Snow Days with PBS Nature
We received the mentioned DVD & Blu-Ray selections in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts contained within this post are ours and may vary from the thoughts of others.
Snow days… they can be boring or insanely fun! We like to have a lot of fun on our snow days. Baking cookies, making other treats and best of all snuggling under warm blankets and watching piles of movies. Yes, the traditional DVD and Blu-Ray selections and not something constantly streaming. I love how PBS has something for every person in our house and we can all be entertained. Our boys love the children’s television while my husband and I love the Nature series.
Who doesn’t love seeing animals in their elements?
“NATURE: A SQUIRREL’S GUIDE TO SUCCESS”
The squirrel family is one of the most widespread on Earth. There are almost 300 species of squirrel, those that can glide through the air, outwit rattlesnakes, and survive the coldest temperatures of any mammal. In this new eye-opening program viewers learn about the extraordinary abilities and secrets to success of these nut lovers. Some of the species featured include: the fox squirrel which can remember the location of 9,000 nuts, the gray squirrel whose jumps are the basis for new designs in robotics, and the Arctic ground squirrel, who, to survive the frigid winters of Alaska, hibernates by dropping its heart rate, breathing and body temperature. Every two to three weeks the squirrel will shiver to warm itself. Viewers also see the world through the eyes of an orphaned red squirrel named Billy, as he grows up and develops all the skills he needs to be released back into the wild.
“NATURE: A SQUIRREL’S GUIDE TO SUCCESS” will be available on DVD (SRP $24.99) and digitally January 22, 2019. The program has a run-time of 60 minutes.
Other programs available from PBS Distribution include, “NATURE: THE ANIMAL HOUSE,” “NATURE: HONEY BADGERS,” and “NATURE: SAVING OTTER 501.”
“NATURE: DOGS IN THE LAND OF LIONS
Filmed over two-years, “DOGS IN THE LAND OF LIONS” takes viewers into the heart of an African wild dog family, led by a mother called Puzzles. When her mate, Jigsaw is suddenly killed by lions, (the wild dogs’ ultimate enemy) she is suddenly left to raise two generations of pups on her own and without the help of a pack. In this deeply intimate portrayal of motherhood, viewers witness the loyalty and selflessness that sets wild dogs apart from other large, social carnivores. Wild dogs have a willingness to sacrifice almost anything for their pack, a behavior wired into their DNA. As Puzzles’s young litter grows up, the pups provide some light-hearted moments while discovering the world around them, including new creatures, such as elephants, giraffes, and impala. Hopefully they will have the chance to encounter a hyena, their favorite form of entertainment – hounding and hazing hyenas whenever they get the chance. A year after Jigsaw’s passing, Puzzles and her young crew get a chance for revenge on the lions. Deciding to steal a fresh carcass that a few lions are feasting on, the pack stands their ground and enjoy a rare victory against their greatest enemy.
“NATURE: DOGS IN THE LAND OF LIONS” will be available on DVD (SRP $24.99) and digitally January 29, 2019. The program has a total run time of 60 minutes.
“SUPER CATS” will be available on DVD (SRP $24.99) and digitally January 8, 2019.
“SUPER CATS” also reveals the social sides…their complex communication, devoted parental care, courtship rituals, hunting patterns and more. Remote cameras and low-light technology help capture rare moments in the lives of wildcats including a swamp tiger taking a bath in the sea, never before revealed on screen.
The three episodes included in “NATURE: SUPER CATS” are: Extreme Lives, where we meet the planet’s ultimate cats, including the Cheetah, the Snow Leopard, the Canada Lynx, and the African Leopard. Using the latest scientific research, we are exposed to the inner life of these cats like never before. In episode two, Cats in Every Corner, we discover how cats thrive in almost every landscape on earth from the wetlands of Asia to the world’s oldest desert in Africa to the forest of Central America and in the secluded beaches of California. Episode three,Science and Secrets, reveals how new approaches and technologies are helping to uncover some of cats most intimate secrets including the cheetah’s remarkable gymnastic abilities and why lions are able to hunt so cooperatively.
Narrated by Oscar winning actor F. Murray Abraham, (“Amadeus”) “NATURE: SUPER CATS” unveils the various lives these creatures lead from the solitary bachelor snow leopard in the Himalayas to the elusive swamp tiger of South Asia. It follows exquisite predators such as one exceptional Californian bobcat, blind in one eye yet able to capture airborne prey.