whooping Crane's Majestic Return
    Thursday, October 4
    6:30 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.