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Canada: Surviving the Wild North
Journey through Canada’s Arctic to the boreal forest and discover how animals survive in the Wild North
Canada is a vast country – it has the largest intact forest in the world, more than two million lakes and rivers, and the longest coastline on Earth. This wild and rugged outpost is also home to some of the world’s most tenacious animals such as polar bears, arctic foxes, coastal wolves, Canada lynx, Great Grey owls, and caribou.
Take a journey with Nature and travel through the high arctic and tundra to the boreal forests to discover how wildlife survives in the Wild North, where getting the timing right and seizing seasonal opportunity can be the difference between life and death.
You’ll discover how polar bears, who lose more than two pounds of fat every day during the summer, put weight back on by capitalizing on the beluga whale’s arrival in the Artic Circle each year. You’ll see sandpipers taking advantage of the mud shrimp’s mating season to feast – and how that attracts an even bigger (and faster) predator, the peregrine falcon.
You’ll also learn how the red-backed vole uses a network of tunnels to find food in the snowy winter, and the risk that brings from weasels and Great Grey owls.
Watch Nature – Canada: Surviving the Wild North on Wednesday, October 26 at 8pm on the PBS Video app or WITF TV. Stream the show on-demand for free until November 24 or get more time to watch by becoming a WITF Passport member.