When someone shot the last wolf in Yellowstone National Park in 1926, they probably gave no thought to the effect that action might have on trees. But the absence of apex predators –those animals at the top of the food chain, such as lions, sharks and wolves – causes changes that cascade throughout an ecosystem, in this case, right down to its plants.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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, […]
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.
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...
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.
In conjunction with our new short film Living With Snow Leopards, Charu Mishra & Matt Fiechter of the Snow Leopard Trust provide further insights on how they are tackling the issue of conservation by approaching it from a different angle that is proving to be far more effective and sustainable.