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We couldn't stay up until 11 PM, so we'll be watching the rest of the premiere tonight. Ted and I share a love of wilderness and wildlife. We frequently watch nature programming (well, after football season that is). But if I'm honest, it's not as enjoyable as it used to be. It makes me sad to contemplate the loss of wild places and the species that make the ecosystems whole. Witnessing how much has been lost, and how much is still being lost, leaves me with a lead weight of grief in the pit of my stomach.
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That's why I'm so excited by this new series. It's giving me real hope that humans can learn to coexist with wildlife.
The story of the tree corridors that villagers are building with support from Jane Goodall, so the chimpanzees of Gombe can connect with other chimp populations, shows how a solution to habitat islands can come to fruition.
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When the people of India ban a poison that has killed 90% of the vultures there, they illustrate how research can bring species back from the brink.
And thrillingly, the people of Austin, Texas, gather to watch 1.5 million bats that they formerly wished to exterminate as the mammals swoop into the twilight on their nightly rounds, consuming 30,000 pounds of insects each night - a vivid demonstration of the power of ecology education.
The whole series will focus on a new vision for wilderness based on humans recognizing our dependence on nature. From rewilding pandas to tolerating tigers, people all over the globe - poor or rich, urban or rural, PhD's or lacking formal education - are taking actions to preserve as much of the natural world as possible.
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Hope is powerful. That's why I want to share about this new series and I hope you will enjoy watching it as much as me.
This post is part of the Thoughtless Thursday blog hop, hosted by Ruckus the Eskie.