Field Notes

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Ask Us Anything!

We’re working on the next season of our conservation news series for PBS. In the meantime, we’re wondering what our viewers would like to know about the series. Use the comments to ask us anything about the series! Over the next few weeks we’ll have a series of blogs featuring our production …

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Behind the Scenes

We spoke to our production team about what happens behind the scenes of This American Land. Because this series focuses on conservation issues that impact American landscapes, waters and wildlife, filming often occurs in nature, which can be unpredictable. We asked Series Producer Marsha Walton, Managing Producer Walter Biscardi, and …

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A Look Back at Season Two

As our production team prepares for season three of THIS AMERICAN LAND, coming soon to PBS stations nationwide, we spoke with some key members of our crew–Executive Producer Gary Strieker, Series Producer Marsha Walton, Managing Producer Walter Biscardi and Series Co-Hosts Caroline Raville and Bruce Burkhardt–to look back at season …

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Deadly Algae Bloom Known as “Red Tide” Killing Hundreds of Manatees

Series Producer Marsha Walton provides a very sad update on Florida manatees.  The past few months have been excruciating for the scientists and volunteers who work with Florida’s manatees. Instead of documenting which animals have returned to their winter homes, and which moms have new babies, they are instead retrieving …

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Protecting America’s Wild and Beautiful Places

The United States now has five new national monuments! President Barack Obama used the Antiquities Act, designed to protect unique and historic landmarks, to add special protections to some stunning places from coast to coast. The sites include some areas you have seen us report on in episodes of “This …

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A Frontier Phenomenon

Series Producer Marsha Walton shares some information on the Lake County (Oregon) Resources Initiative, featured in episode 213 of This American Land. When you’ve got a hit on your hands, the rest of the world takes notice! The state of Oregon has recognized the accomplishments of LCRI, The Lake County …

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The wolverine, the largest land-dwelling species in the mustelid family, is famous for its daring and tenacity.
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Elusive Wolverines Closer to New Federal Protection

Series Producer Marsha Walton shares some information on wolverines, as seen on episode 202 of This American Land. Our season two, episode two story on wolverines introduced a lot of viewers to a scrappy, mysterious, tough-as-nails mammal that few of us will ever see in the wild.   Producer-photographer William …

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High Flying, and a High Five to the “Lab of O”

Series producer Marsha Walton takes a look at the many wonderful stories featured on the first two seasons of This American Land on birds, and exciting news from our friends at Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology.  We cover all types of outdoor activities on our show. Any guesses on the …

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Pinnacles National Park

Series Producer Marsha Walton shares some information about Pinnacles National Park in California. A few of our favorite stories on “This American Land” fall under the umbrella of “some of the most beautiful places you’ve never heard of…” We have not visited this California spot yet, but wanted to let …

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Photographer David Waters and I had terrific assignments this year covering the Gold Butte region of Nevada (episode 202) and Death Valley in California, (episode 204) looking at both areas as contenders for wilderness protection.
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Confessions From the Field

Series Producer Marsha Walton shares a look behind the scenes at some western shoots for season two of This American Land. Our day began at 5:00am for our California desert assignment. It was about 30 degrees. We hopped in a “seasoned” 4- wheel drive truck with our guide, Tom Budlong. …

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