migration

EARTH’S NATURAL WONDERS – LIFE AT THE EXTREMES
Surviving with Animals

 

Learn why wildlife holds the key to survival for the people who live in some of the world’s most extraordinary natural wonders, such as northern Australia, northern Siberia and Vanuatu.

 

 

FAMILY INGREDIENTS
California – Smoked Fish

 

Jack Johnson, the singer-songwriter, surfer and ocean activist from O‘ahu’s North Shore, reveals the influence his father had on him and shares those memories on a road trip along the California coast. Enjoy the music, smoked fish and tales about early surfer migration to Hawai‘i.

 

 

NATURE
Soul of the Elephant

 

Ironically, every dead elephant with its ivory intact is a reason to celebrate. It means an elephant died of natural causes, not bullets, snares or poison, and a soul was allowed to be celebrated and mourned by its herd. Award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas. This film, shot over two years, is an intimate look at elephants through the lens of two great storytellers of natural history.

 

NATURE’S GREAT RACE
Zebra

 

Traverse the wilderness as scientific teams utilize new technology to track animals on epic journeys, as they overcome obstacles and face predators.

 

Zebra
Witness the perilous journey of thousands of zebras who face lions, hunting dogs, drought and starvation as they brave a brutal Botswana wilderness and undertake Africa’s longest land migration to the rich grasslands of Nxai Pan National Park.

 

NATURE’S GREAT RACE
Caribou

 

Traverse the wilderness as scientific teams utilize new technology to track animals on epic journeys, as they overcome obstacles and face predators.

 

Caribou
Join 100,000 caribou who face hungry bears and wolves, deadly frozen rivers and rugged mountains as they undertake the world’s longest land migration: 3,000 miles through the frozen Arctic wilderness of Canada and Alaska.

 


NATURE’S GREAT RACE
Elephants

 

Traverse the wilderness as scientific teams utilize new technology to track animals on epic journeys, as they overcome obstacles and face predators.

 

Elephants
Follow the annual gathering of a thousand elephants in northern Kenya Magnificent bulls and vulnerable orphans both face deadly threats from predators and poachers.

 

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I
Giving a Damn

 

Many Hawai‘i residents are familiar with the story behind the Micronesian migration. Seventy years ago, two nuclear bombs were dropped on Bikini Atoll, setting off 12 years of detonation in the Marshall Islands. Later, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was reported to have referred to the displacement of Micronesians this way: “There are only 90,000 of them out there. Who gives a damn?”

 

Today it’s estimated Micronesians represent about 2% of Hawai‘i’s population. Despite what most people think to be the truth, they are not living off the public dole. They pay taxes and struggle with health, employment, housing – and most of all, assimilation. Many are homeless and would like to return to their island home. But now there’s a new environmental tragedy that threatens the Marshall Islands. Has the migration of Micronesians only just begun? And this time, who will give a damn?

 

For additional reference on this discussion:

 

We Are Oceaniahttp://www.weareoceania.org

 

Compact of Free Association Community Advocacy Networkhttps://www.facebook.com/cofacan

 

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NATURE
Great Zebra Exodus

 

When thunderclouds begin to gather over Botswana’s Kalahari Desert each year, 20,000 zebras get itchy feet. As the first fat raindrops hit the dust, southern Africa’s biggest animal migration gets underway. In a never-ending quest for grass and water, the striped herds undertake an annual epic trek across the vast lunar landscape of the Kalahari’s Makgadikgadi Pans.

 

FIRST PEOPLES
Europe

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Air date: Wed., July 8, 9:00 pm

 

See how the mixing of prehistoric human genes led the way for our species to survive
and thrive around the globe. Archaeology, genetics and anthropology cast new light on
200,000 years of history, detailing how early humans became dominant.

 

Europe
When Homo sapiens turned up in prehistoric Europe, they ran into the Neanderthals.
The two types of human were similar enough to interbreed – and they were just as
capable of making artifacts. But as more Homo sapiens moved into Europe, there was
an explosion of art and symbolic thought. The balance of power had shifted and
Neanderthals were overwhelmed.

 

FIRST PEOPLES
Asia/Australia

 

See how the mixing of prehistoric human genes led the way for our species to survive and thrive around the globe. Archaeology, genetics and anthropology cast new light on 200,000 years of history, detailing how early humans became dominant.

 

Asia
Discover the ancient humans living across Asia when Homo sapiens arrived. Our ancestors mated with them and their genes found a home within our DNA. More than that, they’ve helped us face down extinction.

 

Australia
When humans arrived in Australia, they were, for the first time, truly alone, surrounded by wildly different flora and fauna. How did they survive and populate a continent? There is a close cultural and genetic link between early Australians and modern-day Aborigines; here the ancient and modern stories intersect as nowhere else. The secret to this continuity is diversity. Intuitively, early Australians found the right balance between being separate and connected.

 

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