TERRA EPISODE 236: WORKING DOGS - ON NATURE'S TRAIL

Low-tech is the new high-tech. Take, for example, wildlife biologists who are swapping radio collars and GPS transceivers for a more sensitive instrument: a dog's nose. A dog's sense of smell is up to one thousand times more powerful than a human's. But this doesn't really explain what it means to "smell like a dog." When a human walks into a bakery, it smells generally very sweet. When a dog walks into a bakery, it smells every ingredient used in the baking process, e.g., eggs, butter, flour, sugar, and so on down to that last pinch of nutmeg. Dogs are able to differentiate smells even in incredibly minute concentrations. This innate ability, coupled with an obsessive "ball-drive," makes for an incredible partner in the fight to save endangered species. The trail is hot! Starring Finny, Carow, Peppin, Tsavo, Camas, Wicket, Alice, Megan, and Aimee of Working Dogs for Conservation.

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Now in its 10th sea­son, LifeOnTERRA is the pre­em­i­nent sci­ence and nat­ural his­tory pod­cast series that explores the nat­ural con­nec­tions that pro­pel life on Earth. Over­seen by grad­u­ate stu­dents in the MFA in Sci­ence and Nat­ural His­tory Film­mak­ing Pro­gram at Mon­tana State Uni­ver­sity, TERRA dis­trib­utes inde­pen­dently pro­duced sci­ence, nature, and envi­ron­men­tal films. We are proud to bring you these unique sto­ries from around the globe that cel­e­brate the won­ders of the nat­ural world. We invite you to enjoy these vignettes of the peo­ple, places and ani­mals that make up the heart and soul of life on Terra. Since TERRA’s incep­tion, our thought pro­vok­ing films have reached over ten mil­lion view­ers. With each new episode we fea­ture pow­er­ful sto­ry­telling that show­cases the diver­sity of our planet. A heart­felt thanks goes out to the hun­dreds of film­mak­ers who have con­tributed their films to TERRA; with­out their gen­eros­ity, none of this would be pos­si­ble. And per­haps most of all, we thank you for watch­ing and for join­ing the TERRA com­mu­nity. Your feed­back allows us to deliver fresh and inspir­ing content.