Striking Balance returns for a second season

Beaver Hills, Kallal property, AB (Photo by Brent Calver)

Beaver Hills, Kallal property, AB (Photo by Brent Calver)

Explore nine of Canada’s breathtaking UNESCO biosphere reserves, including some of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s project areas.

Striking Balance, Season 2, showcases UNESCO biosphere reserves across the country. These 50-minute episodes investigate how people overcome challenges that threaten the sustainability of these places.

Watch the trailer below:

Episode 1 - Tsá Tué Biosphere Reserve, NT

Troubled by a history of uranium mining, the Sahtu Dene of Great Bear Lake create North America’s largest biosphere reserve to protect its pristine waters for all of humanity.

Watch it here >

Episode 2 - Manicouagan-Uapishka Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, QC

Quebec’s Manicouagan-Uapishka Biosphere Reserve prides itself on working with industry toward a sustainable future. But their dream is put to the test when their biggest project is jeopardized by North America’s largest hydro-electricity reservoir.

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Episode 3 - Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, ON

Scientists, climbers and quarry companies come up with innovative ways to co-exist with, restore and enhance the natural world.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) Kathryn Folkl recalls her research as a youth on the effects of climbing. She credits this sport with developing her love of nature with what eventually led her to working for NCC to protect nature.

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Episode 4 - Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve, MB

Ranchers are plagued with increasing flood damages north of Riding Mountain, and there is a call to restore nature's flood protection systems. This episode features a regenerative agriculture project on the NCC’s flagship property in the biosphere. NCC has planted prairie grasses and brought cattle to graze the land in order to restore the health of the soil.

Learn more about the Riding Mountain Natural Area.

Watch it here >

Episode 5 - Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region, BC

Following unprecedented droughts, the people of BC’s Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region begin their quest to restore the water balance.

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Episode 6 - Lac Saint-Pierre Biosphere Reserve, QC

The yellow perch, a key indicator of the health of Quebec’s Lac Saint-Pierre, is in serious trouble. But this little fish is inspiring the big change needed to restore the lake to its former glory. This episode introduces how NCC works with local farmers to develop sustainable farming practices that support the yellow perch and nesting birds.

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Episode 7 - Beaver Hills Biosphere Reserve, AB

The Beaver Hills is at risk of being swallowed by a growing Edmonton, and people are uniting to keep it intact. This episode introduces NCC’s campaign to keep the Beaver Hills intact for the long term, as well as the volunteer stewardship initiative that aims to raise awareness of the Biosphere Reserve by connecting people to it in a meaningful way.

Learn more about the Beaver Hills.

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Episode 8 - Frontenac Arch Biosphere Nature Reserve, ON

The heart of eastern North America’s last, great forest corridor is threatened by development, but the people of Ontario’s Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve are determined to keep it intact.

This episode features NCC's conservation work to secure large tracts of land in the Frontenac Arch wildlife corridor and the role of volunteers in land management.

Learn more about the Frontenac Arch.

Episode 9 - Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve, NS

Under siege from invasive species, the people of the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve innovate new ways to hold back, eradicate and even eat the invaders.

Catch full episodes of Season 1 on TVO's YouTube channel >

Catch full episodes of Season 2 on TVO’s YouTube channel. Episodes will be released weekly starting October 4th, at 8 p.m. EST.

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