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"The Mongolian Marmot" on MontanaPBS' Terra, Jan. 14

December 28, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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MontanaPBS' Terra presents "The Mongolian Marmot" on January 14 at 11:30 p.m.

This is the story of the Mongolian Marmot and its unique place in both past and present Mongolian culture. Today, the marmots in Mongolia are threatened by over-hunting and habitat destruction and the loss of this species would cause devastation across the entire ecosystems they support. The Mongolian Marmot features Mongolians from all walks of life- from nomadic herders to young biologists- to tell unique and fascinating cultural importance and natural history of the Mongolian Marmot.

The Mongolian Marmot was filmed and produced by Thomas Winston, a graduate of Montana State University's Science and Natural History Filmmaking program.

Terra is a science and natural history series that presents stories that speak to the relationship between human civilization and the planet. An accessible and thought-provoking series, Terra offers a window to the natural world by exploring frontiers of research, examining applications of science, and celebrating diversity in the natural environment.

Produced in conjunction with the graduate program in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University and Filmmakers for Conservation Ltd., Terra provides independent filmmakers and students a venue in which to present their own perspectives on ecological and environmental topics.

Aaron Pruitt at 406-994-5021 or aaron_pruitt@montanapbs.org