Nature


Nature
Nature is a long-running wildlife television program produced by Thirteen/WNET New York. Some episodes may appear in syndication on many PBS member stations around the U.S. and Canada and on the Discovery Channel. Nature is one of the most watched documentary series in the world. It is a weekly one-hour program that consists of documentaries about various animals and ecosystems. The on-camera host of the first season was Donald Johanson, with voice-over narration by George Page. Starting with the 1983 season George Page became both the on-camera host and the narrator until the series' 18th season in 2000. Since then, Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham has frequently narrated episodes. Nature is one of the few programs in television history that has won and has been nominated for the same number of Emmy Awards during its longevity. In 1986, host George Page was nominated for best Outstanding Individual Achievements in Informational Programming.

Genre: Documentary, News

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  • Watch Nature Season 2

    • Episode 8

      8. Magic of the Snowy Owl

      aired: Wed, Oct 24, 2012

      Take an intimate look at the snowy owl, a bird made popular by Harry Potter's faithful companion, Hedwig.

    • Episode 7

      7. Siberian Tiger Quest

      aired: Wed, Oct 10, 2012

      Embark with conservation ecologist Chris Morgan on a great challenge: to find and film the Siberian tiger.

    • Episode 6

      6. Cracking the Koala Code

      aired: Wed, May 16, 2012

      This film will explore the remarkable bond between the koala and the eucalypt trees it so depends upon.

    • Episode 5

      5. River of No Return

      aired: Wed, Apr 18, 2012

      This film is a journey of exploration into one of America's best kept secrets

    • Episode 4

      4. Raccoon Nation

      aired: Wed, Feb 8, 2012

      Find out if human beings' efforts to outwit raccoons are actually making the animals smarter.

    • Episode 3

      3. Fortress of the Bears

      aired: Wed, Jan 25, 2012

      Part of the massive Tongass National Forest, Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska supports the largest concentration of bears anywhere in the world. Sustained by a wealth of salmon streams, isolated and protected by their environment, some 1,700 Alaskan brown bears are part of a unique circle of life that has played out here for centuries.

    • Episode 2

      2. My Life as a Turkey

      aired: Tue, Nov 15, 2011

      My Life as a Turkey is the account of an amazing experiment: Naturalist Joe Hutto incubates two dozen wild-turkey eggs with the intention of human-imprinting and raising them. But the relationship that develops between the author and the birds changes his life so that he wonders who has imprinted whom.

    • Episode 1

      1. Jungle Eagle

      aired: Tue, Nov 8, 2011

      The most powerful raptor in the world, the harpy eagle, hides away deep in the South American jungle.

  • Episodes

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      Nature: The Himalayas

      aired: Thu, May 30, 2013

      The highest mountain range in the world is far-reaching and holds within it an exceptionally diverse ecology. Coniferous and subtropical forests, wetlands, and montane grasslands are as much a part of this world as the inhospitable, frozen mountaintops that tower above.

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      Nature: Great Zebra Exodus

      aired: Thu, May 9, 2013

      Great Zebra Exodus explores parenthood and the fragility of young life—from zebras to lapwings to meerkats. It’s a tale of loyalty and sacrifice, of home and exile, of death and new life, set against the backdrop of one of Africa’s most surreal landscapes.

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      Nature: Legendary White Stallions

      aired: Fri, Apr 19, 2013

      The striking white Lipizzaner stallions of the famed Spanish Riding School in Vienna have been thrilling audiences for centuries. During the winter public performance season, the horses execute breathtaking displays of carefully choreographed and synchronized movements known as high classical dressage. This film looks at how horses bred for war developed into living works of art.

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      Nature: The Mystery of Eels

      aired: Mon, Apr 8, 2013

      Eels can be found all over the globe, in fresh and salt water ecosystems alike. But today, risk of over-fishing and the presence of dams and other obstacles that prevent eels from reaching their oceanic spawning grounds pose new threats to an animal that once roamed the planet alongside the dinosaurs. Artist, writer, and naturalist James Prosek explores the mysterious world of the eel.

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      Nature: What Plants Talk About

      aired: Mon, Feb 25, 2013

      When we think about plants, we don’t often associate a term like “behavior” with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives. What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought!

