America the Beautiful Episode 102 - "Brave New World"
Across North America, a growing band of wildlife heroes are fighting to preserve our most iconic animals and wildest places. Whether the battle is to rewild the northern prairies, save our rarest big cat or restore an underwater forest, these champions are everyday people of all ages and from all walks of life, sharing one thing in common: They care enough to make a difference.
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A diver holds one of the many sea urchins removed from Monterey Bay by volunteers. This species has proliferated in recent years, decimating kelp forests which are essential to the wildlife of these shores. (National Geographic/Connor Gallagher)
A bison waiting to be released into its new home. Large herds have not been seen in this part of Montana roaming free for over 150 years. Their reintroduction is a significant moment for the Chippewa Cree tribe who live here. (National Geographic/Andrew Thompson)
Bernadette Dementieff, a tribal member of the Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal Government and a council member for the Arctic Refuge Defense Council, is fighting to preserve the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge-Coastal Plain, The Porcupine Caribou Herd and the Gwich’in way of life. (National Geographic/Andrew Thompson)
Cowboys herd their cattle through marshland. This is an old Floridian tradition but ranchers also help protect pristine swamplands from being lost to urban development. (National Geographic/Austin Ferguson)
Large carnivore biologist Rae Wynn-Grant hopes to reconnect the american prairie through wildlife corridors, allowing native species to return and thrive in their natural habitats. (National Geographic/Andrew Thompson)