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Bohemia - A Year in the Wetlands - The Secrets of Nature

  • The Sava Floodplains - Croatias secret paradise


    Every year, in the middle of Croatia, it's the same story: after the annual snowmelt, a huge flood wave spills out of the Alps toward Zagreb and Belgrade. This leads to an increase in the River Sava's water levels of some ten meters. The contents of more than ten billion bathtubs floods an area the size of Lake Constance, often for months on end, yet still the Croatian and Serbian capital is spared a flood disaster. One of the reasons for this is the fact that the Sava is able to flow unhindered. The annual floods not only create a natural retention reservoir for flood control: alongside the Sava lies a natural paradise, unique in Central Europe. In the species-rich, alluvial flood forests of the last major meadow landscapes of the continent, enormous predatory fish like the catfish lie in wait for prey.

    The fertile floodplains of the Sava are an important resting place for more than 240 bird species, including Hoopoe, great crested Grebe, little Egret, common snipe and pied Avocet. Old, domestic livestock breeds like the Turopolje pig and Posavina horse spend almost the entire year in the floodplains. They appreciate the alluvial meadows, keep puddles and mudholes open whilst wallowing and, as living lawnmowers, they ensure that the moist meadows aren't transformed into dense oak forests. Thanks to this traditional pasture farming, more than 700 pairs of white stork alone breed in the Lonjsko Polje National Park. The Sava Floodplains allow us to glance into the past of our continent and at the same time, illustrate just how flood protection for major towns can be perfected.

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  • Wildlife in Germanys lakes


    At 117 square kilometres, the Müritz is the largest lake on German territory, but it’s far from the only one in the north east of the country.

    Even the Mecklenburg Lake District, between Waren and Feldberg, contains around 2000 lakes alone. Thanks to the Müritz National Park the species diversity is particularly high in the region: half of the German crane population breeds in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; the osprey is typical of the Müritz area; the lively Eurasian otter hunts here; and the endangered red milan circles the skies above.

    Fred Bollmann knows the national park like hardly any other. The former ranger and voluntary nature conservationist is actively involved in the preservation of ‘his’ wildlife world. Filming for this production took two years. The outcome is a unique portrait of this stunning region.

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  • Triumph and Tragedy on the Worlds Greatest Reef - The Secrets of Nature


    The spectacular Great Barrier Reef of Australia and its diverse marine life are facing a myriad of challenges. This documentary succeeds in showing both the brilliance of the Reef and its creatures and modern threats such as invasions by colonies of Crown of Thorns starfish, cyclones & human development.

  • Scottish Highlands - Nature Documentary


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  • Namaqualand Flowers - Africas Wild Wonders - The Secrets of Nature


    Spring in the desert can be a beautiful sight, but very few places on earth are as spectacular as spring in the Namaqualand. World famous for its spring flowers, home also to the elusive caracal and scrub hare this is a spectacle of an episode. Breathtaking timelapses, stunning scenics and HDR landscapes provide a feast for the eyes as this dramatic desert of Africa comes alive.

  • Miracles from the Wildside - The Secrets of Nature


    An endearing, heart-warming documentary about the special relationship between disabled people and animals, and how those creatures are able to help generate discernible improvements with both physical and emotional problems. This is an incredibly emotional film, with plenty of tears and joyous moments as over-joyed parents watch their disadvantaged children make seemingly miraculous recoveries.

    The documentary begins with a treatment known as dolphin therapy, where autistic and emotionally disadvantaged children are rewarded in therapy sessions by being allowed to swim with captive bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins display a real sensitivity to their patients, while real improvements in behaviour are witnessed with the youngsters. For instance, Svea, a delightfully cheeky 14 year old girl from Germany, has begun to walk and is making big advances with her speech after a series of sessions over 2 years at Dolphin Cove Florida. The programme goes on to show similar recoveries with other children.

    Next we watch disabled and even visually impaired people learning to mount and ride horses, an amazing sight in itself. These people are so invigorated by this experience, that they go on to compete in the world championships for the disabled, an event being staged in Belgium in the lead up to the 2004 Para Olympic Games in Athens.

    Therapy animals feature cats, guinea pigs and giant rabbits taken to HIV-infected children in downtown Los Angeles. The looks of delight are a joy to behold, as the animals open the hearts and minds of the youngsters. We also look at a giant Macaw parrot, used by a Hollywood lawyer to help cure his medical problems.

