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Great Wildlife Heist, The
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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The illegal traffic in rare and endangered birds has become big business, worth at least $2 billion a year worldwide. As an international crime, it's beginning to rival narcotics smuggling in both magnitude and technique as poachers, smugglers and unscrupulous dealers fill a demand that legitimate dealers can't meet. With special access to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service undercover investigation, NOVA explores the illegal traffic in endangered birds.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Great Wildlife Heist, The,” 06/25/1994, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 16, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B59E3229D9434D649E739254F72F1155.
MLA: “NOVA; Great Wildlife Heist, The.” 06/25/1994. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 16, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B59E3229D9434D649E739254F72F1155>.
APA: NOVA; Great Wildlife Heist, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B59E3229D9434D649E739254F72F1155
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