Nature

Spy in the Wild | A Nature Miniseries

Feb 27, 2017
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Courtesy of Stephen J. Downer/© John Downer Productions / PBS

Wed. March 1 at 8pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Go behind the scenes with our filmmakers for what goes into making films on “spies” in the wild!

Alien bird risk from pet trade

Jan 14, 2017
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Dr. Stuart Gage photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

A retired Michigan State University professor takes us into the woods to listen to what nature has to say. He’s organizing an international conference at MSU this week on ecoacoustics. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has a report.


The Story of Cats | Nature

Oct 31, 2016
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Courtesy of Anwar Mamon/©Plimsoll Productions / PBS

Wed. Nov. 2 at 8pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Join NATURE in this epic two-part event as we journey across the globe, tracking down the origins of these diverse creatures!

Kirtland's Warbler photo
Dan Kennedy / Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources

The Kirtland’s Warbler is an icon of northern Michigan.  With a brilliant yellow breast and distinctive song, the bird makes its home in young jack pine trees.  Once on the verge of extinction, a long-running conservation program is helping to restore the Kirtland’s Warbler population. Current State’s Kevin Lavery takes us up north in search of this endangered yet beloved bird.


Poweshiek Skipperling photo
Dave Cuthrell / MSU Extension

A rare butterfly that once thrived on the Great Plains is fighting for its survival in Michigan. Current State’s Kevin Lavery braves the backcountry in search of the Poweshiek Skipperling.


MI officials respond to plans for moose study

Jun 14, 2016
Moose photo
Ray Dumas / flickr creative commons

Michigan’s moose population is on the decline. That’s prompting the federal government to consider extending the animal additional protections under the Endangered Species Act. We talk with Drew Youngedyke of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs and Dan Kennedy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.


Kayaking MI author explores midwest streams and nearby ballparks

Jun 8, 2016

Michigan author Doc Fletcher has kayaked thousands of miles on rivers across the midwest and written eight books about the experiences. A 2015 book included his enthusiasm for another pastime. We talk with the Northville resident about “Paddling and Pastimes: 6 Midwest Cities, the Rivers that Made Them, The Baseball Teams that Entertained Them.”


Nature: Animal Reunions

Mar 28, 2016
Courtesy of Tigress Productions / PBS

Wed. Mar. 30 at 8pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Get caught up in the emotion as keepers and carers reunite with the wild animals they raised.

Jenny Mensch photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

The arrival of snow means it's time for winter activities like snowshoeing. Current State's April Van Buren slipped snowshoes on for the first time at Fenner Nature Center.


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