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      Nature: Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo

      aired: Wed, Feb 6, 2013

      Wildlife filmmaker Jeff Turner captures how wolves and buffalo live together in what seems like a forgotten corner of the world. "Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo" premiered Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 8/7c.

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      Nature: Attenborough's Life Stories: Our Fragile Planet

      aired: Thu, Jan 31, 2013

      Attenborough reflects on the dramatic impact that we have had on the natural world during his lifetime. "Attenborough's Life Stories: Our Fragile Planet" premiered Wednesday, February 6 at 8/7c on PBS.

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      Nature: Attenborough's Life Stories: Understanding the Natural World

      aired: Mon, Jan 28, 2013

      Attenborough shares his memories of the scientists and the breakthroughs that helped shape his own career in translating these discoveries into film. "Attenborough's Life Stories: Understanding the Natural World" premiered Wednesday, January 30 at 8/7c.

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      Nature: Attenborough's Life Stories: Life on Camera

      aired: Fri, Jan 18, 2013

      The first of the 3-part series celebrating the life and work of Sir David Attenborough. In this episode, Attenborough revisits key places and events in his career and shows how a succession of technical innovations in filmmaking led to remarkable revelations about our planet and the creatures that inhabit it.

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      Nature: Animal Odd Couples

      aired: Mon, Nov 5, 2012

      Love apparently knows no boundaries in the animal kingdom. Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable. Instincts gone awry? NATURE investigates why animals form these special bonds and what these relationships suggest about the nature of animal emotions. Animal Odd Couples premiered Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

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      Nature: Magic of the Snowy Owl

      aired: Mon, Oct 15, 2012

      Filmmakers take us deep into the snowy owl’s tundra home on the North Slope of Alaska to observe the daily struggles involved in raising a family of helpless owlets until they’re able to fly. Magic of the Snowy Owl premiered Wednesday, October 24, 2012.

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      Nature: An Original DUCKumentary

      aired: Thu, Oct 11, 2012

      Masters of the water and air, they have conquered the globe. From deft dabblers to great divers, these are one of the Animal Kingdom's ultimate athletes. Take a fascinating look at one of our most familiar birds. An Original DUCKumentary premieres November 14 at 8/7c (check local listings).

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      Nature: Siberian Tiger Quest

      aired: Thu, Sep 13, 2012

      Conservation ecologist Chris Morgan embarks on a challenge that will fulfill a lifelong dream — to find and film a Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia’s far eastern forests. To help him, Morgan turns to Korean cameraman Sooyong Park, the first individual ever to film Siberian tigers in the wild. Siberian Tiger Quest premiered Wednesday, October 10 at 8/7c.

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      Nature: Cracking the Koala Code

      aired: Thu, May 17, 2012

      From the miracle of marsupial birth to tender moments of discovery between mother and newborn joey, encounters with threatening forest creatures, battles between rival males and the complex chorus of bellows and grunts that have become so important to science — join leading scientists as they unravel just what a forest needs to support a healthy population of koalas by listening to these marsupial

    • Episode

      Nature: River of No Return

      aired: Thu, Apr 19, 2012

      A young couple, Isaac and Bjornen Babcock, choose the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness for their year-long honeymoon. But what begins as a romantic adventure becomes something much greater for the couple, and a tale of hope and celebration for every life trying to make it in the unforgiving heart of the wilderness.

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      Nature: Ocean Giants: Voices of the Sea

      aired: Thu, Apr 12, 2012

      Humpback whales' songs carry thousands of miles, while a sperm whale scans the ocean depths with a sonar laser beam louder than a thunderclap. "Voices of the Sea" reveals a surprising underwater world where sound takes the place of sight.

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      Nature: Ocean Giants: Deep Thinkers

      aired: Thu, Apr 5, 2012

      In some respects the brains of whales and dolphins are more complex than ours. Whales and dolphins work co-operatively, show empathy and are self-aware. Find out how clever, and how much like us, whales and dolphins might be.

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      Nature: Raccoon Nation

      aired: Wed, Feb 8, 2012

      Are the obstacles that our fast-paced urban world throws at raccoons actually pushing the development of their brains? Closely follow a family of urban raccoons as they navigate the complex world of a big city.

    • Episode

      Nature: Fortress of the Bears

      aired: Thu, Jan 26, 2012

      Alaska's Admiralty Island is home to an estimated 1800 brown bears, the largest concentration of bears in the world. Enter a world shaped by bears, trees, and salmon, and the delicate balance of their interconnected lives.

