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America the Beautiful: Wild Heartland

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This five-hour exposé tells the story of America's heartland, where wildlife roam across wild swaths of frontier land. It's the woods that Davy Crockett once called home in The Great Valley of Appalachia, and where Wild Bill Hickok saw his last sunset in the Badlands of South Dakota. From bears, bison and burrowing owls, to weasels, wood ducks and wild horses, episodes reveal a cast of critters making themselves at home, whether it's beneath ice sheets in the Land of Lakes, or sharing the abundant ecosystem among farmers and their tools.

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East meets Wild West in The Badlands of South Dakota; famous frontier towns, Crazy Horse, and U.S. Presidents are immortalized here, but living legends thrive just over the hills.
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People and animals in America's heartland face a life fraught with risk and danger; in order to share the abundant ecosystem with farmers and their tools, it's safest for wildlife on the fringes: in the field, above the hayloft, and under plow.
aired 146 days ago
aired 146 days ago
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The northern Land of Lakes is a lush realm of forests, but in winter, it's governed by snow and ice; timber wolves search widely with their powerful noses, while great greys, the largest owls in North America, plunge deep into the snow for a meal.
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At America's center, the Mississippi, the Missouri and the Ohio rivers combine their strength and transform into a behemoth that splits the nation; thousands of snow geese arrive with winter, and river otters hunt within breaks in the ice.
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The Great Valley was home to some of America's greatest legends; today, the critters hunted by the likes of Davy Crocket and Daniel Boone still thrive in this little-known strip of wilderness.

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