The producers of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s television show, “Arizona Wildlife Views,” took home eight Emmy® Awards from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). The awards ceremony took place on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort.

Carol Lynde, David Majure and Ben Avechuco each won an Emmy® in the Environment Program category for an episode of “Arizona Wildlife Views” that featured the department’s efforts to conserve the native humpback chub in the Colorado River, the Highway 93 bighorn sheep project, and banding bald eagles near Lake Mary. See the video:

The trio also took top honors in the Politics and Government Program category for “Glen Canyon Dam High Flow Release,” which chronicled the effects of the dam on the ecosystem and fish populations in the Grand Canyon. See the video:

David Majure took home the Emmy® in the Environment Program Segment category for “Tracking Tortoises” about the Department’s ongoing study of Sonoran desert tortoises. See the video:

Video production supervisor Carol Lynde won in the Human Interest Program Segment category for “Amazing Grace,” the story of a raccoon that survived the Yarnell Hill fire. See the video:

“We’re very proud of the video storytellers who capture the diversity and natural beauty, as well as the unique challenges of conserving Arizona’s wildlife,” said Larry Voyles, director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. “Our dedicated production team showcases the department’s efforts to manage some of the more than 800 species in Arizona, and these Emmy® awards are proof of the exceptional work they do.”

“Arizona Wildlife Views” is a 13-week half-hour original series hosted by Jim Paxon and produced by the Information Branch of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. It airs on Arizona PBS stations and city cable channels across the state. Full episodes and individual segments also can be viewed on the Game and Fish website at

The Game and Fish Department YouTube channel at has almost every Arizona Wildlife Views show and segment. Visitors can ‘subscribe,’ and get an email alert every time a new “Arizona Wildlife Views” video comes online.

More than 900 videos were submitted for this year’s Rocky Mountain Emmy® Awards by television and video production professionals in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and El Centro, California. For more information visit

If you missed any episodes of the latest season of "Arizona Wildlife Views" television, hosted by Jim Paxon, you have an opportunity for another look. KAET-TV (Channel 8 PBS) is rerunning the Emmy award-winning series on Sundays at 4:30 p.m.   back...

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