‘Nature’ welcomes spring’s rejuvenation Wednesday nights

Whether by land, air or water, experience the splendors and compelling stories of the natural world from all over the globe as “Nature” returns to Arizona PBS Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. this spring.

For years, this series has delivered the best in original natural history films to audiences nationwide. “Nature” has won more than 700 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community and environmental organizations, including 16 Emmys, three Peabodys and the first award given to a television program by the Sierra Club.

March 20: Charlie and the Curious Otters 

Filmmaker Charlie Hamilton James follows the story of three curious river otter orphans in Wisconsin and visits otters all over the globe. Join him as he uncovers the secrets to the otter’s survival with innovative experiments, cameras and CGI. Watch online.

March 27: The Cheetah Children

For nearly two years in the forested hills of Zimbabwe, wildlife cameraman Kim Wolhuter shadowed a wild cheetah family on foot, to reveal in intimate detail the cubs’ remarkable journey to adulthood and their mother’s dedication in raising them. Watch online.

April 3: Forest of the Lynx

Kalkalpen National Park in the Austrian Alps was abandoned and unmanaged by man for close to a quarter of a century. Now the forest’s dramatic cycle of regeneration is bringing back pygmy owls, woodpeckers, colorful insects and even the lynx. Watch online.

April 10: The Egg: Life’s Perfect Invention

New — The egg is perhaps nature’s most perfect life support system. Step by step as the egg hatches, host Sir David Attenborough reveals the wonder behind these incredible miracles of nature. Watch online.

April 17: Big Birds Can’t Fly

Explore the evolution and unique stories of ostriches, emus, rheas, cassowaries and kiwis. Though it’s said a bird is three things – feathers, flight and song – these birds can’t fly or sing, and their feathers are closer to fluff.

April 24: Sex, Lies and Butterflies

Follow the astounding abilities of butterflies 360 vision, deceptive camouflage, chemical weaponry and fantastic flight. Look beyond their bright colors and fragile beauty and follow them on one of the greatest migrations on earth. Watch online.

Monday, April 29: American Spring LIVE: Birth and Rebirth

New — Acclaimed news anchor Juju Chang hosts this multi-platform event spanning three days. Part one traces the green wave that sweeps across the continent in spring so you can see how the rising temperatures and longer days spur plants to awaken and flower. Animals go through their own transformations, seeking out newly abundant resources, moving from winter homes to summer breeding grounds or emerging from hibernation. Learn how both plants and animals have incorporated seasonal change into their life cycles and successful reproductive strategies – all demonstrated by the birth of a lamb in Maine. Read more about this miniseries. | Watch online.

Tuesday, April 30: American Spring LIVE: Migration

New — Part two follows breeding and the green landscape are tied to another major spectacle of spring: the mass movements of animals as they take advantage of spring’s bounty. Meet the scientists who track these journeys, often over vast distances, from winter refuge to spring nesting grounds. As they attempt to uncover the precise triggers and timing of migration and its impact on other animal species, the scientists grapple with how these patterns and behaviors may shift due to climate change. Watch online.

Wednesday, May 1: American Spring LIVE: Connections

New — Nature’s perfect partnerships, precisely synchronized, have evolved over thousands of years. Learn how plants and animals depend on each other to survive. See first-hand how climate change can break those connections, altering the timing of weather and plant growth, and disrupting the delicate relationships between plants and pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Watch online.

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