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Uncover the Magic and Mystery of the Owl
Owls have long fascinated the minds and inspired the imaginations of children, from Harry
Potter’s Hedwig to Archimedes in the classic Disney film The Sword in the Stone. Their
huge, all-seeing eyes compel us to wonder what they see and what they know. But are
they really as wise as they seem? In fact, owls had to give up some valuable space in their
skulls to make room for those large eyes, and with only moderately sized brains, they aren’t
quite as enlightened as they may look.

This is but one of the hundreds of fascinating facts uncovered in Owling, a book that
takes kids aged 8–12 deep into the often hidden lives of these awesome predators.
With more than 100 stunning images from owl expert and award-winning photojournalist
Mark Wilson, Owling invites readers to take a close-up look into the habits and abilities
of these captivating raptors. Alongside cleverly explained lessons in owl anatomy,
physiology, and behavior, Wilson presents in-depth profiles of the 19 species of North
American owls, showcasing where they live, what they sound like, how to spot them,
and much more.
Owls are all around us — in the daytime and the night — and likely closer than we realize.
With sharp eyes, eager ears, and the knowledge gleaned from Owling, kids have the
opportunity to venture into this secret world where the owls are watching and waiting
for their arrival.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Wilson is an award-winning wildlife photojournalist who has written about and
photographed birds for more than 35 years. He and his wife run Eyes On Owls, an educational
program that brings live owls to schools and community groups. He lives in Dunstable,
Massachusetts.


WILD WEDNESDAYS ARE BACK ON SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL™ WITH PREDATORS ON THE PROWL IN THREE NEW SPECIALS

BABOON KING


PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18 AT 8 PM ET/PT LIONS UNLEASHED


PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 AT 8 PM ET/PT TIGER ON THE RUN


PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 AT 8 PM ET/PTNEW YORK – October 11, 2017 – In the wild, survival of the fittest is the only strategy that prevails, proving across all species who is most fit to be on top. Smithsonian Channel’s new Wild Wednesday lineup showcases the battles these animals must face to prove their dominance and protect themselves, their family and the land that they live on. Whether on the outskirts of the Ethiopian highlands or navigating through villages of India, all three predators learn how to adapt in the new environments where they are placed. Explore these incredible stories on Smithsonian Channel with the premieres of BABOON KING on Wednesday, October 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, LIONS UNLEASHED on Wednesday, November 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and TIGER ON THE RUN on Wednesday, November 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. In Ethiopia’s highlands, one male’s power is being challenged by a handsome young Turk. BABOON KING unveils the story of Braveheart, an old and tired baboon, who is battling to stay on top of his many responsibilities. The breeding season is coming and his harem is watching him closely – can he rise above the odds to fight off the bachelors and win his females’ respect in time for the breeding season? Everything is at stake for Braveheart – his authority, his mating rights and, above all, his legacy. If he doesn’t prove that he is a capable leader and protector, he will lose the throne and everything he has ever fought for. LIONS UNLEASHED reveals a new era dawning in the heart of Africa. Twenty-five years ago, a brutal civil war stripped Rwanda of its most iconic wildlife. The Rwandan people have worked hard to restore their pride and rejuvenate the land, but there’s still one piece of the puzzle missing – lions. Leaving their native home in South Africa, seven lions are being transported to Akagera National Park, covering thousands of miles to the heart of Africa, in order to revive the local lion species. To survive in this foreign land, they will have to master a barrage of challenges. For the new lions, it should be a cinch to thrive in this new habitat, but this strange new land is anything but predictable. TIGER ON THE RUN explores the life of Kumal, a young Indian tiger who is forced out of his father’s territory by a rogue male and sets out on a remarkable journey to adulthood in the wilds of central India. Time and space are running out, and to continue his legacy, he must find a territory of his own and a mate. Harassed by local villagers and hampered by his poor hunting skills, Kumal is left on the brink of starvation. He must adapt quickly to a life on his own or his very survival will be at stake. BABOON KING is produced by Julie King and Graeme Duane for Earth Touch. John Cavanagh and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel. LIONS UNLEASHED is produced by Kira Ivanoff and Graeme Duane for Earth Touch. John Cavanagh and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel. TIGER ON THE RUN is produced by Graeme Duane for Earth Touch. Joy Galane and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.
Smithsonian Channel™, owned by Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing entertainment across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel combines the storytelling prowess of SHOWTIME® with the unmatched resources and rich traditions of the Smithsonian, to create award-winning programming that shines new light on popular genres such as air and space, history, science, nature, and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are series including Aerial America, Million Dollar American Princesses, Polar Bear Town, The Weapon Hunter, The Lost Tapes, Mighty Ships, Mighty Planes and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include Building Star Trek, The Unknown Flag Raiser of Iwo Jima, MLK: The Assassination Tapes and The Day Kennedy Died. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Earth(TM), through SN Digital LLC., a new subscription video streaming service delivering spectacular original nature and wildlife content. To learn more, go to www.smithsonianchannel.com, or connect with us on Facebook, //twitter.com/@SmithsonianChan">Twitter, and Instagram.
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DIVE INTO SHARKFEST WITH BRAND NEW JAWSOME SHARK PROGRAMMING AIRING SUNDAY, JULY 23 AT 8 PM ON NAT GEO WILD
 
The No. 2 Week of Sharks Returns!
We Have Ryan Lochte!
 
