Ten million buffalo once roamed the plains of North America. Today, only a few carefully protected herds remain. The carrier pigeon, the whooping crane, the flightless great auk of the Atlantic seaboard, and other species have all fallen prey to the greatest predator, man. This film shows efforts being made by wildlife specialists to preserve and nurture the creatures that do remain in our wilderness areas. Scenes rarely photographed make this a spellbinding film throughout.
Warmer winters have enabled the mountain pine beetle infestation to grow into an epidemic in British Columbia's interior forests. The beetle has killed half of the province's lodgepole pine trees and is expected to kill over three-quarters of the marketable pine forests by 2015.