Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: Science: Natural & Physical

Animal Studies Series

A series of documentaries that presents in-depth studies of various animals, assisting in the better understanding of each. Series: 11 or 13 programs (16 to 60 minutes). (2 programs available in Spanish.) Click for more

Coyotes: Song Dog

Coyotes: Song Dog

CINE Golden Eagle Award
Best Wildlife Film -International Wildlife Film Festival

"Highly Recommended. Backed with appropriate musical accompaniment and serious narration that includes insightful quotes from Native Americans, the adept camera captures the many-faceted coyote as a frolicking pup, a voracious scavenger, and a crafty survivalist. Amidst nature's brilliant scenery, the coyotes' habitat, characteristics, and specialized skills are convincingly relayed." -American Library Association
This digitally re-mastered, multi-award winning program documents a 10-year project filmed in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar River Valley, presenting sequences of coyote behavior in an environment where large mammals are abundant and human influence is minimal. The name coyote comes from the Aztec word "coyoti," which loosely translated means trickster, owing to the fact that these are clever animals that adjust well to their environment. In this program a Native American woman describes the howling coyote as "Song Dog," a sly creature that makes other animals give up their food. Ranging from the arctic to the tropics, the coyote usually lives in packs with its permanent mate and young, defending its territory and eating small rodents and larger weakened animals such as elk or moose. Known for their sharp eyesight, keen hearing and a keen sense of smell, coyotes develop a hierarchy based on dominance. Rare footage we see includes coyote pups learning about their world, a coyote pack cooperating with each other to steal a bear cub away from it's mother, a coyote getting a large fish away from an otter, as well as coyotes chasing elk, pronghorn and bighorn sheep. Produced by Trailwood Films. 03/08DE IJSCA 30 min.
Also See: Yellowstone's Otters And Friends; Yellowstone: The Unfinished Song; Elk of The Northern Herd; Trumpeter Swans: Trumpeter Blues

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