Weeklong Event Begins Sunday, July 23, at 8/7c on Nat Geo WILD
 
(WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 20, 2017) SharkFest, television’s second-best-known week of sharks, returns to Nat Geo WILD on Sunday, July 23 at 8 PM ET. In addition, decorated Olympian Ryan Lochte makes a splash to help spread the word about the most sharks per square inch on television. Celebrating its fifth anniversary, SharkFest presents factual shark stories incorporating innovative research technology to reveal compelling insight on some of the most unique shark species in the world. With the help of scientists and shark experts, SharkFest will deliver the facts and raise awareness about these “jawsome” animals in more than 131 countries and 38 languages.
 
Check out SharkFest 2017’s fantastic program schedule here:
 
Shark v Predator
Premieres Sunday, July 23 8/7c
SharkFest kicks off with a look at the animals that dare to take on sharks. Seals, crocodiles, octopi, bobcats and even birds have gone head to head with these elite killers, and we’ve uncovered the footage to prove it. Watch rare moments when a shark ends up on the receiving end of an attack. It’s time for nature’s ultimate underwater showdown.
 
Tiger Shark Terror
Premieres Monday, July 24 8/7c
Every diver has been warned that sharks feed at night, but is this a myth or does the truth lurk somewhere deep beneath the waves? Professional shark diver Eli Martinez and scientist Matthew Smukall plunge into the nighttime world of Tiger Beach to investigate whether shark behavior changes once the sun goes down.
 
Mission Critical: Sharks Under Attack
Special Encore Airs Monday, July 24 10/9c
National Geographic underwater photographer and Instagram star Brian Skerry is on a mission to change the perception of our oceans’ greatest predators – sharks. After three decades capturing the world’s oceans on camera, Skerry knows sharks as kings of the oceans that keep these fragile ecosystems functioning, not as violent “Jaws”-like man-eaters.
 
Shark Swarm
Premieres Tuesday, July 25 8/7c
Across the vast oceans are underwater oases where sharks congregate in huge numbers. What is the attraction at these mysterious waypoints? Join shark scientist Riley Elliott on a unique expedition as he investigates some of the largest and most mysterious shark gatherings on the planet.
 
World’s Deadliest: Shark Frenzy!
Premieres Wednesday, July 26, 8/7c
The deep blue sea is a majestic place explored by many, but it also holds some of the world’s deadliest apex predators … sharks! These savage killers have one thing in common: the need to feed. In their quest, they use sheer force, technique and genetics to achieve their ultimate goal.
 
FULL SHARKFEST 2017 PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES ET/PT)
 
Sunday July 23
8:00 P              Shark vs. Predator (P)
9:00 P              The Whale That Ate Jaws
10:00 P            Shark Kill Zone
 
 
Monday July 24
8:00 P              Tiger Shark Terror (P)
9:00 P              Mega Hammerhead
10:00 P            Mission Critical: Sharks Under Attack
 
Tuesday July 25
8:00 P              Shark Swarm (P)
9:00 P              Shark Alley
10:00 P            Shocking Sharks
 
Wednesday July 26
8:00 P              World's Deadliest: Shark Frenzy! (P)
9:00 P              Shark vs. Predator
10:00 P            Blitzkrieg Sharks
 
Thursday July 27
8:00 P              United Sharks of America
9:00 P              Sharkatraz
10:00 P            Tiger Shark Terror
Friday July 28
8:00 P              When Sharks Attack: Florida Frenzy
9:00 P              When Sharks Attack: Gulf Coast Killers
10:00 P            When Sharks Attack: Hawaiian Terror
 
For the first time ever, National Geographic is bringing audiences to new depths with shark experiences across the company’s many interactive platforms, including a National Geographic Museum SHARK exhibit, a shark-sighting app in partnership with Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, photojournalist Brian Skerry’s book of shark photos and a shark feature in National Geographic magazine.
 
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Review Written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

Zootopia

Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Animation Studios present a PG, 3D, Animation, Action, Adventure, directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, written by Jared Bush and Phil Johnston with a theater release date of March 4, 2016.