This blue-chip natural history special is the first of three hours that take us on a wild journey down the Mississippi to reveal a river you only think you know. Beginning in the fall at the very head of the river, we follow its path to find hungry wolves, freezing bobcats, warring bald eagles, hapless porcupines, and phantom owls that hunt what they can't see.
As spring breaks along the Mississippi, melting snow and ice create a flood of epic proportions. For fish, high water comes as a blessing, nourishing the banks with rich soils and allowing easy passage to breeding grounds. But others aren't so lucky. The deluge washes beavers and birds out of their homes, leaving them vulnerable to a host of forest predators.
Our romance with the Mississippi River heats up as we head south. She joins with an even more flooded Ohio River to form a union of destruction that challenges man and beast alike. At the headwaters, when we started this love affair with the river, we agreed to go all the way come hell or high water - now we get both.