    Finally there are the wonder dogs, some trained to help and guide blind people, others known as assistance dogs, cunning canines that open fridge doors and retrieve food and drink, call emergency telephone numbers and lift their owners in and out of bed.

    Throughout the question is posed: Do the animals possess some sensitivity or depth of understanding that we cannot comprehend? Is a miracle taking place? MIRACLES FROM THE WILDSIDE shows a series of recoveries which suggests that miracles really are taking place.

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  • Lords of the Wetlands - Full Episode


    While American crocodiles are recovering in parts of their range, their future looks bleak in Jamaica. Habitat loss and poaching for meat have led to a drastic decline in the population. Dedicated scientists and conservationists are working to save the species through research, education, and conservation initiatives.

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  • The Carnic Alps - Nature’s Treasure Trove - The Secrets of Nature


    Austria's southern region boasts a mountain range that seems to consist of nothing but borders: the Carnic Alps.This is where cultures, languages and lifestyles meet, where Mother Nature provides a glimpse of the history of our planet Earth and where a soft breeze from the sea hits the cold Alpine wall. It is a place of close encounter of three languages: Slovenian, German and Italian. Apart from the geographical border position, it is the steep mountain cliffs, the narrow valleys and the diversity of these borders that have shaped people’s mentality. At a distance of approximately 60 miles from the sea, the impact on the weather is obvious. When the clouds come pushing to the North from the Adriatic Sea, they eventually hit the main ridge of the Carnic Alps, which forces them to stop for a rest and shed rain. Finally, the geological history of Mother Earth has formed its own boundaries here between the earth’s ages.

  • Weinviertel - Land of a Thousand Vineyards - The Secrets of Nature


    Italy, California and South Africa are not the only places famous for their wines. Right in the heart of Europe, Austria can also look back over a past suffused with music and wine, both of which remain inseparably linked to this day. It is the vastness of Austria’s “Weinviertel” or wine growing region that captivates visitors. No other region of Austria suggests this feeling of endless landscape quite so vividly. A soft, hilly landscape, blessed with a warm climate, that is cultivated by humans but has maintained much of its original character – a quiet landscape with a considerable history and hidden treasures. And the Weinviertel hasn’t been given its name for nothing – wine growing defines the land in all its forms and has always been the distinguishing feature for the inhabitants of this unique region.

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  • Return of the Bald Ibis - The Secrets of Nature


    Four years ago a group of zoologists ventured out to indulge into a truly crazy adventure. Their ambition: to show a flock of bald ibises, birds that have been pushed over the brink by hunting and habitat destruction and only survived in zoos, how to fly to their winter quarters on their original seasonal migration routes.

  • Ol Man River - Mighty Mississippi 1/2 - The Secrets of Nature


    Perhaps the best known river on the planet, made famous by writers like Mark Twain, by the romance of the steamboat age and by the blues music spawned along its banks, Ol' Man River still hides many secrets.In two one hour programmes resp. one 90 minutes special, this series journeys along the river from its mouth in the salt marshes of the Gulf Coast to its source deep in the northern forests near the Canadian border, searching out the creatures that call this river home. As magnificent as the wildlife and landscapes are now, they were even more amazing when the first Europeans and Americans came across this mighty river. This series recreates some of these first encounters, with dramatic re-enactments.

  • Mystery of the Fairy Circles - The Secrets of Nature


    When it rains in the Namib, a thick carpet of grass covers the sand and stony desert. But this green layer is punctuated by bare circular patches, as regular as if drawn by a compass. And there are not just one or two of them, but hundreds of thousands. Observed from the air, they could be innumerable golf bunkers - or an abstract painting: «Red dots on green background». They appear between 60 to 120 kilometres from the coast and stretch from South Africa to Angola. They are bordered by a ring of tall, thick grass, which stands out from the surrounding sparse vegetation. But where did these mysterious «fairy circles» come from? Are they caused by mineral
    compounds in the ground? Did poisonous plants or poison gas contaminate the subsoil? Are they the work of insects? Or is it the impact of meteorites that is responsible? And what crucial role do they play in the ecosystem? Three scientific teams have conflicting theories, but finally the amazing secret of the fairy circles is revealed!

