Spotlight On: “The Sagebrush Sea”

The landscape may appear spartan at first glance, but take a closer look and it will quickly become clear that it is actually teaming with life.  The sagebrush sea stretches across 11 states in the American West. It is home to more that 170 species of birds and animals such as deer, eagles, hawks, prairie dogs and rabbits.  It’s also home to the Greater Sage-Grouse, a bird found nowhere else in the world. Each year, males strut and display for prospective mates while females raise chicks on their own, navigating a hostile world with little shelter, water and food and many predators. As wells and pipelines expand into their territory, the Sage-Grouse has more to contend with than ever before.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology filmed “The Sagebrush Sea” over 3 years, acquiring hundreds of hours of footage in 4K. Henninger conformed the film in 4K, provided color correction, sound design, mix and graphic design services and mastered the film for broadcast and theatrical screenings. The birdwatchers on our staff loved the opportunity to work on this beautiful, sweeping documentary.

“The Sagebrush Sea” premieres Wednesday, May 20th at 8/7c on Nature | PBS.