I heard this morning the official word that Jari Osborne’s Canadian Beaver Whisperers documentary will have its American debut on PBS Nature May 14, 2014! (It will be released under the title “Leave it to beavers” which is SO overdone.) That means in a month you can get your friends together for the very best superbowl-type viewing party of the century! It will star our good beaver friends, Glynnis Hood, Sherri Tippie and Suzanne Fouty, with beaver problem-solving by Michel LeClare of Quebec. Jari is flying to New York to appear on MetroFocus May 1st and promote the series.
Not excited yet? Just read the promo:
A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and worldwide water shortages. Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and “employers” who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.
It says these great photos by Michael Runtz (a good friend of our good friend Donna DeBreuille) can only be used for promotion but I’m pretty sure this qualifies! Watch it! Watch it! Watch it! Watch it with your children, your grandmother, your mailman. Drive up the ratings! Send letters to the station! Make PBS think they need a weekly beaver program! Don’t get up to use the bathroom during any part of it unless your in pain. Stay all the way to the very end of the credits because it’s theoretically possible that my tiny name will be there.
Here’s the viewing schedule for KQED in case your busy that night.KQED 9: Wed, May 14, 2014 — 8:00pm KQED 9: Thu, May 15, 2014 — 2:00am KQED Life: Fri, May 16, 2014 — 7:00pm KQED Life: Sat, May 17, 2014 — 1:00am KQED World: Sat, May 17, 2014 — 9:00pm KQED 9: Sun, May 18, 2014 — 10:00am KQED World: Sun, May 18, 2014 — 3:00pm KQED World: Sun, May 18, 2014 — 9:00pm KQED World: Mon, May 19, 2014 — 5:00am KQED World: Mon, May 19, 2014 — 11:00am
They haven’t released a trailer yet, but here’s the Canadian one which I adore.