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A one-hour public television documentary
First Place Non-Commercial Broadcast - Texas Outdoor Writers Association Excellence In Craft
Hosted by James Drury
Theme Music by Timothy Drury - Keyboard/Vocalist For The Eagles
James Drury, star of the long running 1960s TV series, "The Virginian", traveled with us to multiple locations in the U.S. during our two years in production. We accumulated a wealth of information to share, including breakthroughs in DNA research, habitat and population status, artificial propagation, and tagging and restocking programs. From the Hudson River in New York to the Columbia River Gorge in Washington to multiple other locations including Missouri, Wisconsin, Ohio, the Dakotas, Montana, and California we were able to document the life history cycle of sturgeon in North America. The documentary includes interviews with world renowned scientists, researchers, fish biologists, and conservationists from around the world. We also acquired rare underwater footage of the endangered pallid sturgeon, footage of the lake sturgeon spearing activity on the frozen Lake Winnebago, WI., and underwater spawning activity of lake sturgeon in the Wolf River.
See rare underwater footage of Gulf sturgeon, and even rarer footage of a Gulf sturgeon leaping out of the water. Former news anchor, Leslie Merrill McCombs, hosts this half-hour documentary about the life history cycle and biology of this amazing creature, their habitat requirements, the problems that threaten their future, and the conservation efforts underway to recover the species.
Lake sturgeon, pallid sturgeon, and shovelnose sturgeon are the focus of this half-hour documentary. Includes rare underwater footage of the endangered pallid sturgeon. Narration by former news anchor, Leslie Merrill McCombs.
“The Lake Sturgeon: Dinosaurs of the Great Lakes” explores the life history and biology of the Great Lakes lake sturgeon, an aquatic dinosaur struggling to survive in modern times. The plight of the lake sturgeon serves to remind us of the long term detrimental effects of overharvest, pollution, and human encroachment where there is total disregard for the resource and environment.
Zebra mussels are considered to be the most threatening of all exotic species that have invaded North American waters. They are spreading rapidly throughout the rivers of the United States, and have moved into inland lakes and reservoirs. If you haven't heard of zebra mussels by now, you will. It's just a matter of time.
Eerie tales are often told about alligator gar and vicious attacks on swimmers or mysterious disappearances of children who were dragged down river never to be seen again. Is it fact or fiction? Can alligator gar really breathe air and water? Discover the answers to these and other puzzling questions about alligator gar in this informative half-hour documentary. The facts will amaze you.
The Alligator Gar: Predator or Prey? was the first video documentary ever produced about alligator gar. The program was televised nationally on PBS through their affiliate entry station, KUHT-TV, located on the campus of the University of Houston in Texas. It debuted in prime time during the July Sweeps, and was recorded in the Nielsen ratings as the number one rated program of the evening.
Alex Cord, a talented actor of stage and screen, hosts this one-hour special documenting the biology and life history cycle of paddlefish. Mr. Cord is best known for his role in the 1980s TV series, "Air Wolf". He was nominated for a Best Actor Award by the London Critics, and has starred in 25 feature films, and over 300 television shows.
This video highlights the undercover sting operation by special agents with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Missouri Department of Conservation.
The video also features the biology and ecology of this amazing animal, and includes rare underwater footage of paddlefish in the wild. Other highlights include interviews with the experts, a c-section surgery, hatchery rearing, population and habitat assessments, snagging, and much more.
This half-hour documentary is about the biology and ecology of crayfish in U.S. waters; their role in food chains, commercial harvest for human consumption, environmental threats from water pollution and habitat destruction, and the need to protect this keystone species. See rare underwater footage of the endangered cave crayfish, Cambarus aculabrum, a crayfish species on the verge of extinction. It is found in only two places in the world - Logan Cave and Bear Hollow Cave in northwest Arkansas.
The cryptic coloring of piping plovers makes them difficult to see in their natural surroundings; clearly an advantage against predators, but a disadvantage when it comes to public interest and attention. This one hour documentary focuses on the biology of piping plovers, their habitat needs, and their plight as unwitting competitors in the race for beachfront property, river sandbars, and prairie wetlands.
