As a child of the 70s, I grew up watching Marlin Perkins on "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" every Sunday afternoon. Some episodes were a bit frightening, all were fascinating. And I guess that series laid the groundwork for my ongoing love of nature documentaries. We watch lots of them - animals, plants, natural phenomena - they make for great family entertainment mixed with learning, all contributing to an appreciation for the diversity found in our world and the importance of protecting natural ecosystems.
Over the holidays Boo and I were hanging out with friends and they introduced us to a nature channel we hadn't encountered before - Oasis. It was on a free preview and they'd been watching it obsessively for days. Naturally, we've added it to our playlist at home (it's still on free preview by the way). Oasis very recently changed their name to Love Nature, which I think is the perfect name to sum up to focus of this channel's shows.
Love Nature is a commercial-free, family-friendly channel featuring original and exclusive programming from around the world. Love baby animals? Check out "Zoo Juniors," a show about the life of the babies at the Berlin Zoo. For some local Toronto flavour, there's "City Wildlife Rescue," based on the work of the Toronto Wildlife Centre. You can find a channel guide for Love Nature, along with show descriptions and schedules at http://tv.lovenature.com/. Meanwhile, please enjoy these clips to get a feel for what the channel has to offer:
Disclosure: This post has been brought to you by Blue Ant Media's Love Nature. Regardless, all opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.