Wild Places | 2000
Documentary about extinction, emphasizing the realization that saving wildlife means preserving or restoring habitat. Alan Alda travels to the Great Plains to examine efforts to recreate the nearly extinct American prairie from present-day farms and ranches. In northern Oklahoma, the Nature Conservancy works to restore a 30,000-acre former ranch to a functioning prairie ecosystem. On the East Coast, Alda joins the fight to save the wild Atlantic salmon. In "Frontiers Profile," Alda visits Peter Raven, director of the Missouri Botanical Gardens, who discusses what's at stake in preserving biodiversity around the world. Alda also investigates the plights of the Mediterranean monk seal and white stork.