The Creature Show
The Creature Show is a New Jersey-based web series that releases 1 or 2 new episodes each year. The mission of The Creature Show is to inspire a new generation of conservationists by putting viewers on the frontlines of the struggle to protect endangered species and their habitats.
About the director: Jared Flesher is an award-winning reporter and documentary filmmaker based in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Learn more about Jared’s work at www.hundredyearfilms.com.
Creature Show Episode 1: “Salamander Rain”
SYNOPSIS: On the first warm rain of early spring, salamanders march by the thousands to the vernal pools in which they breed. In New Jersey, this ancient amphibian rite has become a deadly pilgrimage, as busy roads now crisscross the salamanders’ migration routes. In this first installment of The Creature Show, witness the rain-drenched efforts of conservationists to get salamanders across the road in one piece.
Creature Show Episode 2: “Terror in the Bat Cave”
SYNOPSIS: Found deep within bat hibernacula in New Jersey is something terrifying… an invasive fungus that has killed 95% of little brown bats and 99% of northern long-eared bats. While scientists across the country are desperately searching for a cure, New Jersey conservation biologists are doing what they can to help bats hold on, including protecting bat habitat and educating the public about this often misunderstood animal.
Creature Show Episode 3: “Snakes in the Pines”
SYNOPSIS: A forest named the Pine Barrens remains a stronghold of the timber rattlesnake, northern pine snake, and corn snake, all threatened or endangered in the state of New Jersey. But snakes are not safe even in the heart of this relatively undisturbed 1 million-acre forest, the largest between Richmond, Virginia and Maine. Conservation biologists working to protect these snakes are facing off against several significant threats, including roads, inbreeding depressing, poachers and off-road vehicles.
Creature Show Episode 4: “Birds of May”
SYNOPSIS: On the sandy beaches of the Delaware Bay, in New Jersey, a visitor arrives each May from the southernmost tip of South America. Name: Calidris canutus rufa. The rufa red knot. For two crucial weeks, the birds gorge on the eggs of horseshoe crabs as they refuel for the next leg of their journey to the Arctic. The problem is, horseshoe crab eggs are nowhere near as plentiful as they once were
Creature Show Episode 5: “Dogs and Bobcats:
Synopsis: A story about endangered bobcats, New Jersey, and a dog named Bear.
The Deer Stand
SYNOPSIS: In parts of New Jersey, where the deer population is ten times too high, conservationists are teaming up with hunters to try to reverse an extreme ecological imbalance.
SYNOPSIS: In the Sourlands of Central New Jersey, a rampaging deer herd, invasive plants and wholesale habitat destruction threaten the local ecosystem. Farmers in the surrounding valley battle against high land prices, high property taxes, and increasingly erratic weather patterns. A group of local engineers searches for new ways to save energy and stop global warming. Pay close attention, and the challenges facing this community look a lot like the challenges facing ecosystems, farmers and energy visionaries everywhere.