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Little 5 day-old calfWill this five-day-old calf survive the year?

High up in Canada’s Rockies, by a crystal-clear lake rimmed with old-growth forest, a moose is born.

At the best of times, the odds are stacked against this leggy 16-kilo calf surviving its first year, as normally less than 50 percent do, but now that number is sinking even lower.

Moose populations across many parts of North America are in steep decline and scientists believe one big reason is that fewer moose calves are surviving their first year.

If the population continues on this trajectory, scientists believe that moose could be gone from many parts of North America within the next 50 years. It has never been more important to understand what happens in the first year of a moose’s life.

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To an interview with director Susan Fleming.

This stunningly intimate nature documentary does just that by taking viewers deep inside the world of moose to experience a calf’s first year of life up close and personal, like it has never been seen before. Watch in awe as a young calf grows up right before your eyes in a land of snow-capped mountains, grizzly bears and wolves amid some of the most striking scenery on the planet.

 

 

A look at the beauty of Jasper National Park and why it's such a great habitat for moose.

Our film crews spent 13 months with a moose calf and its mother in the spectacular wilds of Jasper National Park to give viewers a ringside seat to witness a mother’s love and a calf’s everyday struggle for survival in the spectacular yet brutal landscape of the Canadian Rockies.

From the acclaimed director of A Murder of Crows comes a new one-hour nature documentary that explores the secret world of moose.

Produced by Twig Eaters Inc. in partnership with CBC The Nature of Things, PBS Nature and the BBC’s Natural World.

LOVE THE MUSIC?

Here are a few tracks from the film composed by Geoff Bennett and Andre Hirtz and performed by Mary Margaret O'Hara.
All is Good in the World, FramedrumLike a River.

Credits (Click to expand)

Director
SUSAN FLEMING

Director of Photography
HUGO KITCHING

Camera
JOSHUA J. SEE
KEITH BRUST
ANDREW MANSKE

Camera Assistant
MICHAEL REID
TOR KITCHING

Aerial Photography
CHRIS CHANDA

Editor
RODERICK DEOGRADES

Additional Editing
ROBERT RUZIC

Writer
SIOBHAN FLANAGAN

Original Music
GEOFF BENNETT
ANDRE HIRZ

with
Vocal Improvisations by
MARY MARGARET O’HARA

Narrator
HUGO KITCHING

Producer
SUSAN FLEMING

Production Manager/Production Co-ordinator 
ANDREA MINTY

Scientific Advisors
DR. RYAN BROOK
DR. SETH MOORE
MICHAEL RUNTZ

Sound Recordists
HUGO KITCHING
PETER SAWADE

Research
SUSAN FLEMING
ELIZABETH COOK

Graphic Design
CRAIG SCORCHIE

Visual Effects
SAM JAVANROUH
HELEN THATCH

Editing Assistant
CRAIG SCORGIE
ORLEE BUIUM

Post Production Supervisor
JOSEPH MURNAGHAN

Colourist
JIM FLEMING

Supervising Sound Editor
DAVID ROSE

Re-recording Mixers
LOU SOLAKOFSKI
GRAHAM ROGERS

Dialogue Editor
MARTIN GWYNN JONES

Foley Artists
ANDY MALCOLM
GORO KOYAMA

FOLEY RECORDING MIXER:
JACK HEEREN
DON WHITE

FOLEY RECORDING ASSISTANT:
JENNA DALLA RIVA
STEPHEN MUIR

Publicity
JILL SPITZ

Executive Producer
SUSAN FLEMING

Stock Footage kindly provided by Travel Alberta

Special Thanks to the following for their important contribution to the project:
Mike Wesbrook and Cynthia Ball

  Ed Logan      Jill Seaton 
  Volker Schelhas    Guy & Kerstin Boisvert     Lynn Ambrico      Roger Baird 
  Michaela Kent     Cate Watrous
  Grand Portage Band of Chippewa  Jim Brandenburg
  Jim Rasmussen, Senior Vet Minnesota Zoo    Tiffany Wolf, Vet Minnesota Zoo
  Big Horn Helicopters    Quicksilver Air 
  Rocky Mountain Heli    Jane & Brian Buckles
All the folks at Jasper National Park

For CBC "The Nature of Things"

Executive Producer: SUE DANDO
Senior Producer: CAROLINE UNDERWOOD

For WNET New York Public Media
Executive Producer: FRED KAUFMAN
Series Producer: BILL MURPHY

For BBC Bristol “Natural World”
Series Editor ROGER WEBB

DISTRIBUTED INTERNATIONALLY BY OFF THE FENCE BV

Produced by TWIG EATERS Inc. ©2015
 

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