Trace the landmark effort to reintroduce the whooping crane into Louisiana's wetlands. Seventy years ago these 5-foot tall stately birds were on the brink of extinction, with only 16 left in the world. Trek along with biologists and their partners and witness their painstaking efforts to reintroduce the whooping crane into Louisiana's wetlands for the first time in half a century. Follow the birds from hatchlings at a national research facility in Maryland, through the delicate dance to adapt to... [see more] their new Louisiana home in a carefully constructed pen, where people in crane suits -- worn to protect the birds from human contact - oversee their historic, but fragile homecoming.
Alive! In America's Delta is an exciting wildlife documentary series produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. The series takes viewers deep into the Mississippi River Delta and the northern Gulf of Mexico to experience one of the few remaining wild frontiers in America. LPB producers and photographers follow an elite group of scientists, conservationists and law enforcement agents fighting to protect this immense natural resource, capture unique insights from the front line and gain unprecedented access to animals in the wild. Situated at the mouth of the Mississippi River, North America's largest river basin, and the Gulf of Mexico coastal zone, this region is one of the most geographically and biologically diverse places on the planet. The Gulf of Mexico is home to more than 18,000 different species of life. Approximately forty percent of America's wetlands are located in Louisiana, supporting the largest commercial fishery in the lower 48 states. Dramatic changes in the region including devastating coastal erosion, natural and manmade disasters and man's own abuse have led to habitat destruction and threaten wildlife here. Ensuring the future of this region and the life that depends on this habitat is a monumental task. Alive! In America's Delta gives viewers a thrilling look at the painstaking efforts to protect and manage iconic species such as the whooping crane, the American alligator, the Louisiana black bear, the Gulf sturgeon, the Kemp's Ridley turtle and the bottlenose dolphin. Viewers will see first-hand how technology is used to protect wildlife and the sportsmen and women who hunt and fish responsibly. Finally, the series takes a closer look at the science and technology behind habitat conservation and wildlife management, preserving this Delta and its wild inhabitants for generations of Americans.