    • Episode

      Nature: Kangaroo Mob

      aired: Thu, Jan 12, 2012

      In the past 50 years, the eastern gray kangaroo population around Canberra, Australia's capital city, has exploded from a few hundred to tens of thousands.

    • Episode

      Nature: My Life as a Turkey

      aired: Thu, Nov 17, 2011

      After a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto's front porch, his life was forever changed. Hutto, possessing a broad background in the natural sciences and an interest in imprinting young animals, incubated the eggs and waited for them to hatch. As the chicks emerged from their shells, they locked eyes with an unusual but dedicated mother.

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      Nature: Jungle Eagle

      aired: Thu, Nov 10, 2011

      Harpy eagles are the most powerful birds of prey in the world. Standing three feet tall, with a six-foot wingspan and razor-sharp talons the size of bear claws, these birds are the heavyweight hunters of the South American rainforest. Enter the secret world of the harpy.

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      Nature: The Animal House

      aired: Wed, Nov 2, 2011

      NATURE investigates what goes into making a home when you're wild and cost is not a factor. They may be single-use, multi-generational, or multi-purpose; they may be anything from a small depression in the sand to a many-chambered tunnel, a nest, a burrow, or a mound, but for animals big and small, these dwellings are always impressive home sweet homes.

    • Episode

      Nature: The Good, the Bad, and the Grizzly

      aired: Wed, Oct 26, 2011

      After a decades-long comeback, the grizzly bears of Yellowstone National Park appear to be thriving. Should they now be removed from the protection of the Endangered Species Act? This question has provoked one of the most emotionally charged wildlife controversies in America today.

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      Nature: Radioactive Wolves

      aired: Thu, Oct 20, 2011

      What happens to nature after a nuclear accident? The historic nuclear accident at Chernobyl is now 25 years old. Filmmakers and scientists set out to document the lives of the packs of wolves and other wildlife thriving in the "dead zone" that still surrounds the remains of the reactor.

    • Episode

      Nature: Supersize Crocs

      aired: Thu, Sep 15, 2011

      Gigantic crocodiles,some known to exceed 20 feet, are very, very rare, but still out there in the wild, with a few held in captivity. Renowned herpetologist Romulus Whitaker attempts to ensure the future of the last of these leviathans.

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      Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier: Arctic Wanderers

      aired: Mon, May 23, 2011

      Adventurer and bear biologist Chris Morgan will take us on a motorcycle odyssey deep into the wilds of Alaska. Over a punishing 2,000 mile journey, Chris will explore the amazing resiliency and adaptability of bears through five dramatic Alaskan ecosystems: coastal, urban, mountain, tundra and pack ice.

    • Episode

      Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier: The Road North

      aired: Mon, May 16, 2011

      Adventurer and bear biologist Chris Morgan will take us on a motorcycle odyssey deep into the wilds of Alaska. Over a punishing 2,000 mile journey, Chris will explore the amazing resiliency and adaptability of bears through five dramatic Alaskan ecosystems: coastal, urban, mountain, tundra and pack ice.

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      Nature: Chris Morgan Webcast: Hour 2

      aired: Sun, May 15, 2011

      Ecologist and bear biologist Chris Morgan answers questions live after the first of the three-part series, Bears of the Last Frontier.

    • Episode

      Nature: Chris Morgan Webcast: Hour One

      aired: Thu, May 12, 2011

      Ecologist and bear biologist Chris Morgan answers questions live after the first of the three-part series, Bears of the Last Frontier.

    • Episode

      Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier: City of Bears

      aired: Thu, May 12, 2011

      Chris Morgan sets up camp at a remote spot in the heart of Alaskan wilderness, alongside the largest concentration of grizzlies in the world. The bears are taking advantage of the long days to feed, mate, and raise new cubs. Morgan tracks their progress as they feast on the riches of the season and re-establish the complex hierarchal social dynamics of bear society.

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      Nature: Salmon: Running the Gauntlet

      aired: Mon, May 2, 2011

      The parallel stories of collapsing Pacific salmon populations and how biologists and engineers have become instruments in audacious experiments to replicate every stage of the fish's life cycle. Our once great runs of salmon are now conceived in laboratories, raised in tanks, driven in trucks, and farmed in pens. Here we go beyond the ongoing debate over how to save an endangered species.