  • Schladming Magic Mountains - Land of Champions - The Secrets of Nature


    Schladming in Austria is not the best known of the country's ski regions but it's one of the finest - because it keeps a low profile and makes sure the season doesn't dominate the landscape. That also means its nature is better protected than in normal mixed regions.

    Camera-ace France Hafner captures the stunning variety of a region caught between two mountain ranges made of very different rock - one porous limestone, the other rock-hard granite. The limestone Dachstein plateau, dry and mottled like the surface of a brain, lets rainwater and melting glaciers seep through, carving startling caves and descending into glossy forests whose dry brooks become raging torrents in the space of a morning. Capercaillie strut in the woods just out of cyclists' sight and male black grouse fight for females in cleared end-of-season spaces next to the ski-lifts. In their case their frantic energy is only visible when slowed down 30 times!

    Red deer, fed in pens in winter, roam the hillsides in summer, filling the valleys with their urgent groans during the heady days of the rut. Lone wolves tread the winter snows. Schladming is not yet a stopping place for them - it's a crossroads on their way north or south, east or west to other countries where they're no longer hunted.

    Marmots are the Meercats of the Alps, charming visitors to the pastures, nibbling weel-peeled carrots as they pose for photos.

    But the kings of this world are the chamois, perfectly adapted to their hazardous habitat, even lowering their heart-rate in winter to conserve energy. Fighting, courting, playing, running or resting they treat their sheer surroundings with sovereign indifference.

  • ConocoPhillips and Ducks Unlimited partner to restore coastal wetlands


    The Coastal Restoration Partnership between ConocoPhillips and Ducks Unlimited focuses on restoration of Louisiana's coastal marshes and their critical resources for waterfowl, communities and industry. For more information, visit

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  • Bohemia - A Year in the Wetlands - The Secrets of Nature


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    In Bohemia, at the very heart of Europe, south of the Golden City of Prague and guarded by medieval castles, lies a hidden mosaic of lakes and gently flowing rivers, of misty forests and mysterious peat bogs.This important wetland, shaped both by nature and centuries of influence by man, is a magnet for huge flocks of birds and home to an amazing diversity of plant and animal life. In spring there is an explosion of life as the trees are weighed down with nests of cormorants, egrets, herons and storks. With the arrival of winter the landscape becomes silent and desolate. Otters are hunting fish under the ice of frozen lakes while White-tailed Eagles soar over gaps in the ice, targeting fish and birds. Since his early childhood wildlife cinematographer Jiri Petr has spent much of his time in this wildlife paradise. Together with him, we will explore this remarkable habitat and observe the changing faces of nature during the course of one year that inspired many artists and writers alike.

  • Bohemia - A Year in the Wetlands


    2008 - 2009 | HD | 16:9 | 50min | 5.1 & stereo | German | English
    Written & Directed by Michael Schlamberger, Jiri Petr
    Camera Jiri Petr

    A ScienceVision production for ORF UNIVERSUM, in association with BR.

    This is a beautiful and gentle film which shows that even today in the heart of modern Europe there can still be space for wildlife. And also that the pond engineers of the Middle Ages were able to construct a system of irrigation for aquaculture that has not only worked for centuries, but shows that it is possible for humans and wildlife to live side by side, not only in the past but into the future as well.
    Bohemia has a long and ancient history; the name was first recorded as Boi-Heim around the first centuryBC. Then it was the home of a Celtic tribe - the Boii.

    Today Bohemia is a part of the Czech Republic and seldom visited by outsiders. It is a hidden jewel in the heart of Europe, where an ancient and virtually unchanged world is surrounded by the 21st Century.

  • Wetlands & People: A Vital Connection


    “Wetlands & People: A Vital Connection” is a short animated video, which captures the deep rootedness of wetlands in our lives, our souls and our history – and the way in which we humans increasingly pause a threat to them. By first capturing the diverse pleasures they offer to us in boating, agriculture and fishing, we are then rudely exposed to the ways we have devalued and abused them.
    Cleverly rewinding from this terrible fate, the video is taking us back through history to see just how Mediterranean coastal wetlands, this precious resource, enrich our environment and our lives.
    As we say: Life begins in Wetlands.

