PBS EcoSense for Living
An episode of this series airing nationwide in April features the wildlife and conservation work at our Disney Wilderness Preserve in Central Florida.
The “Wild Things Return” episode focuses on diverse habitats from the preserve to Lakota land in South Dakota, and tracks the progress of several species whose survival depends on active conservation management, including the use of prescribed fire. From Red-cockaded woodpeckers and Indigo snakes to Black-footed ferrets and prairie dogs, it provides a sneak peek behind the scenes at what it takes to resettle animals into their native habitats.
If we weren’t protected here and looking at beautiful pine trees, you’d be looking at a subdivision.
The series features thought-provoking eco-topics ranging from reconnecting kids to nature, green jobs and healthy lifestyles limiting the impacts of toxins on our home and bodies. The series aims to empower viewers with practical solutions geared toward saving money, treading lighter on the planet and improving quality of life.
If you’re a plant or an animal that has evolved in a landscape that’s been exposed to frequent fire, you will evolve modifications to adapt to it, even depend on it.
Writer/Producer Suzan Satterfield describes her experience at the preserve capturing content for the episode in this way: “As soon as we drove into the Disney Wilderness Preserve and were greeted by a flock of wood storks, I knew we were in for a special experience. Riding atop a “swamp buggy” with our Nature Conservancy scientists, we traversed from longleaf pine/wiregrass land to tannin-rich swamps to uplands. The landscape would change so abruptly, it seemed like we must've traveled miles instead of just a few yards. It was a day filled with so much fascinating knowledge - the plants, the creatures, the critical fire management of the land. The best part of my job is to walk away with such a wealth of amazing stories. The worst part of my job is to not have time to tell them all.”
PBS Releases Episode on April 17
This episode will be available to all PBS stations starting April 17, with airing on the following stations confirmed: New York - WNYE, San Francisco - KPJK and KRCB, Dallas - KERA, Atlanta - GPB, North Carolina - PBS NC, Denver - KBDI, Orlando - WUCF, Indianapolis - WFYI, Phoenix - KAET, Harrisburg - WITF, Maryland Public TV, Austin - KLRU, Portland - OPB, Tallahassee - WFSU and Syracuse - WCNY.
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