Decoding the Driftless

  • Fred Vigeant
Watch Decoding the Driftless Wednesday, June 16 at 10pm on WITF. You can stream WITF TV live on our website and through the PBS Video app on Roku, Apple TV and iPhone and Android smartphones.


Decoding the Driftless is an unusually fun and adventurous science- documentary film, about an exceptionally rare, scenic, and fascinating landscape, hiding right in the middle of North America. Buckle-up for a wild ride of science- adventure, above, on, and within the amazing Driftless Region of North America, with Emmy- winning filmmakers George Howe, Tim Jacobson, Rob Nelson, and Director Jonas Stenstrom of Untamed Science.

You’ll soar high over rugged bluffs, skim the surface of primordial rivers, venture deep underground to mysterious secret worlds, marvel at ancient archeological treasures, and hang perilously over massive rock cliffs with endangered peregrine falcons, all while learning the fascinating story of how this landscape came to be. Viewers travel back in time over 500 million years to discover the early geological foundations of the Driftless Region, and then travel forward, learning key geological process that formed the region.

Film hosts and top area scientists search for clues and answers afield and share their knowledge of the unique landscape features, rare archeology, diverse habitats, and vast array of wildlife. The film is specifically designed to promote outdoor recreation, instill a “sense of place” in Driftless Area residents, and inspire the conservation of natural and archeological resources.

Enjoy Decoding the Driftless Wednesday, June 16 at 10pm on WITF.

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