Host Richard Nelson is hanging out with an animal that is as symbolic of the land down ‘unda as the kangaroo. Unbelievably cute, fuzzy, tassel-eared and so much more—the koala.
Arctic Seals--Life on Ice
Join host Richard Nelson on the Arctic sea ice, where he's keeping company with an animal that is exquisitely adapted to life on and under the ice—a ringed seal. Learn about the fascinating lives of the ringed seal and other arctic seals.
Sea Ice--The Hunter's Apprentice
On this very special Encounters episode, recorded on the sea ice off the Arctic coast of Alaska, you'll hear stories of Richard Nelson's experiences with Inupiaq Eskimo hunters and the complex and dangerous environment they've brilliantly mastered.
Sea Ice--Walking on Water
Join host Richard Nelson in one of the most extraordinary, most challenging, and most dangerous environments in the world…the sea ice. An ecological marvel, the sea ice is a world unto itself, and one that is undergoing profound and rapid changes.
Ricketts and Calvin
Put on your rubber boots and join host Lisa Busch, as she explores a tide pool along a rocky beach in Sitka, Alaska. And while you’re there, learn about the lives of marine biologists Jack Calvin and Ed Ricketts and how their book Between Pacific...
One of the most popular of the Encounter’s Down Under Series shows finds host Richard Nelson keeping close company with the 4th most venomous snake in the world, an Australian Tiger snake, along a small pond in southeastern Australia.
Salmon: The Miracle
Celebrate Alaska’s wild salmon with a rare Encounters program—host Richard Nelson indoors! “Salmon: The Miracle” is a live recording of Richard’s Sitka WhaleFest talk given to a standing-room-only crowd in November.
Keep company with Richard Nelson and a crowd of basking harbor seals on a tiny bedrock islet off the Alaska coast. These remarkable animals are like emissaries from the ocean world—graceful, alluring, and brilliantly adapted to life underwater. This...
Who’s the cutest marine mammal? Hands down, it’s the sea otter! Join host Richard Nelson off the outer coast of Alaska as he drifts with a flotilla of sea otters. This program is funded by the North Pacific Research Board.
Land the big one—a bright red sockeye salmon—with host Richard Nelson as he practices subsistence fishing on a salmon stream in Southeast Alaska. The definitive example of a truly renewable resource, sockeye salmon spend part of their lives in...
If you crave wildness on a massive scale, come for a journey along the Utukok River, in the far northwest corner of arctic Alaska. On a ridge overlooking the sprawls of green summer tundra, host Richard Nelson stumbles across a cache of stone...
Surrounded by Caribou
Crouch in a narrow ravine in Northwestern Alaska with host Richard Nelson, surrounded by a great rushing river of tens of thousands of caribou. Brilliantly designed for their northern world, caribou have dense warm fur, phenomenal endurance, a genius...
Come along with Richard Nelson for a dawn walk on an Australian ranch where both cattle and wildlife abound. We’ll spot a sugar glider returning from a night in the treetops, hear the sunrise chorus of kookaburras, magpies, butcherbirds, and...
Most of us rarely give a thought to these fascinating creatures, but from a practical standpoint they're the most important animals in our lives. Even if we swear off meat and dairy, products from cows are everywhere around us and they're a major...
Salmon in Indian River
Join Richard Nelson as he paddles his kayak at the mouth of Indian River that runs through Sitka, Alaska. Listen about the amazing life cycle of the salmon as you watch the fish round the end of their lives as they begin to swim up river. This program...
The reknowned naturalist Georg Steller had a rocky road to fame. He was an amazing naturalist for his time, describing many plants and animals on the famous 1733 Vitus Bering voyage from Russia to Alaska. When he arrived in Alaska, after a 10 year...
Brown Bears and Wildness
Get a close listen to some of the biggest grizzly bears on earth in Katmai National Park where you get a feel for the importance of wildness.
he world's biggest herring fishery takes place in Sitka, Alaska. It's a sign of Spring when the million dollar fishery takes off in Sitka Sound.
The silence of solitude in the natural world, is often far from quiet. Being outdoors often means one is lucky enough to hear the sounds of the wild. Yet many natural sounds may soon be extinct. Richard Nelson shares his appreciation of wild sounds.
Black Bear Science
Sit on a clear blue river in autumn as the coho salmon swim up followed by black bear in Glacier Bay National Park.
- Sitka, AK