Least terns are migratory shorebirds that nest on sandbars in large rivers in the U.S. As a result of regulated flows of the river for navigation and flood control, and increasing recreational use of sandbars, important nesting habitat for least terns has declined to critical levels. Least terns have been listed as an Endangered Species (ESA).
"A balanced, beautifully filmed, truly informative program, this tape is highly recommended for Great Lakes states libraries, and larger ecological/zoological collections elsewhere. — K. Glase
Three and a half stars - May-June 2001 Issue — VIDEO LIBRARIAN
"an excellent resource for cross-curriculum units and an informative alert for public library patrons." -- Irene Wood Dec ‘96 Issue - BOOKLIST
"Libraries in areas affected by zebra mussels will definitely want this video; other systems may want to seriously consider it." Recommended. (J. Carlson)
Three Star Rating - ‘96 Sept-Oct Issue - Video Librarian
"We wish to thank Earthwave Society for supporting our fund raising efforts with the donation of the very useful and informative videotape River Invaders: The Scourge Of Zebra Mussels"
Betty Learmouth, Conference Planning - Federation Of Ontario Naturalists
One Star Award winner in one of the most prestigous film & video competitions sponsored by the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) - The North American Outdoor Film & Video Awards - Conservation/Natural History category
"This video provided strong evidence supporting the relationships between these topics in an interesting and informative fashion. I would like to take this opportunity to Thank you for putting together this video. It will serve as a great instructional tool for years to come."
Paul Steinhaus - High School Biology Teacher - Sheboygan Falls, WI
"In addition to this special interest in sturgeon, I would like to use your videotape for our teaching at Guelph. We have major undergraduate and graduate programs in fish biology, and we are always looking for resource material such as this."
Professor Noakes - Director, Axelrod Institute Of Ichthyology - Guelph, ONT
"This is an excellent resource for educators teaching environmental science or biology and would also make a great Christmas gift for anglers and other fish enthusiasts."
Dr. Vadim Birstein - Dec ‘95 Issue - The Sturgeon Quarterly - New York, NY
"IGFA staff and visitors to the new IGFA World Center, opening in late 1998, will be enjoying your film about this mysterious and fascinating creature for years to come."
Gail M. Morchower - E.K. Harry Reference Library Of Fishes - FL
"Please send us a copy of your video, Sturgeon: Ancient Survivors. We will be including it in our Great Lake Superior Learning Kit."
Christa Berg - Lake Superior Center - Duluth, MN
"Rarely is a science video as artistically and beautifully produced as this introduction to crayfish."
Best Of Editors’ Choice 2000 — Jan 2001 Issue — BOOKLIST
"This informative presentation explains the importance of crayfish to the ecosystems they inhabit and why biologists are concerned with their future, and should therefore be of special interest to nature lovers, environmentalists, and fishing fans. Recommended. — J. McDaniel
July-August 2000 Issue — VIDEO LIBRARIAN
"Anyone who thinks crustaceans are boring should view this fascinating, exceptionally well crafted, beautifully videotaped introduction to the life cycle of the crayfish." — James Scholtz
July 2001 Issue - BOOKLIST
"I just received my DVD of America's Crayfish: Crawling In Troubled Waters. It is very nicely done and I think my 4th graders will really enjoy it. In the spring, we study the FOSS science unit: Structures of Life (bean sprouts and then crayfish). This is really a highlight of the year and kids do get very attached to "their" crayfish. I usually buy some Cajun Crayfish (pre-cooked) from a grocery store so they can taste them at the end of the unit. (Teachers freeze them at the end of the unit, or the custodian takes them home and eats them ;) We do have crayfish in the streams here in eastern Washington state, and sometimes kids catch them and bring them in to compare with the ones we buy from a distributor in the south. I will recommend this DVD to other teachers in the district because I think the information is really interesting for kids and easy to understand. Thank you."
Gayle Talbot., 4th Grade Teacher
2001 Excellence In Craft Competition
***Winner of Two Awards***
Outdoor Writers Association of America
Natural History Category