Liz Bon­nin talks about her Alaskan ad­ven­ture

Pre­sen­ters Matt Baker, Liz Bon­nin and Steve Back­shall on head­ing to Amer­ica’s largest state for its wildlife ‘sum­mer feast’

TV Times - - My Tv Week - Sean Mar­land

For most of the year, Alaska is an ice­cov­ered wilder­ness where an­i­mals strug­gle to find enough food to sur­vive, but for a few weeks ev­ery sum­mer, the re­gion ex­plodes into life as the tem­per­a­ture climbs.

The an­nual salmon mi­gra­tion, where 300 mil­lion fish swim from the ocean to their spawn­ing grounds hun­dreds of miles in­land, at­tracts a host of preda­tors and they’re all des­per­ate to eat as much as they can while they have the chance.

With bears, wolves, ea­gles and many more species all get­ting in on the act, there’s plenty go­ing on and Coun­try­file pre­sen­ter Matt Baker will be bring­ing us all the ac­tion in Wild Alaska Live on BBC1 on two evenings this week.

‘The salmon go on an amaz­ing jour­ney,’ says Matt, 39. ‘Af­ter months of wait­ing, ev­ery­thing hap­pens at once in the sum­mer. We thought the best way of show­ing peo­ple at home the scale of this nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non was to fol­low it live.’

Matt will be based in the Ton­gass Na­tional For­est in South­ern Alaska, while his co-pre­sen­ters Liz Bon­nin and Steve Back­shall will be head­ing even fur­ther into the wilder­ness.

In the North Pa­cific Ocean, Steve, 44, will fol­low wal­rus, orca, and hump­back whales as they hunt salmon at the start of their jour­ney, and

Liz, 44, is trav­el­ling to the wildest part of Alaska, the Kat­mai Na­tional Park, to watch bears and wolves in their nat­u­ral habi­tat.

‘Liz is go­ing to the mid­dle of nowhere and

Steve will be ab­seil­ing down the side of a glacier to take a closer look at what’s go­ing on in the ocean,’ says Matt. ‘I’m a lit­tle bit jeal­ous of them both!’

Here Matt, Liz and Steve tell us more about the an­i­mals they’re hop­ing to see...

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