Week of October 26
Monday, October 26
11:00am Nature “Super Hummingbirds"
Enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds through high-speed cameras and breakthrough science. For the first time, see them mate, fight and raise families. They are super hummingbirds-great athletes, yet tender moms who are up for any challenge!
Watch the show here: https://www.pbs.org/video/nature-super-hummingbirds-full-episode/
Tuesday, October 27
11:00am H is for Hawk: A New Chapter
Helen Macdonald's best-selling book H Is for Hawk told the saga of a grieving daughter who found healing in training a goshawk. Now she digs deeper into the world of these raptors by following a family in the wild and raising a goshawk of her own.
Watch the show here: https://www.pbs.org/video/h-hawk-new-chapter-apxkhv/
Wednesday, October 28
What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a creature's eyes and wondered: what is it thinking about? What does it really know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In this mini-series, NOVA explores these breakthroughs through three iconic creatures: dogs, birds and dolphins. We'll travel into the spectacularly nuanced noses of dogs and wolves, and ask whether their reliance on different senses has shaped their evolution. We'll see through the eyes of a starling in flight and test the tool-using skills of the smartest of birds, the crow. We'll listen in as scientists track dolphins in the Caribbean and elephants on the African savannah, trying to unlock the secrets of animal communication. As we discover how researchers are pushing the animal mind to its limits, we'll uncover surprising similarities to -- and differences from -- the human mind.
Today, researchers are discovering that some creatures have mastered skills purportedly restricted to humans. Many are bird brains. Meet a cockatoo with a talent for picking locks; a wild crow on a mission to solve an eight-step puzzle; and a tame raven who can solve a puzzle box so quickly that his performance has to be captured with high-speed photography. Are these skills really evidence of high intelligence or just parlor tricks, the result of training and instinct? To find out, NOVA tests the limits of some of the planet's brainiest animals, searching for the secrets of a problem-solving mind.
Show not available online.
Watch a preview here: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/inside-animal-minds-bird-genius/
Thursday, October 29
11:00am Nova “Eagle Power”
What makes eagles so remarkable? Researchers study one special bird, revealing her exceptional strength, eyesight and flying skills. Meanwhile, in-the-nest footage of a new bald eagle family captures the drama of chicks struggling to survive.
Watch the show here: https://www.pbs.org/video/eagle-power-zoo1gc/ (Passport Required)
Friday, October 30
11:00am Journey of the Whooping Crane
Journey of the Whooping Crane is a new documentary. It is about the Whooping which is the tallest bird in North America. It's an endangered species, and one of the rarest animals on earth. In 1940, there were thought to be only 14 individuals surviving in the wild. Today, through the conservation efforts of many, the wild population has over 400 birds and growing.
Show not available online.
Watch a preview here: http://whooping-crane.org/