Nature

GREAT YELLOWSTONE THAW
Part 2 of 3

 

Journey to Yellowstone National Park, where wolves, grizzlies, beavers and owls survive one of the greatest seasonal changes on the planet. As the temperature swings 140 degrees, cameras capture how the animals cope. The series is hosted by renowned paleontologist and author Kirk Johnson.

 

Part 2 of 3
Cameras continue to follow the wildlife dramas in Yellowstone as spring brings many new challenges. A family of beavers is busy making the most of the spring vegetation. A mother grizzly and her cubs – and explains that the biggest dangers come not from other predators, but surprisingly from their own kind.

 

GREAT YELLOWSTONE THAW
Part 1 of 3

 

Journey to Yellowstone National Park, where wolves, grizzlies, beavers and owls survive one of the greatest seasonal changes on the planet. As the temperature swings 140 degrees, cameras capture how the animals cope. The series is hosted by renowned paleontologist and author Kirk Johnson.

 

Part 1 of 3
Learn whether the brutal winter weather will favor predator or prey. Find out how Yellowstone’s unique geology affects the mighty bison. Can the grizzlies that emerge early survive? Are the wolves and Great Gray owls in danger of starvation?

 

NATURE
Super Hummingbirds

 

Speed is their middle name. Their lives are moving faster than the eye can see. They possess natural born super powers that enable them to fly backwards, upside-down and float in mid-air. And for the first time, we see them mate, lay eggs, fight and raise families in intimate detail. They are great athletes, tender mothers, brave in combat and up for any challenge. They are Super Hummingbirds, the smallest and most brilliant birds on earth.

 

PLANTS BEHAVING BADLY
Sex & Lies

 

Revel in the ethereal beauty of orchids and examine their exotic flowers, which are shaped for one purpose – to attract pollinators. Many use sex as a lure, impersonating a female bee or wasp.

 

Sky Island

 

In Northern New Mexico, a range of mountains rises up from the high desert, a wild, rugged land of the Faraway Nearby. The volcanic Jemez Mountains are isolated from all other ranges — an island in the sky, surrounded by a desert sea. In SKY ISLAND, filmmaker John Grabowska profiles this enchanting landscape and our place within it, with climate change effects already dramatically altering the desert and alpine ecosystems. The film features narration by Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday and actress Meryl Streep.

 

NATURE
The Gathering Swarms

 

Get a look at some of the planet’s great gatherings: creatures coming together in inconceivable numbers — sometimes in millions, billions, even trillions. Included are bats and bees, locusts and ants, butterflies and cicadas, grunion and carp, sardines and wildebeest, and even parakeets and penguins. Some gather to breed or to migrate, some for protection, some simply to keep warm in the cold. But in the process, a kind of super-organism is created in which individual intelligence is superseded by a collective consciousness that shares information and moves with a single purpose for the benefit of all.

 

NATURE
Touching the Wild

 

Joe Hutto has dedicated seven years of his life to “becoming” a wild mule deer. Ordinarily, the deer herd would run from any human, but these keenly intelligent animals come to regard this stranger as one of their own. As he crosses the species divide, Hutto taps into a new understanding of these elusive animals. His joy in his new family is infectious, but this human predator also learns to see the world from the point of view of prey.

 

PLANTS BEHAVING BADLY
Murder & Mayhem

 

Examine the extraordinary behavior of carnivorous plants, which have been a feature of many a sci-fi film over the years. The reality turns out to be far stranger than the fiction.

 

NATURE
Animal Misfits

 

Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits, odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive. Animals featured include: giant panda, mole rat, three-toed sloth and aye-aye.

 

NATURE
Dolphins: Spy in the Pod, Part 2

 

The Spy Creatures continue to reveal the world of dolphins, their mysteries of communication and strategies. Go undercover to meet the orca, the largest dolphins, and race the Dall’s porpoises, the fastest dolphins in the world.

 

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