‘Nature’ explores the wild on Wednesday nights

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

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.

Apr. 29: “Spy in the Wild: The Tropics”

Our spy animals are once again living amongst wild animals to get a deeper glimpse into their lives. The second season of “Spy in the Wild” starts off by investigating the wildlife that thrives in the tropics. They infiltrate a hippo pod, a nursery of red flying foxes, a gorilla sanctuary and the secret world of pygmy forest elephants. Watch online.

May 6: “Spy in the Wild: The North”

Travel to the Northern Hemisphere, where the spy creatures learn how animals move, feed and fight. A spy hummingbird films millions of butterflies, and a spy squirrel finds itself in a battle. A spy beaver watches other beavers building dams. Watch online.

May 13: “Spy in the Wild: The Islands”

Explore the islands of the South Pacific with creatures like the spy koala, who captures breeding behavior in Australia, or the spy crab, who joins an army of red crabs on their march to the sea to deposit their eggs. Watch online.

May 20: “Spy in the Wild: The Poles”

From penguin chicks to elephant seals, and wolf cubs to polar bears, the spy creatures meet and observe the hardiest and most charismatic animals in the Arctic and Antarctic circles. Watch online.

May 27: “Sex, Lies and Butterflies”

Butterflies have been flying around our planet for more than 50 million years, and today around 20,000 different species inhabit the globe. Follow their lives from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to the emergence of the full-blown, winged creature. Watch online.

June 17: “Spy in the Wild: Love”

Spy Creatures explore the rarely seen emotions of animals, revealing whether they are as strong and complex as our own. Join the spycams as they are accepted into a wild dog pack, witness elephant love, and are mourned by a troop of monkeys.

June 24: “Spy in the Wild: Intelligence”

Spy Creatures infiltrate the world of animal intelligence, ingenuity and creativity. Watch our spies disguised as animals observe a gray squirrel stealing Spy Nut, a sea otter cracking open a meal, and an orangutan washing with soap.

July 1: “Spy in the Wild: Friendship”

Spy Creatures and their new wild friends rely on each other to look out for predators. A Spy Meerkat babysits meerkat pups while a Spy Cobra pretends to attack the mob. Spy Crocs witness a convenient partnership between real crocodiles and birds.

July 8: “Spy in the Wild: Bad Behavior”

Infiltrate the underground world of animal mischief, crime and retribution. Spy Monkey is caught in the crossfire as real monkeys fight over beach bar alcohol. Spy Egret becomes a waterhole victim when elephants throw mud everywhere.

July 15: “Spy in the Wild: Meet the Spies”

The final “making of” episode takes us through the evolution of Spy Creatures from the original BoulderCam to the PenguinCams that inspired the “spycams” in this series. Marvel and laugh at unexpected and funny moments from the Spy Creatures’ POV

July 22: “Animals with Cameras: Part 1”

See a side of the animal kingdom where humans can’t go when animals become the cinematographers. Astonishing collar-camera footage reveals newborn Kalahari Meerkats¬† below the ground for the first time, unveils the hunting skills of Magellanic penguins and follows the treetop progress of an orphaned chimpanzee.

July 29: “Animals with Cameras: Part 2”

The cameras capture young cheetahs learning to hunt in Namibia, reveal how fur seals of an Australian island evade the great white sharks offshore and help solve a conflict between South African farmers and chacma baboons.

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