    From Mesopotamia through the ages of Mediterranean history, Wetlands & People captures the cultural heritage wetlands preserve. With the climate and biodiversity emergencies upon us, preserving and restoring wetlands offers us a critical element to begin to respond.

    Don’t let wetlands be wiped Off your Map!
    The animated video was produced by MedINA in the framework of the campaign for the protection of coastal wetlands “Off your map”, a joint effort of a number of environmental organisations from the Mediterranean region, funded by the MAVA Foundation and coordinated by the MedWet Initiative. MedINA is an advocate for integrated nature-culture approaches since its establishment in 2003, its director being a Ramsar advisor for culture and wetlands for more than two decades.

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  • The Log - a look at wetland wildlife.


    Importance of wetlands as valuable wildlife habitat. This vid a series of trailcam clips showing the variety of Nova Scotia wildlife that frequent wetlands.

  • Wetlands in ZIEMEĻU MIRES nature reserve


    LIFE 13 NAT/LV/000578 Conservation and management of Priority wetland habitats in Latvia.
    Aim of the project - implemenation of wetland conservation and management actions to secure that maintenance of protected habitats of EU importance in Latvia.

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  • Wetland Basics


    Wetland Basics (Pt 1 of 2)

  • The Best Documentary Ever - Australia the Beautiful Episode 1: Deserts and Wetlands


    Experience all of Australia's dramatic contrasts: from ancient, misty forests to canyons that conceal secrets from the age of dinosaurs; from pristine lakes to .

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    Eden Televisions Deserts and Life series. This episode looks at life on the Australian Outback. Narrated by k Strong I do not own, nor do I or intend to profit .

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  • Wetland Wonderland


  • The Wetlands Institute


    Climate change…sea level rise…loss of biodiversity…coastal resilience…wetland loss….these are all large-scale and complex issues facing coastal and wetland ecosystems. The issues themselves can be overwhelming, and their implications too much to grasp or address for some, but these issues can no longer be ignored.

    The Wetlands Institute, a non-profit organization situated on 6,000 acres of wetlands outside of Stone Harbor, NJ, has become a nucleus for addressing these crucial conservation issues. Situated in an area of global significance for migratory birds and horseshoe crabs, and with a natural laboratory spanning thousands of acres of unbroken wetlands, The Wetlands Institute is an educator and problem solver of these complex issues.

    This video describes the crucial work done by The Wetlands Institute scientists and educators.

  • Islands of Europe National Geographic Documentary HD 2017


    Europe's Wild Islands [National Geographic Documentary HD 2017]

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  • The mission to restore an Australian wetland - BBC News


    Walker Swamp had been artificially drained and farmed for 150 years, but it is now welcoming new life once more, after a huge restoration project.

    Its revival is one message of hope amid so much grim environmental news, ecologists tell the BBC.

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  • Urban Wetlands Make CIties Liveable


    Urban wetlands are essential and contribute to making cities liveable. They help with flood control, acts as a filter for domestic and industrial waste. The also contribute to improving water quality and are green spaces in cities which helps to promote human wellbeing.

  • An Inside Look: Marsh Birds and Healthy Wetlands


    Experts from the Audubon Connecticut and Audubon New York team discuss healthy wetland ecosystems and why they're critical for resident and migratory bird species. Learn the secrets behind secretive marsh birds and other wetlands wildlife and how our on-the-ground work improves water quality and restores their habitat.

  • Wetlands: Keeping our planet alive and well


    The new Ramsar convention's movie tells a story about the importance of wetlands for human beings and issues that these most precious resources are facing. The Ramsar Convention helps people to work together and manage these vital ecosystems.

  • What is a wetland?


    Wetlands are a vital part of Ohio's ecosystem, providing different benefits to citizens and Ohio wildlife. Director Nally asks Agency expert Ric Queen to explain the characteristics of wetlands and why they're so important to preserve.


  • Blue Crane Treatment Wetlands HD


    Blue Crane Treatment Wetland system description.

    Blue Crane Treatment Wetlands design, build and maintain wastewater systems through the use of constructed wetland water treatment facilities.

