Great Yellowstone Thaw


Journey with Kirk Johnson to Yellowstone, where wolves, grizzlies, beavers and Great Gray owls survive one of the greatest seasonal changes on the planet. As the temperature swings 140 degrees, cameras capture how the animals cope through a different season in each episode.

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Wednesdays, December 13 – 27, at 10pm on ThinkTV16
Mondays, December 18 and 25 and January 1, at 10pm on ThinkTV14

Episode 1
Wednesday, December 13, at 10pm on ThinkTV16
Monday, December 18, at 10pm on ThinkTV14

Surviving winter can be tough for the wildlife of Yellowstone, and will this year’s weather favor predator or prey? Will the grizzlies that emerge early survive, and why are the wolves and Great Gray Owls in danger of starvation? Plus find out how Yellowstone’s unique geology affects the mighty bison.

Episode 2
Wednesday, December 20, at 10pm on ThinkTV16
Monday, December 25, at 10pm on ThinkTV14

Spring in Yellowstone brings new life and a break from the brutal temperatures of winter, but the dangers aren’t over. The wildlife families now face a torrent of water cascading down the mountains as the Great Thaw gets underway, and the beavers are in particular danger.

Episode 3
Wednesday, December 27, at 10pm on ThinkTV16
Monday, January 1, at 10pm on ThinkTV14

Its summer in Yellowstone and with soaring temperatures comes the risk of wildfires that could devastate the ecosystem. When a major fire breaks out in the Beartooths, a team is scrambled to see if the Great Gray Owl family has survived. And how is one particular wolf pack feeding its 11 pups?