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      Nature: Outback Pelicans

      aired: Tue, Apr 12, 2011

      In years of heavy rain, the inhospitable Australian outback transforms into a surprising oasis for Australia's pelicans. They leave coastal homes for the outback. The abundance of food and water makes it the perfect place to breed and raise families. But much about their lives and their journey remains a mystery that researchers are only now beginning to unravel.

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      Nature: Broken Tail: A Tiger's Last Journey

      aired: Mon, Feb 21, 2011

      Stafford-Johnson and local guide, Salim Ali, spent over 600 days following and filming Broken Tail and his family. Then, one day, Broken Tail simply disappeared. A year later, Johnson and Ali heard news that Broken Tail was killed by a train in Darra, 100 miles away from Ranthambhore. This discovery raised new questions. How did Broken Tail travel so far and why did he leave?

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      Nature: Born Wild: The First Days of Life

      aired: Fri, Feb 4, 2011

      From the moment of birth, baby animals in the wild can face almost anything -- from a large social group of interested caregivers to complete abandonment. Yet all wild babies share some things in common -- they must learn whom to trust, what to fear, and when to act -- all in the first days of life.

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      Nature: Birds of the Gods

      aired: Mon, Jan 24, 2011

      Living in the depths of the New Guinean rainforest are birds of unimaginable color and beauty. To find these birds in New Guinea is not easy, and to witness their extraordinary mating displays is even tougher. David Attenborough introduces a young team of New Guinean scientists on a grueling expedition to find and film these Birds of Paradise; the holy grail of wildlife filmmakers

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      Nature: White Falcon, White Wolf

      aired: Sun, Jan 16, 2011

      On Canada's Ellesmere Island, the race is to raise families. Last summer, a nesting gyrfalcon pair failed to raise any young. The rare Arctic wolves rely on every member of the pack to chase and bring down the prey that keep them alive. For the wolves and the falcons, as well for the snowy owls, lemmings, foxes and hares who share this fragile ecosystem, the future is never certain.

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      Nature: Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story

      aired: Mon, Jan 10, 2011

      2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of "Born Free" -- a book and then a film that changed forever the way we think about wildlife. What has happened to lions since this story? What has happened to the people featured in the film? And what has "Born Free" taught us?

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      Nature: Braving Iraq

      aired: Sun, Nov 7, 2010

      In the 1990s, the Mesopotamian Marshes were virtually destroyed by Saddam Hussein, but Azzam Alwash is making an extraordinary effort to return life to the green paradise he remembers from his childhood.

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      Nature: A Murder of Crows

      aired: Sun, Oct 24, 2010

      Although cultures around the world may regard the crow as a scavenger, bad omen, or nuisance, this bad reputation might overshadow what could be regarded as the crow's most striking characteristic - its intelligence. New research indicates that crows are among the brightest animals in the world. A Murder of Crows brings you these so-called feathered apes, as you have never seen them before.

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      Nature: Echo: An Elephant to Remember

      aired: Tue, Oct 19, 2010

      Echo, Africa's most famous elephant, was the subject of many films and the matriarch of perhaps the most studied wild elephant herd in the world. In May of 2009, she died of natural causes. This film is a look back at this remarkable animal through extraordinary footage and interviews with the researchers that cared for and studied Echo and her family.

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      Nature: The Joy of Pigs

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      There are little pink pigs, ferocious hairy tuskers, and all manner of pigs in-between. There are pigs in steamy rainforests, dry savannas, and snowy woodlands. From humble beginnings in the jungles of Asia, pigs have become one of the most successful mammals on earth. Our film travels the globe to celebrate their fascinating lives.

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      Nature: A Lemur's Tale

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      Deep in the thorn forests of Madagascar live troops of ring-tailed lemurs, the most beautiful and most social of Madagascar's extraordinary primates. Our story follows five baby lemurs as they try to make their way in the world. In an intimate portrait never before filmed, we learn of their high times, their sufferings, and the special bonds that hold their unique society together.

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      Nature: Wisdom of the Wild

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      We may think of ourselves as the most intelligent beings on the planet, yet it seems there is a great deal we can learn from our fellow creatures. Their understanding of the world pre-dates our own, and carries with it extraordinary abilities to heal, communicate, and transform our lives.

