Now in its fourth season, "Sporting Classics with Chris Dorsey" is all about big adventures. Chris talks about the destinations and adventures that are showcased this season on the series from South Africa to Spain, Saskatchew to Namibia and even adventures close to home in Colorado and Texas. Chris says he likes to seek out remote places, unknown landscapes that most people have never seen or even heard of. In the end, he wants viewers to come away with a story and understanding of a piece of the world that they didn't previously know anything about. He highlights one of these recent adventures, a trip to Bolivia, where they sought out one of the greatest freshwater game fish, the giant golden dorado. These fish are savage in their take and striking in their beauty, Chris says, and they wanted to celebrate that.
Next, Chris dives into a project that puts conservation on the big screen, an IMAX film he is the executive producer of called, "Wings Over Water". One of the most ecologically important areas to North America is an ecosystem that most people don't even realize exists. The prairie wetlands that extend from Canada into the Upper Midwest are a 275,000 square mile ecosystem that produces about 70% of the water birds in North America. People know about the Everglades and the Serengeti, Chris says, and yet this crucial ecosystem has somehow gone overlooked and unknown. Often the best way to celebrate the importance of something like the prairie wetlands is to showcase it in a way that introduces people to it, helps them understand it and in turn, they will want to protect it. Chris talks about the genesis of the "Wings Over Water" IMAX film and the goal of the film which was to make a cultural shift in the understanding of these prairie wetlands and their importance - not just to birds - but to clean air, clean water, recharging ground aquifers and more. It's less about creating a movie and more about igniting a mission and movement, Chris says. The incredible film follows three groups of birds on their journeys while also highlighting their fascinating behaviors and it's narrated by Oscar nominated and award-winning actor Micahel Keaton. Chris talks more about the film, where it can be seen and the importance of shining a bright light on this important region of North America.
Finally, with decades of adventure and travel under his belt, Chris has seen some amazing places around the globe. However, there is one landscape in particular that stands out to him, one he says is, "absolutely special". The Okavango Delta in Botswana has been referred to by some as, "Eden", and in essence, it's a giant oasis. This area is formed by a river that flows through the Kalahari and weaves under and through the sand where the water is purified before spilling into a delta that never finds a sea or ocean. It's here in this special ecosystem that you'll find the best of Africa all in one environment - elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, hippo, crocodile, buffalo and more. Chris talks about his experience hunting buffalo in the Okavango Delta using dugout canoes and tracking them in the clear water from island to island. He says hunting is really just a great excuse to get to experience this incredible destination.
Be sure to tune in for this fun and fascinating discussion with Chris Dorsey. Watch "Sporting Classics with Chris Dorsey on Outdoor Channel, Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. ET and be sure to find an IMAX theater near you so you can experience his "Wings Over Water" film.