Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thirteen’s “Nature” spends a year with a mother moose and her calf

There is a growing problem in North America affecting moose, the largest species of the deer family.Whether they make their home in the Canadian Rockies or in Minnesota, moose populations are declining at a rapid rate. One reason is that many of the newborn calves are not surviving their first year. In order to find out why, one intrepid filmmaker spends a year documenting the life of a moose calf and its mother to understand what it takes to survive.

Nature’s “Moose: Life of a Twig Eater is a first-person account by filmmaker Hugo Kitching of his year spent in Jasper National Park in the Canadian province of Alberta, a wilderness area that covers over 4,000 square miles. Arriving in late spring, he sets out to find a mother moose with a newborn calf, a challenging task as expectant mothers head to remote areas of the rugged terrain to give birth. Success comes three weeks later when Kitching spots a female calf only a few days old with her mother. His immediate goal is for the calf and cow to accept his presence so he can chronicle their life for the next 12 months. He does so by initially keeping his distance as the pair get used to him and his camera.

The program is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. Wed., Feb. 10 on PBS.

After the broadcast, the episode will be available for online streaming at

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