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      Nature: Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      Filmed in the mountains of Montana, this poignant, engrossing chronicle focuses on an extraordinary stallion, whose life has been recorded since his birth in the wild in 1995 by Emmy-winning filmmaker Ginger Kathrens.

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      Nature: Ravens

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      Sheer nerve, character and intelligence have earned ravens a place in myth and legend, everywhere in the world where they are found. But they are also creatures of the heart -- when they find a mate, they bond for life.

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      Nature: Horse and Rider

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      Every relationship between horse and rider rests on a few fundamental principles -- understanding the animal, building trust, communication and working in unison.

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      Nature: Under Antarctic Ice

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      Antarctica. On the surface, it's the bleakest of lands, with ferocious winds, flightless birds, and enough ice to flood half the planet's population if it were to melt. But below that frozen mass, a fantastic environment of indescribable beauty teems with life. NATURE takes viewers into the world that is Under Antarctic Ice.

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      Nature: Shark Mountain

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      Some 300 miles off Costa Rica is Cocos Island, a tiny Pacific outpost that was once a favorite haunt of pirates. Cocos, a designated World Heritage Site, lies directly in the path of powerful ocean currents that often collide with the island, churning the waters into an undersea storm. Welcome to Shark Mountain.

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      Nature: Violent Hawaii

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      The Hawaiian chain of islands, made up of six main islands plus two smaller ones, stretches for more than 1,500 miles through the heart of the Pacific Ocean. It is a place of idyllic beauty. But it is also a land of volcanic fury, raging mountaintop blizzards, dangerous rockslides, monster waves, and even tsunamis.

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      Nature: Snowflake: The White Gorilla

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      In 1967, local villagers in Africa's Equitorial Guinea captured a remarkable baby gorilla with a coat of pure white. The film tells the story of this amazing animal, from his loving upbringing by humans to his eventual death from skin cancer in 2003. It also tracks the revolutionary changes in our understanding of how best to care for gorillas that have taken place during Snowflake's lifetime.

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      Nature: The Venom Cure

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      There are thousands of different animals on this planet whose venom contains components that may be able to help mankind. Venom can potentially be used as coagulants, anti-coagulants, pesticides, pain killers, and cures for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Meet the reptile-chasers and scientists who are researching the venom cure. It's risky, but rewarding, work.

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      Nature: Can Animals Predict Disaster?

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      In interviews with scientists and eyewitnesses, NATURE probes the evidence that some animals may have senses that allow them to predict impending natural disasters long before we can.

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      Nature: In the Valley of the Wolves

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      For almost a decade, the Druid wolves have held the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone. But after reaching 37 members, the largest wolf pack on record, the Druids begin to decline. This is the story of the most famous wolves in America, their battles against rivals, the dramatic twists that banish them from their valley, and the perseverance that brings them home at last.

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      Nature: Crash: A Tale of Two Species

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      This is the story of the fabric of life, and how all species are connected. At its center is the horseshoe crab, a creature that has remained virtually unchanged for eons. Its annual spawning produces millions of eggs that are the lifeline for a tiny bird, the red knot. But horseshoe crab numbers are plummeting, and the pyramid depending on this age-old creature is about to come crashing down.

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      Nature: The Wolf That Changed America

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      In 1893, a bounty hunter named Ernest Thompson Seton journeyed to New Mexico on a mission to kill a dangerous outlaw. Feared by ranchers throughout the region, the outlaw wasn't a pistol-packing cowboy or train-robbing bandit. Lobo, as locals simply called him, was the legendary leader of a band of cattle-killing wolves that had been terrorizing cattle ranchers and their livestock.

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      Nature: The Dragon Chronicles

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      In nearly every culture, ancient maps and legends tell of dragons in our world. Where did these stories come from? Romulus Whitaker, reptile expert and conservationist, combines history with documented science and compelling contemporary reports, and sets off to find out. He encounters lizards large and small that can breathe life into medieval legends even today.

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      Nature: Drakensberg: Barrier of Spears

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      The Drakensberg Mountains are Southern Africa's Alps, rising more than 11,000 feet into the sky. But beneath their beauty lies a hostile environment for the creatures that live there. Each spring, drenching rains destroy the grasslands at the base of the mountains, and those who would survive must climb up sheer cliffs, through storms and snow, to reach the carpets of new grass on the plateau.