    Over the past 15 years Blue Crane Treatment Wetlands have developed a keen understanding of the design, maintenance, applications and capabilities of constructed wetland water treatment facilities. These wetlands are commonly referred to as reedbeds

  • Animals on the Wetlands of the Nile | BBC Earth


    A remarkable insight of the animals inhabiting the wetlands of the Nile from the famous BBC series. Visit for all the latest animal news and wildlife videos and watch more high quality videos on the new BBC Earth YouTube channel here:

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  • Viennas Water - The Secrets of Nature


    The city of Vienna is world famous for its position on the River Danube. Every day Vienna’s residents consume around 370,000 cubic metres of water, which is not uncommon for a city of over a million people. However the fact that not a single drop comes from the great river is amazing.

  • Restoring Southern Californias Wetlands


    An appreciation for southern California's coastal wetlands and the vital role they play in maintaining a healthy environment and balanced ecosystem.

    Presented by Susan and Dan Gottlieb. Directed, filmed and edited by Erik Friedl. Music by Nathanael Barbey.

  • Types of Wetlands | Swamp-Marsh-Bog-Fen |


    Wetlands are ecosystems found on Earth that are covered with water for most of the year.
    In this video, I cover the difference between a swamp which has trees and a marsh that mainly has grass and reeds.
    I also cover a bog that receives on rain or snow and fen that has a water source feeding it.

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  • Life in Our Wetlands: Coastal Classroom 3rd grade lesson


  • Wetlands Documentary


    The impact phragmites are having on East Coast wetlands, marshes and cattails.

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  • The Wondrous Wetlands Of Florida


    Alligators, Bobcats, and other wildlife are among the highlights of this short video. Flmed in the Florida Everglades,Green Cay Wetlands, Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, and the Wakodahatchee Wetlands.

  • New Wetland Life Appeal 2019


    Wetlands are disappearing fast. If these habitats aren’t carefully looked after,
    some of our best loved species will fail to breed successfully. With your support we can
    protect vulnerable new wetland life across our reserves today.

  • The Wild Wetlands Part 1


    A film documenting the wildlife of the Axe Estuary Wetlands through the course of a year. Filmed by Mark Sharman, Produced Scripted and Narrated by James Chubb.

  • Wetland Functions & Values: Chapter 4 Land Use


    The last chapter of a 4-chapter video developed for Connecticut's municipal inland wetlands agencies. This chapter discusses the importance of watershed management and provides an overview of projects that have enhanced or restored the functions and values of wetlands and watercourses, including forestry best management practices and low impact development techniques.

  • Wetlands 101 - Full Video


    Wetlands Specialist Lisette Ross explains how wetlands in an urban setting and the benefits they bring to our communities and to mother nature as a whole.

  • What is a wetland?


    David Demmer, Cook County Planning and Zoning, explains the basic defining elements and purpose of wetlands.

  • Wetlands By the City


    Wetlands by the City

  • Wetland Documentary


    Made for London showcasing course.

  • Accelerating Adaptation through Building with Nature in Asia at the CAS


    Organisers: Wetlands International in collaboration with the Indonesian ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, EcoShape, One Architecture and the Global Center on Adaptation

    Millions of people in cities and villages along Asia’s coasts and rivers are vulnerable to storms, floods, droughts, and rising sea levels. By drawing on ecological knowledge of coastal and riverine systems and learning to ‘build with nature’, rather than against it, we can transform this vulnerability into resilience.

    This event will present ‘Accelerating Adaptation through Building with Nature in Asia’, an initiative which aims to mainstream nature-based solutions into water infrastructure in Asia. By restoring ecosystems in combination with engineering strategies, we can improve the resilience of landscapes and accelerate adaptation.

    The initiative is driven by Indonesia, Philippines, India, Malaysia and China, led by Wetlands International and the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries with EcoShape, One Architecture and the Global Center on Adaptation. It contributes to the GCA’s Water Action Track.

    Government agencies, knowledge institutes, NGOs, development banks and the private sector are key contributors. By working together in multiple countries with multiple disciplines we can boost the adoption of Building with Nature. We invite you to help to shape the initiative!

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  • The Role of Wetlands in Watersheds- Discovery Farms Webinar Series


    Tracy Hames and Erin O'Brien, Wisconsin Wetlands Association

  • Wetlands Tour


    Cascadia students enrolled in Wetland Ecology (ENVS 220) give visitors a tour of the college's 58-acre wetlands, which serves as a hands-on classroom.



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