Calling all Nature fans! Homeschoolers, Educators, teachers, kids, parents, and lovers of nature or lovers of beavers – it’s time to experience and appreciate the incredible lives of beavers in “Leave It To Beavers” DVD from the PBS nature series!
Disclosure: Special thanks to PBS Distribution for allowing me to review this wonderful film with my family in exchange for an honest review.
Amidst their own natural settings where wildlife thrive, this amazing documentary video about the lives of beavers is both extremely informative and very entertaining. Both my younger children (ages 3 and 7 yrs) watched the video along with me during this review. I was so impressed at how well it kept their attention, and it created questions in their minds that sparked interest and imagination and that leads to real learning. My 7 yr old was completely chatty and interactive throughout the entire video! She even got out all their little animal figures and started role playing scenes from the movie. I love to see a video encourage their imaginations and promote that kind of active play.
You literally will fall in love with beavers by watching this “Leave It To Beavers” DVD! You experience each stage of a beaver’s life, witness their breath-taking talents in engineering, and are moved by the amazing stories shared by trappers, and rehab specialists who help injured beavers recover and get introduced back into the wild. It is truly a sight to see!
I’m really not sure what my favorite part of the film was because there are just so many fascinating facts, gorgeous scenes and landscapes, adorable close-ups of both beavers and other wild life in their natural setting – plus many heart-warming stories to be enjoyed during this “Leave It To Beavers” nature video by PBS Distribution. We absolutely loved this DVD from start to finish! A must see!
My family gives this “Leave It To Beavers” DVD a 5 star rating for excellence in education and entertainment! Way to go, PBS!!
Here are a few facts from the official press release:
“NATURE: LEAVE IT TO BEAVERS”
EXPLORES NATURE’S GREATEST HYDRO-ENGINEERS
***PBS Distribution has released “NATURE: LEAVE IT TO BEAVERS” on DVD July 8. The beaver, more than any other animal, is responsible for creating fertile landscapes across North America, but it hasn’t gotten much recognition for that accomplishment until now. A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools in reversing the effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. These industrious rodents are adept at controlling water and have been doing so for thousands of years. “LEAVE IT TO BEAVERS” tells the story of beavers in North America – their history, their near extinction, and their current comeback as modern day eco-heroes.
“LEAVE IT TO BEAVERS” is currently available on DVD. The run time of this program is approximately 60 minutes. The DVD SRP is $19.99. The program will also be available for digital download.
Millions of beavers once dominated the landscapes of Europe, Asia and North America. But when it was discovered that their fur made fantastic felt hats they were trapped to near extinction for the sake of fashion. It wasn’t until hats fell out of style that the population could slowly begin to recover and re-establish itself.
Yet as beavers reclaimed their ancestral ponds, they found themselves at odds with the humans who had moved in and developed the land in their absence. They gained a reputation as pests, the source of flooded properties and ruined roads, and were trapped and hunted all over again in an attempt to stop the damage. But it was a war the beavers continued to win, until a “beaver whisperer” in Canada came up with a plan to manipulate where the beavers built. It’s a win-win solution he plans to share with others who fight a losing war with beavers.
Beavers are devoted to their work as dam builders and they are born equipped and ready for the job. Their continuously growing, self-sharpening incisors strengthened with iron are the perfect tools of the trade. Not only do they help beavers fell the hundreds of trees they need to dam a river, they also come in handy for meals because beavers are vegetarians that gnaw through bark to eat the sugary layer underneath.
Every beaver family works together to build their dams of stone, logs and mud. They erect sturdy lodges with secret entrances and exits and excavate deep channels in ponds that help retain water in arid environments. And as they work, broad meadows, rich with silt, and new ponds are created.
By the 1990s, scientists began to notice and investigate the effects beavers were having on the landscape and to document the results. A dramatic example is what happened to Nevada’s Suzie Creek, transformed by beavers from a desert to a veritable garden supporting wildlife such as sandhill cranes and mule deer.
“LEAVE IT TO BEAVERS” introduces viewers to an animal rehab expert who teaches a rescued orphan beaver the skills he’ll need to survive in the wild, and to hairdresser Sherri Tippie, the top live trapper of the species in North America, who rescues unwanted beavers in the Denver suburbs and then places them with farmers and beaver enthusiasts who eagerly provide new homes for them. Whether displaced from their pond, now part of a new housing development, or singled out for gnawing on trees at a golf course, Tippie has relocated over 1,000 beavers to date and her chief priority remains to keep families together. According to Tippie, “We’re asking so much of these animals and we’re displacing them. They’ve moved into a place where they should be and we don’t want them there. So if we’re going to mess around with them then we need to treat them as well as possible and then put them at a place where they can live out their lives.” ***
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