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      Nature: Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      In the vast kingdom of Yellowstone National Park, two predators reign supreme: the grizzly bear and the wolf. Size and power square off against speed and teamwork, as mighty grizzlies contend with powerful packs of wolves for control of the food supply. Normally these two hunters would rule their ranges uncontested, but in Yellowstone they must share resources, or face starvation.

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      Nature: Wild Balkans

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      The Balkan Peninsula is notorious for being one of the great battlegrounds of history. And yet, it possesses another side unknown to many, where ancient forests and vast wetlands harbor pristine wilderness, and sheer cliff walls and desolate plateaus preserve a seemingly unchanged past.

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      Nature: Moment of Impact: Hunters & Herds

      aired: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

      The natural world is filled with "moments of impact" when animals come into contact with each other and the world around them. Previously these moments were too fast or too hidden for us to see. But now new camera technologies reveal what's behind these remarkable moments, and cutting edge animations illustrate the "inside story" of animal bioengineering that allows each moment to take place.

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      Nature: Invasion of the Giant Pythons

      aired: Mon, Feb 22, 2010

      Florida's Everglades National Park is one of the last great wildlife refuges in the U.S., home to numerous endangered animals and plants. But the park has become a dumping ground for a variety of non-native species, including what may be tens of thousands of Burmese pythons. Follow scientists and snake hunters as they study the problem and try to find solutions to the growing crisis.

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      Nature: Fellowship of the Whales

      aired: Fri, Nov 13, 2009

      Follow a baby humpback whale as she travels from her birthplace in Hawaii, to feeding grounds off Alaska's coast. Escorted by her mother, this newborn will learn many things along the way. And when the pair returns to Hawaii, this yearling will be ready to take her place in her own community of whales.

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      Nature: Black Mamba

      aired: Fri, Nov 6, 2009

      The black mamba is one of Africa's most dangerous and feared snakes. Most people would kill it on sight. But in the tiny country of Swaziland, one husband and wife team has taken a different approach to the mamba. They've initiated a study that they hope will change perceptions of what they feel is the world's most misunderstood snake.

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      Nature: The Beauty of Ugly

      aired: Tue, Jul 21, 2009

      In the natural world, beauty can be many things -- including what we might find completely repulsive. Not only can the bizarre be attractive, it can also provide just the edge a creature needs to succeed in a difficult environment. From frogfish and hagfish to naked mole rats and elephant seals, we learn how and why ugly can be beautiful, even when it isn't pretty.

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      Nature: The Gorilla King

      aired: Tue, Jul 7, 2009

      Among the mountain gorillas of Rwanda, Titus reigns as king. In the decades that followed his birth in 1974, Titus was orphaned and abandoned, survived poachers, and overcame the deadly challenges of his rivals. Researchers and conservationists recount his triumphant story as they share their memories and archival footage of Titus, from his days as a newborn to his rise to power as a silverback.

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      Nature: Why We Love Cats and Dogs

      aired: Fri, Jun 5, 2009

      Americans own 73 million dogs and 90 million cats. They become best friends, soul mates, family members -- even surrogate children. Relationships with cats and dogs are some of the longest and most intimate of our lives. Why are we so attached? Animal behavior experts, evolutionary biologists, veterinarians, and pet owners share insights and observations about these animals and their impact on us.

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      Nature: Cloud's Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns

      aired: Thu, Mar 5, 2009

      In Cloud's Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns, Cloud is now a band stallion with a mare and her children, a yearling and a foal. Meanwhile, Cloud's own child, which has a telltale golden coat, lives with another herd and will never know him as his father.

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      Nature: Ireland

      aired: Thu, Mar 5, 2009

      Although green is its emblematic color, Ireland's verdant fields are not the nation's only extraordinary natural features. Sculpted millions of years ago by the advance and retreat of vast shields of ice, the Emerald Isle harbors a wealth of wildlife among its craggy mountains, fog-shrouded coastlines, steep gorges, and vast networks of inland waterways.

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      Nature: Holy Cow

      aired: Thu, Mar 5, 2009

      About 8,000 years ago, the relationship between cows and man began with the revolutionary advent of domestication in Mesopotamia, the Indus River Valley, and Africa. Discover how cows have altered human life, human biology, and the geography of the world.

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