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Sitka, AK

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Encounters is a weekly program exploring Alaska’s natural world. Recorded in the wild by award-winning nature writer and cultural anthropologist Richard Nelson, the 1999-2001 writer laureate of Alaska. Nelson describes what happens around him, including scientific information about the subject often mixed with Alaskan native teachings and perspectives from his own experience.

Language:

English


Episodes

Koala

2/23/2014
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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.

Duration: 00:28:59


Arctic Seals--Life on Ice

2/16/2014
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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.

Duration: 00:28:59


Sea Ice--The Hunter's Apprentice

2/2/2014
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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.

Duration: 00:29:00


Sea Ice--Walking on Water

1/19/2014
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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.

Duration: 00:29:00


Sea Otter

10/19/2012
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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.

Duration: 00:12:53


Old River

9/13/2012
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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 artifacts, connecting this seemingly empty land with an ancient human story. This is not just a wild land; it is also a homeland for the Inupiaq people who still hunt, travel, and sustain their cultural lives here. These silent stone tools bring back...

Duration: 00:12:53


Salmon in Indian River

5/8/2012
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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 is funded by the Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund.

Duration: 00:12:54


Steller's Curse

11/17/2011
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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 journey he was allowed only 10 hours to go ashore. And many of the animals that Steller described(that were later named for him) are now either threatened, endangered or extinct. He was cursed. Go with Elizabeth Arnold over to Russia during her...

Duration: 00:12:53


Brown Bears and Wildness

7/23/2011
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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.

Duration: 00:29:00


Herring Fishery

7/23/2011
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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.

Duration: 00:29:00


Wild Sounds

7/23/2011
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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.

Duration: 00:12:53


Black Bear Science

7/23/2011
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Sit on a clear blue river in autumn as the coho salmon swim up followed by black bear in Glacier Bay National Park.

Duration: 00:29:06


Black Bear Spirit

7/23/2011
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Learn about the life history of the Black Bear from the Native American tradition, knowledge that has been passed along from generation to generation as we watch black bears in Glacier Bay National Park.

Duration: 00:29:01


Bison

7/23/2011
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It moans like a cow, but you can't mistake the bison for its more domesticated cousin. Head to Delta Junction, Alaska as host Richard Nelson sits among a heard of 200 bison.

Duration: 00:28:58


Beaver

7/23/2011
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Often called nature's engineers or nature's hydrologist, the beaver is a rodent that has figured out how to manipulate its environment sometimes to the chagrin of human beings.

Duration: 00:28:59


Urban Wildlife

5/1/2011
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Many Alaskans live in Alaska because they love to see wildlife, but just how close to they like their wildlife. On this Encounters, head out with Elizabeth Arnold and local fish and wildlife officers to see just what kind of issues abound in the biggest city in Alaska.

Duration: 00:12:53


Volcano

4/18/2011
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hile she can't see Russia from her house, Elizabeth Arnold heads to one of the wildest Russian geographies in the country to get sprayed and hopefully not boiled in the Valley of the Geyers, a protected area on the Kamchatka Pennisula.

Duration: 00:11:34


Urban Birdwatching

4/8/2011
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The City parks in Anchorage have some of the most unusual wildlife in the nation. Far from urban jungles, these parks offer wonderful opportunities for birdwatching and even some charasmatic megafauna watching!

Duration: 00:12:53


Tide

1/21/2011
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The tide waits for no man.... including Encounters host Richard Nelson who gets himself into quite a dramatic spot to have a close encounter with the tide.

Duration: 00:12:53


Wind

12/24/2010
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Go high into the air with host Richard Nelson has he records WIND during a dramatic winter storm while he is clinging to a branch of a tree 60 feet off the ground.

Duration: 00:29:03

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