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On Location in Argentina with Nature PBS


Erik’s brown bear clip makes national news

Watch this never-before-seen footage captured by Explore’s camera operators as two brown bear cubs go over Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park. The sow is quick to go after her cubs and defend them from a prowling bear below.

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Rochnerfilms’ “Last Best Place” takes 1st Place in Sierra Trading Post video contest

Adventure Video Contest Winner

Last month we teamed up with Sierra Trading Post to bring you an Adventure Video Contest. Users were invited to create outdoor adventure Movies with #SierraTradingPost in the title for the opportunity to win great prizes including GoPro cameras, Sierra Trading Post eGift Cards, and free Magisto upgrades. We received tons of amazing submissions, all of which can be viewed in our contest album, but after careful deliberation we narrowed the submissions down to three grand prize winners and we’re excited to share their Movies with you!

These three Movies were selected by a panel of judges at Sierra Trading post from a pool of the 50 most-liked submissions. All 50 finalists received free one-year Magisto upgrades. The three grand prize winners also take home GoPro cameras and Sierra Trading Post gift cards. Congratulations to all the winners!

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Erik works with National Geographic on Colorado River Delta series


The Colorado River Delta once boasted a million acres of lush cattail marshes and riverside forests of cottonwoods and willows. But today, due to dams and diversions upstream, the river rarely flows through its delta anymore, and only ten percent of that verdant landscape remains.Colorado River delta series

But now, with the recent signing of a bi-national agreement to give some flow back to the delta, along with two decades of hard work by scientists, conservation organizations, and local communities, the groundwork has been laid for a comeback.

Invasive salt cedar is being removed and native cottonwoods and willows planted in their place. A treatment plant for Mexicali’s wastewater now includes an adjacent 250-acre wetland that further treats the water and provides crucial habitat for birds and wildlife. Irrigation improvements are conserving water. And local farmers are voluntarily selling their water rights to the recently created Colorado River Delta Water Trust, which then returns that water to the delta environment.

The surprising formation some thirty years ago of La Ciénega de Santa Clara– the “accidental wetland” – from the release of farm drainage into the dry delta revealed a startling fact: just add water and life returns.

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Successful Crowdsourced funding by Rochnerfilms

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Yellowstone Wolf: Project Citizen Science has reached and exceeded its fundraising goal by more than double thanks to the crowdsourcing film created by Rochnerfilms.

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