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|Our nature, wildlife, environmental and science video productions have placed Ravenswood Media at the forefront of the natural history documentary.|
We strive to find the exotic in the familiar, whether it’s the caves of the Hoosier National Forest or sea otters off the coast of California. Our crews are small and can react quickly to the vagaries of location filming.
by David McGowan
Too many eagles, too little time. That was the challenge for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources since the eagle population in the state has dramatically increased in the last few years. There are not enough state biologists to monitor all of the nests.
by Dave McGowan
We arrived at the Neda Mine in central Wisconsin in late afternoon. Paul White, WI DNR, lead us to the ancient opening of the closed iron ore mine. I had heard of bat swarms but had no idea what to expect. Starting in late August, bats collect outside their hibernaculum to mate before settling in for their long winter sleep.
by Ken Redeker
If my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder was a mountain, it would be Mount Everest. The disorder has tortured me since my teenage years in the 1970s, and I have carried it like a backpack full of rocks. My story is different when I am in nature. On a grueling 5 day trek across the Rocky Mountains, my burden was reduced to a handful of pebbles. Moments like these temporarily eradicate my disorder. Several years ago, I had rappelled down a 586-foot deep pit in a Georgia cave, forcing me into a fully present state and extinguishing my OCD. Through physically demanding adventures, I discovered that nature is more effective than medication when treating OCD and depression.
by David McGowan
Ravenswood Media began work on a film for the Great Lakes Protection Fund with an interview of the former Governor of Wisconsin, Tony Earl. Governor Earl described what motivated the Great Lakes governors to create the Fund and what they hoped to accomplish. After 25 years, the Fund has proved to be a nimble tool for staying ahead of the most challenging issues confronting the Great Lakes and its watershed. Ravenswood Media is no stranger to the Great Lakes Protection Fund. We produced the half hour documentary, Inventions and Invasions, in 1999. The documentary examined how invasive species spread through the Great Lakes through contaminated ballast water. The Fund provided support to test ways of treating the ballast to prevent the further spread of invasives.
We just revamped our corporate website using Drupal. Drupal is the next-generation open source content management system (CMS) that facilitates the creation and organization of multiple kinds of content on a website.
Sometime in the summer of 1972 PBS began a remarkable BBC series called "The Ascent of Man."
Dr. Jacob Bronowski walked the public through the fits and starts of human history. I was a typical teenager flipping channels between The Beverly Hillbillies and Tony Orlando and Dawn Variety Hour when I accidentally turned to this host with the funny accent sitting on a rock in the Olduvai Gorge.
Ditch design has changed very little in the last 200 years and it is due for another look. Though seldom thought of as a technological feat, the building of a well-designed ditch can be revolutionary for farmers and, just as important, the conservation community.