Alaska’s Bears are coming to PBS’s Nature

Bears are an icon of the wild, regarded as among the most successful wild animals on the planet. Three of the eight bear species in the world – brown bears, black bears, and polar bears – can be found in Alaska. PBS’s Nature joins adventurer and bear biologist Chris Morgan on a year-long motorcycle odyssey deep into Alaska’s bear country to explore the amazing resiliency and adaptability of these majestic animals as they struggle to make a living in five dramatically diverse Alaskan ecosystems: coastal, urban, mountain, tundra, and pack ice.

Part 3 of this series – Arctic Wanderers – will follow bears on Alaska’s North Slope. This installment will feature the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska and will look at how the Reserve is one of our nation’s best-kept wild secrets. On May 22, Alaska Wilderness League, the Sierra Club, National Audubon Society, The Wilderness Society, and National Wildlife Federation will be hosting screenings and house parties across the country.

The Nature series gives us an amazing opportunity to educate your friends, family, and colleagues about the unique place in America’s Western Arctic that is home to polar and brown bears, vast herds of caribou, hundreds of thousands of migratory birds, and beluga whales. We all own our nation’s largest block of public land and all have a say in how it is managed. In 2012, the Bureau of Land Management will ask for public comments on the Western Arctic. This PBS show will allow us to educate folks to make smart decisions for the Reserve.

NATURE: Bears of the Last Frontier is a production of Pontecorvo Productions and THIRTEEN in association with Wildlife Media, National Geographic Channel and WNET New York Public Media for PBS. NATURE is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET for PBS.

Look for Screenings in Your Town!

Anchorage, AK

Tuesday, May 3
Anchorage Museum Auditorium
625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501
Directions & Map:

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Can’t make the screening?: NATURE airs on KAKM, Sundays at 7:00 p.m.

Minneapolis, MN

Sunday, May 22
St. Anthony Main Theater Screen #3
SE 115 Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Time: 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7:00 p.m. theater seating starts, 7:30 p.m. showing, wrap-up with short discussion after the premiere

Free popcorn and free parking available!

Can’t make the screening?: NATURE airs on TPT 2, Sundays at 7:00 p.m.

Cambridge, MA

Sunday, May 22
The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138
Directions & Parking:

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Can’t make the screening?: NATURE airs on WGBH, Sundays at 8:00 p.m.

Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, May 22
The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; showing at 7:30 p.m.

This event is free. Reserve your seats here:

Can’t make the screening?: NATURE airs on WHYY, Sundays at 8:00 p.m.

Fairbanks, AK

Sunday, May 22
Blue Loon
2999 Parks Highway, Fairbanks, AK 99709

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Can’t make the screening?: NATURE airs on AlaskaOne, Sundays at 7:00 p.m.

No Screening Listed in Your Town?

Please consider hosting a house party and inviting your friends to watch the show with you and learn more about the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. It’s always fun to have folks over to your house, have some good food, and watch a great show! We can provide you with materials and a DVD that will show your guests a great sense of the beauty and culture of the Reserve.