Explore Natural Habitats on WLRN TV Tuesday Night at 8pm

Jun 30, 2014

From just beneath our ocean's surface to deep in the wilderness, WLRN takes you on a journey of discovery with Saving Our Reefs, Wildside - Costa Rica and Alone in the Wilderness. 

Saving Our Reefs (8:00 pm) A WLRN Original Production

Spanish hogfish at reef in FL Keys
Credit NOAA

The beauty and splendor of North America's only living coral barrier reef has attracted millions of people to the warm waters of the Florida Keys. This living coral reef system is home to thousands of species of marine life that use the corals irregular topography as an ideal place to shelter them. Unfortunately, the popularity of this underwater ‘Garden of Eden' has created a negative impact on this national treasure. Pollution, harvesting of coral, and excessive fishing have compromised this fragile ecosystem. This documentary, which aims to create awareness about the importance of protecting this delicate ecosystem, explores the state of the coral reefs today and challenges viewers to help in “Saving Our Reefs.”

Wildside with Nick Molle - Costa Rica (9:00 pm)

Credit APTV

Join nature lover and award-winning filmmaker Nick Mollé as he embarks on an entertaining and educational adventure in one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. An experienced guide leads eco-tourist Mollé through Corcovada National Park on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. Mollé’s extensive knowledge of biology, passion for preservation and sense of humor shine through as he encounters a variety of wildlife, including white-faced spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, the scarlet macaw, the American saltwater crocodile, humpback whales and many other inhabitants of Costa Rica's ecosystems.

Alone in the Wilderness (10:00 pm)

Proenneke with cabin
Credit Alaska Public Media

"Alone in the Wilderness" is the story of Dick Proenneke, an amateur naturalist who lived alone for nearly thirty years in the mountains of Alaska in a log cabin he had constructed by hand near the shore of Twin Lakes. Proenneke hunted, fished, raised and gathered his own food, and also had supplies flown in occasionally. He filmed his adventures so he could show his relatives in the lower 48 states what life was like in Alaska.