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Throughout April, PBS SoCaL will air programming that explores

the earth, nature and environment.

            COSTA MESA, Calif.(April 2, 2014) – PBS SoCaL, PBS for greater Los Angeles, will celebrate Environmental Awareness Month with new themed programming throughout the month of April. In celebration of Earth Day on Monday, April 22, Southern California viewers can enjoy an array of educational programs about the environment.

            Throughout the month, PBS SoCaL will present reminders to encourage viewers to make a commitment to conserve and recycle every day. And, PBS KIDS will celebrate Earth Day with new, outdoor-themed episodes from Arthur between April 21st-25th at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., as well as Wild Kratts weekdays at 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on PBS SoCaL.

            April will also launch a primetime line-up of nature, science and technology programs beginning April 9. At 8 p.m., NATURE will premiere new episodes that highlight animal prosthetics, Japanese snow monkeys and wild mule deer. At 9 p.m., NOVA, will premiere the three-part series “Inside Animal Minds,” which explores breakthroughs in the revolutionary science of animal cognition, and explore “The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies” on April 30th. At 10 p.m., the premiere of the new three-part series, YOUR INNER FISH, will discover how the human body became the complicated, quirky and amazing machine it is today. And, “American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire” will also feature the battle for a living planet in this exploration of the environmental movement on Wednesday, April 22 at 9 p.m. during Environmental Awareness Month, and the following:

Wednesday, April 2, 8 p.m. Nature: White Falcon, White Wolf

The enormous falcons and Arctic wolves raise their families on Canada's remote Ellesmere Island.

Wednesday, April 2, 9 p.m. – Nova: Wild Predator Invasion – PREMIERE

Follow scientists who are returning apex predators, those who have few or no predators of their own, to their natural environments and why.

Wednesday, April 9, 8 p.m. Nature: My Bionic Pet – PREMIERE

Meet inspiring disabled animals and remarkable individuals who help them persevere and thrive. Roofus, a Los Angeles golden retriever, and his two foster moms are also featured.

Wednesday, April 9, 9 p.m. Nova: Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius – PREMIERE

Meet a cockatoo with a talent for picking locks; a wild crow on a mission to solve an eight-step puzzle; and a tame raven who can solve a puzzle box so quickly that his performance has to be captured with high-speed photography.

Wednesday, April 9, 10 p.m. Your Inner Fish – PREMIERE

See how the genetic legacy of a fish can be seen today in our own DNA.

Wednesday, April 16, 7 p.m. Rebels with a Cause – PREMIERE

Conservationists who fight to protect and preserve open spaces near urban areas are highlighted.

Wednesday, April 16, 8 p.m. Nature: Touching the Wild – PREMIERE

Join Joe Hutto as he crosses the species divide and becomes part of a wild mule deer family.

Wednesday, April 16, 9 p.m. Nova: Inside Animal Minds: Dogs and Super Senses – PREMIERE

From a dog that seems to use smell to tell time to a dolphin that can “see” with its ears, discover how animals use their senses in ways we humans can barely imagine. But it’s not just the senses that are remarkable — it’s the brains that process them.

Wednesday, April 16, 10 p.m. Your Inner Fish: Your Inner Reptile – PREMIERE

Learn which parts of our bodies we’ve inherited from our reptilian ancestors, such as our skin, teeth and ears.

Wednesday, April 22, 9 p.m. American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire – PREMIERE

Robert Redford, Ashley Judd and other stars narrate this exploration of the environmental movement.

Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m. – Klamath Basin: A Restoration for the Ages – PREMIERE

A groundbreaking compromise may settle the complex water management disputes of the Klamath Basin.

Wednesday, April 23, 8 p.m. Nature: Snow Monkeys – PREMIERE

An engaging storyline featuring the Japanese macaque, or snow monkey, surviving winter temperatures below 15 degrees in the valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands.

Wednesday, April 23, 9 p.m. Nova: Inside Animal Minds: Who’s the Smartest? – PREMIERE

Throughout the animal kingdom, some of the cleverest creatures — including humans — seem to be those who live in complex social groups, like dolphins, elephants and apes. Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter? To find out, NOVA goes inside the social lives of some of the smartest animals on the planet.

Wednesday, April 23, 10 p.m. Your Inner Fish: Your Inner Monkey – PREMIERE

Find out which beneficial traits — and some not so useful — our primate progenitors bequeathed us.

Wednesday, April 30, 7 p.m. – Niagara Falls

Stunning views plus profiles of quirky visitors and workers from the nation's first great symbol.

Wednesday, April 30, 8 p.m. Nature: Love in the Animal Kingdom – PREMIERE

Get a delightful and provocative look at the love life of animals. Watch the feminine wiles of a young gorilla, the search for Mr. Right among a thousand flamingos, the open “marriages” of blue-footed boobies, the soap opera arrangements of gibbons and all the subtle, outrageous, romantic antics that go into finding a partner.

Wednesday, April 30, 9 p.m. Nova: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies – PREMIERE

Travel with Monarch butterflies on their annual 2,000-mile flight across North America to a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico.

With additional programming and encore presentations on PBS SoCaL Plus.

            Eco-Friendly programming on PBS SoCaL is made possible in part by a grant from the S.L. Gimbel Foundation Advised Fund at the Community Foundation Serving the Counties of Riverside and San Bernardino and the Orange County Community Foundation. For information about Environmental Awareness Month on PBS SoCaL, please visit http://www.pbssocal.org/arts-life/heritage/environmental-awareness-month.

About PBS SoCaL

            PBS SoCaL is PBS for Greater Los Angeles and dedicated to educating, entertaining and enlightening viewers throughout Southern California.  With its three unique broadcast channels, PBS SoCaL HD, PBS SoCaL Plus and PBS SoCaL World, PBS SoCaL provides award-winning programs like Frontline,NewsHour, NOVA, Nature and Masterpiece, as well as local productions including SoCaL Insider with Rick Reiff and LAaRT.  Through community outreach initiatives including PBS SoCaL Education, PBS SoCaL provides local schools access to new media materials that engage students in 21st century learning.  Explore the future of PBS in Southern California at www.pbssocal.org.

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