Wide shot of the bayou from the bow of the boat. (Photo Credit: © NGC / Whitney Beer-Kerr) 

The mighty Mississippi River is home to a vast array of incredible species including beavers, wolves, bears, moose, eagles, and many other creatures. While these animals have been showcased on television before, the new Nat Geo Wild three-part miniseries entitled, “Wild Mississippi” takes things a step further by really focusing on the extreme environment that these animals cope with.

Nat Geo Wild spent an entire YEAR exploring the 2,350-mile-long river and breaks up the series into ‘seasons.’ The first episode is called Deep Freeze which premieres Sunday, February 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. In this episode, cameramen capture the masterful techniques of surviving in world that has transformed from a beautiful autumn into a perilous and freezing winter wilderness. Epic shots of bald eagles hunting is one of my favorite scenes from this episode.

Part two of the series, Raging Waters, airs an hour later at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Now the mighty Mississippi has morphed back into a lush landscape again as spring is in bloom – except all the animals aren’t in the clear yet. With the melting of the vast amounts of ice that had encased the river comes massive flooding that forces wildlife to quickly adapt… or else. Be sure to catch the adorable wood ducklings in this episode that must survive a 30-foot jump to find sanctuary from the rising high tides.

The last episode, Delta Blues, airing at 10 p.m. ET/PT, begins as the intense flood waters of the Mississippi combine with those of the Ohio River. Now not one, but two massive rivers challenge humans and animals alike. Wild boars try and flee for safety as the water rises at a rate of two inches every hour and people abandon their homes as the Mississippi expands to more than 25 miles wide!

You won’t want to miss this epic series which premieres Sunday, Feb 12, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT.