Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Natural History on the Big Screen – America’s Heartland: Wild Prairie Reborn

Archived Webinar

This Zoom webinar discussion of the film "America’s Heartland: Wild Prairie Reborn" aired March 24, 2021, as part of the 2021 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Watch a recording in the player above.

Description

The National Museum of Natural History, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, and the Smithsonian Channel collaborated to offer this program, which featured a virtual film premiere of "America’s Heartland: Wild Prairie Reborn," and the Q&A discussion in the video above. Participants in the Q&A were Dr. Hila Shamon (Landscape Ecologist and Mammalogist at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Conservation Ecology Center, featured in the film); Dr. Kim Komatsu (Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center); and Dr. Bill McShea (Wildlife Ecologist at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Conservation Ecology Center). 

The discussion was moderated by Roshan Patel (filmmaker for Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute).
 
This program was offered as part of the 2021 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.

About the Film

America’s Heartland was once an endless sea of grass, where the wind blew for a thousand miles with nothing barring its way and giant herds of animals were free to roam. Today, much of the prairie is plowed over and what little grassland remains is heavily grazed by cattle. The biodiversity of temperate grasslands has plummeted along with their acreage, but now, a new project offers hope. In "America’s Heartland: Wild Prairie Reborn," we travel to the American Prairie Reserve, a piece of northern Montana that’s on track to become the largest protected ecosystem in the continental United States. The ambition is to transform this mosaic of public and private land, by restoring these grasslands to their natural state. With the help of Smithsonian scientists here and scientists in Canada, efforts are underway to bring bison, grizzly bears, swift foxes, and songbirds back to their prairie home on the Northern Great Plains.

"America’s Heartland: Wild Prairie Reborn" was produced by the Smithsonian Channel.

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Life Science