National Geographic WILD’s Wild Mississippi

by Rebecca on February 9, 2012

in Animal Videos,Pet Talk

Three-Part Miniseries Wild Mississippi Premieres Sunday February 12, 2012 at 8pm

The filming of this miniseries is breathtaking. The arial views of the landscape as well as the close-ups of the water and animal life along the Mississippi kept me enthralled. The background music both soothes and excites as you marvel at the Mississipi’s capacity to nurture and destroy. As well as focusing on the beautiful scenery, the miniseries highlights how different animals from the glorious bald eagle to the adorable squirrels and otters manage to survive. The episodes kept me rapt as I awwed over the baby animals’ antics and sighed over the death of others.



Wild Mississippi: Deep Freeze

Sunday, February 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Nat Geo WILD travels to the starting point of the mighty Mississippi River — Lake Itasca in Minnesota, where the 2,350-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico begins.  Harsh cannot begin to describe the winter in this region, where temperatures reach 33° below zero.  Survival strategies are as numerous as the creatures that live here, such as beavers, bobcats and gray wolves.  We’ll capture migrating bald eagles as they prepare for the bitter cold and watch a pack of wolves hunt for deer and porcupine, beavers feverishly work to make dens, and the vole, a creature similar to a mouse, create tunnels beneath the snow to scavenge for food.  It is truly a test of survival of the fittest in this freezing cold wilderness.

Wild Mississippi: Raging Waters

Sunday, February 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

It’s been no ordinary winter.  The Mississippi River reached extreme low temperatures, causing an unprecedented deep freeze.  Now, spring is in bloom, with all the snow and ice from across the watershed melting, triggering a massive flood of biblical proportions.  We’ll see how the inhabitants adjust and fight to survive.  In the north, the floodwaters bring a new quest for life.  Carnivores use high waters to find meals, while a pair of bald eagles patrol the skies snagging small prey flushed out of the riverside.  Coyotes also reap the rewards of the flood by preying on rodents and other small evacuees.  Spring not only brings a new hunt for food, but babies also begin to make their debut, including wood ducklings that endure a 30-foot jump to find sanctuary in the high tide.  Life is beginning to come back along the river as the weather heats up and brings a fresh start.


Wild Mississippi: Delta Blues

Sunday, February 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Our romance with the Mississippi River heats up as we head south.  The river joins with an even more flooded Ohio River to form a union of destruction that challenges man and wildlife.  The water rises at a rate of two inches every hour.  Those creatures that can flee, do as fast as they can.  Trying to make a last-minute dash to safety, some wild hogs can’t make it out.  Wide waters force turtles to look beyond their normal sandy nesting grounds for places to lay their eggs, which become vulnerable to predators.  Pelicans flock to the swarming fish and work together to round up dinner.  And, by night, bats swoop in to collect moths, using their tails like a catcher’s mitt to scoop up their prey.  Not only animals, but people are also forced from their homes as the Mississippi River expands to more than 25 miles wide.  The beautiful and dangerous Mississippi River is both a life giver and a life taker.


Wild Mississippi is produced by Red Rock Films for National Geographic Channels.  For Red Rock Films, executive producer is Brian Armstrong.  For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Jenny Apostol, and executive in charge of production is Geoff Daniels.


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