Wild Chronicles, with Boyd Matson (2005) National Geographic

Episode 102: Megaflyover, Humpback Whales, Jaguars and more

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Episode Number: 102

From above, explorer Mike Fay documents the highs and lows of Africa’s environment in his “Megaflyover.” Jaguars make a surprising return to the American Southwest. In the Pacific, humpback whales blow bubbles to satisfy their hankering for herring. Hosted by Boyd Matson.


News from Nature

Think big. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay, the man behind the famed Megatransect, is wrapping up his 60,000-mile Megaflyover. Fay spent months crisscrossing Africa in a Cessna on an unprecedented mission to measure human impact on the continent. Wild Chronicles takes viewers on his alternately heartening and devastating journey, into an awesome world of vanishing beasts and burgeoning

human development.


Crittercam® plunges into the deep waters of Chatham Strait where Alaska’s humpback whales perform one of the most breathtaking displays of cooperative feeding in nature. With a hankering for herring, the whales blow “bubblenets” to help herd their prey towards the surface. Using a tiny camera outfitted with a myriad of sensors, Crittercam® reveals a whale’s-eye view of hunting techniques and mealtime secrets.

Adventure and Exploration

Forty years since they’ve been seen with any regularity in the United States, jaguars have recently been spotted crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. This is good news to conservationists working to create a permanent home in the feline’s native range - a corridor that stretches from Mexico to Argentina. But the task is not as simple as setting land aside. While camera traps and satellite tags gather crucial population data, sensitive political battles are waged with private landowners and governments. The truth is, aiding predators is a hard sell. Follow one man’s attempts to save the largest cat in the Americas, and discover what scientists are hoping will allow jaguars, and the people that share their land, to thrive.

Stories from the Wild

Wild Chronicles wraps up in Japan where a heated war between honeybees and giant hornets is being fought to the death. Armed by evolution, which species can ensure its own survival?

Documentary Description

For more than 30 years, National Geographic's Boyd Matson has traveled the globe, reporting on nature, exploration, science, and adventure from the heights of Mount Everest to the frigid waters of Antarctica. As the host of Wild Chronicles, Matson connects viewers to the pulse of the planet, reporting on those who are exploring the Earth, solving its scientific mysteries, and advocating for its protection. Go Wild and follow Matson as he roams the globe—and offers a rare in-depth look at the state of our natural world.

About Boyd Matson

As a leading on-air journalist for National Geographic, Boyd Matson has the enviable job of traveling to exotic locations and joining thrilling expeditions. He has traveled to all seven continents, participated in high-adrenaline adventures, and witnessed amazing natural history and anthropology events. He has rappelled into sinkholes, run multi-day endurance races through the desert, and been bitten by more snakes than he cares to count.

Going above and beyond the call of journalistic duty to satisfy his own powerful curiosity about the world and bring a unique personal perspective to his stories, Matson's Wild Chronicles connects viewers to the pulse of the planet. In addition to creating Wild Chronicles, Matson also hosts the radio program National Geographic Weekend, writes a monthly travel column for National Geographic Traveler magazine, and serves as a spokesperson for the National Geographic Society.

Previously, Matson served as the longtime host of the award-winning series National Geographic Explorer. Before coming to National Geographic, he held several prominent posts in the field of television: co-anchor of ABC's World News Now, host of The Real Story on CNBC, correspondent for Real Life With Jane Pauley, co-anchor and weekly correspondent for USA Today on TV, original co-anchor of NBC's Sunday Today, and senior correspondent for Today on NBC.

Matson lives with his wife in McLean, Virginia. They have two children.

Source: http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/wild-chronicles


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