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August 18, 2004

Wildlife Journal TV Series Wins Three National Awards

CONCORD, N.H. -- Wildlife Journal, the television series co-produced by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and New Hampshire Public Television, has recently been recognized for excellence by three national organizations. The weekly series, hosted by Willem Lange and Lisa Densmore, explores New Hampshire's fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation opportunities, plus the state's wildlife resources and the people who manage and conserve them.

Wildlife Journal won a CINE Golden Eagle in the Environment and Natural Science category for the segment "Return of the Seabirds," a feature on the dramatic restoration and return of a common tern colony to the Isles of Shoals off the New Hampshire coast. CINE recognizes the highest quality of non-theatrical film and video production in a variety of content categories. The award was presented in April at a ceremony at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. "Return of the Seabirds" airs again on Thursday, August 19, at 9:00 p.m. on NHPTV.

Also, the Association for Conservation Information (ACI) named Wildlife Journal as first-place winner in the television series category during its annual awards. The ACI is an international non-profit association of information and education professionals representing natural-resource, wildlife and conservation organizations in the government, non-profit and business sectors.

Wildlife Journal host Lisa Densmore received two "Excellence in Craft Awards" from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, a professional organization that sets ethical and communications standards and encourages public enjoyment and conservation of natural resources. Densmore received a first-place award in the Conservation/Environment, TV/Video Category for hosting/reporting "Lead-Free Fishing Tackle," and a second-place award in the same category for the segment "Wood Duck Box." In May, Densmore received an Emmy Award from NATAS Boston/New England for her hosting of the program's Wild Ways segments.

Wildlife Journal begins its third season in November. The program's cameras capture wildlife that most of us never see; introduce people whose lives are deeply connected to the natural world, from wildlife researchers to outdoor enthusiasts; and transport viewers to remote destinations in the Granite State. Each half-hour program includes two features and a Wild Ways and a Wild Places segment. Wild Ways has a "how-to" focus with tips on fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities. Wild Places features areas of scenic or recreational interest in the Granite State. Visit www.wildlifejournal.tv for more information and a current program schedule.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.

Beyond its award-winning local and national television programs, NHPTV is a leader in education and community outreach. For more information about NHPTV programs that entertain, educate and enrich, visit www.nhptv.org.

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