On Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m., "Nature" premieres "An Original DUCKumentary." Vermont Public Television will broadcast this new film by Ann Johnson Prum, who produced "Hummingbirds." It follows a wood duck family, discovering how a male and female create a bond and migrate together across thousands of miles. They nurture their brood of chicks, then head to their wintering grounds.
The film includes two sequences shot by Vermont's Bryan Pfeiffer -- one from Marshfield and one from Montpelier. It also includes footage of a hooded merganser nest at North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier.
VPT will also air the program in its overnight schedule http://www.vpt.org/show/88/3004, and it will be available on demand at pbs.org/video.
And speaking of wonderful nature shows - on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m., "Nature" encores "My Life As a Turkey." Writer and naturalist Joe Hutto was given the rare opportunity to raise wild turkeys from chicks. He spent each day as a "wild turkey" with his family of chicks until the day when he had to let his children grow up and go off on their own.