The Himalayan mountain system is the planet’s highest and home to the world’s tallest peaks. NATURE explores the diversity of wildlife and habitats of this mountain chain starring the mysterious snow leopard.
Its name stirs images of the savage, the untamable. Legend paints it as a solitary, blood-thirsty killer that roams the icy heart of the frozen north, taking down prey as large as moose, crushing bones to powder with its powerful jaws. But there is another image of the wolverine that is just beginning to emerge, one that is far more complex than its reputation suggests. This film takes viewers into the secretive world of the largest and least-known member of the weasel family to reveal who this dynamic little devil truly is. Hard-wired to endure an environment of scarcity, the wolverine is one of the most efficient and resourceful carnivores on Earth.
Watch Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 7pm.
Part of the massive Tongass National Forest, Admiralty Island in southeast Alaska supports the largest concentration of bears anywhere in the world. Sustained by a wealth of salmon streams, isolated and protected by their environment, some 1,700 Alaskan brown bears are part of a unique circle of life that has played out here for centuries. Beginning in August, millions of salmon — pink and chum, coho and sockeye — return to the island to spawn, providing a feast for the bears, eagles, orcas, sea lions and even the trees. As long as the salmon continue to arrive, all is well. But this year, the salmon fail to arrive for the first time, and the bears get a bitter taste of what the future may hold.
Nature: Fortress of the Bears
Watch Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 7pm.
The November 17 episode of Imagine KC will feature members of the region’s Creating Sustainable Places coordinating committee in a roundtable discussion about how sustainable development practices help to create a healthier, more efficient local economy. The conversation will provide concrete examples of how planning for the region’s future by focusing on vibrant centers, connected corridors and natural resources conservation will benefit the economy by:
- Saving money on local government infrastructure costs and household energy costs
- Providing greater access to jobs, housing, services, education and workforce development opportunities
- Sparking reinvestment along corridors and in historic centers to support retail and business opportunities that provide jobs and greater access to services
- Promoting more efficient use of greenspace and valuable natural resources
- Spurring innovation that expands the workforce development system and connects isolated communities to jobs in high-growth sectors
Roundtable participants will also share unique perspectives and experiences related to the critical role that sustainable development plays in the future of our region’s economic health.