All the Pretty Horses – 7 Breeds You Should Know

All the Pretty Horses – 7 Breeds You Should Know

Our two-part series, Equus "Story of the Horse," explores the origins of the modern day horse, as well as the ways this remarkable animal plays a vital role in our lives. With over 400 various breeds, the horse is one extremely diverse species - some have been bred for specific tasks, others for beauty, some even just for play! Allow us to break down just […]

Will Climate Change Drive a New Species of Crossbill to Extinction?

Will Climate Change Drive a New Species of Crossbill to Extinction?

Most songbirds head south for the winter, as food supplies disappear, returning to breed in the spring, when booming insect populations can satisfy clamoring broods. Not crossbills. This colorful finch, which inhabits coniferous forests around the world, breeds most anytime thanks to a highly specialized beak that can extract seeds from pine cones throughout the year. But, for a newly discovered crossbill species, this custom-made […]

Bringing the Past to Life in Technicolor

Bringing the Past to Life in Technicolor

One of the most important features of animals is their color. Whether it be to attract a mate or hide from a predator, color is involved in most aspects of animal behavior and influences how well they survive and pass on their genes to future generations. Once thought impossible, scientists can now tell what colors many extinct animals may have been.

What to Watch: January

What to Watch: January

Happy New Year NATURE fans! We’re starting the year off strong with new premieres and a couple of classics from the NATURE archive. Here’s our monthly rundown of can’t-miss programs. Watch by tuning in on PBS or streaming online beginning the day after each program airs. January 2 – Fox Tales Intelligent, resilient and bold, […]

Did A Caribou Help Fly Santa’s Sleigh?

Did A Caribou Help Fly Santa’s Sleigh?

When a radio-collared caribou went missing from a study population in Canada last December, researchers assumed it had died or been killed. Then when it showed up again just days after Christmas, new theories of just where the caribou had been started circulating.

Nature Reads Round Up

Nature Reads Round Up

If you find yourself with a little extra time over the next couple weeks, get caught up with the latest news in science and nature...

How to Spot Owls this Winter

How to Spot Owls this Winter

If the cold weather and dark skies of the season are starting to get you down, take a cue from our NATURE contributor Susan Brackney and try these tips for owl spotting - a perfect winter past time to help get you through the bleakest time of year.

Bighorn Sheep Have a Problem with Their Domestic Relatives

Bighorn Sheep Have a Problem with Their Domestic Relatives

Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) can catch a bacteria, Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae, from domestic sheep that causes pneumonia in the wild sheep and, often, death. Researchers noted a correlation between the introduction of domestic sheep and the rapid disappearance of bighorn sheep as early as 1928 and pneumonia remains a significant problem for the wild species today.