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Celebrate the diversity of the planet’s nature and people this month with WKAR!

Portugal: Wild Land on the Edge | Nature

Cliffs on the coastline of Cabo Sardão in western Portugal.
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Cliffs on the coastline of Cabo Sardão in western Portugal.

Wed. Apr. 27 at 8 p.m. on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Discover the wildlife and landscapes of Portugal, shaped by its history as a global trading hub.

Once a great power linking the Old and New Worlds, Portugal has a history that is deeply tied to its landscapes and wildlife. A unique breed of wild horses roams Portugal’s only national park, horses small and hardy enough to have accompanied Portuguese explorers on ocean voyages around the globe.

Today, the seas off the west coast of Nazaré have become a mecca for surfers seeking the biggest waves in the world. Yet, beneath the surface, delicate seahorses cling to kelp beds, and endangered monk seals shelter in the protected bays of Portugal’s far-flung islands. On the red Mars-like landscapes of the Desertas Islands, the world’s largest wolf spider hunts lizards and sometimes, even its own kind.

But the greatest wildlife spectacle here is the migration of millions of birds that stopover on their way from Scandinavia to Africa. Black-tailed godwits, pied avocets, vultures and brightly colored flamingos rest and even stay the winter in this land at the very edge of Europe – a crossroads between north and south, land and sea.

Watch this episode at video.wkar.org during or after the premiere date.

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