‘River guardians’ focus of LPB ‘Alive’ series

Their job is to keep the “paradise” in “sportsman’s paradise.”

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is the focus of the third installment in Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s “Alive! In America’s Delta” series. Narrated by actor John Goodman, “Delta Guardians” premieres at 7 p.m. Wednesday on WLPB, Channel 27 (cable Channel 12) in Baton Rouge. The show will also air at 8:30 p.m. Friday on WLAE, Channel 32 in New Orleans.

The LDWF agents work to protect not only the people who live, work and play in America’s delta, but also the unique array of fish and wildlife that calls this region home.

The show also points out that during disasters, these “delta guardians” are most often the first to the scene. During the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, LDWF teams rescued thousands trapped after the storms. The agent’s main job, however, is to use modern tools and techniques to police and prosecute poachers, educate people about water and firearm safety, and protect seafood and wildlife populations and their habitats.

The show follows the agents through the swamps, forests, marshes and coastal waters of Louisiana’s wetlands as they work to protect Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources and the people who use them for recreation or commercial gain.

“Delta Guardians” will re-air at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on WLPB.