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Rainy Springs Bring Disaster for Nesting Tree Swallows

American Spring LIVE: Episode 1 - Birth and Rebirth

Rainy Springs Bring Disaster for Nesting Tree Swallows

Concern about how climate change affects food security usually focuses on agriculture in resource-poor countries. But disruptions to weather patterns threaten food supplies for wildlife too.

Living With The Enemy – How Some Birds Keep their Young Safe

American Spring LIVE: Episode 1 - Birth and Rebirth

Living With The Enemy – How Some Birds Keep their Young Safe

Every parent wants to ensure their offspring are safe, but certain birds have taken this desire for safety to a whole new level. Read on to see how some birds have taken to literally living with predators as a way to protect their young.

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The Egg: Life’s Perfect Invention

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How is an egg made? Why are they the shape they are? And perhaps most importantly, why lay an egg at all? Step by step as the egg hatches, host David Attenborough reveals the wonder behind these incredible miracles of nature.

 Facebook Live with Peter Marra

American Spring LIVE: Episode 1 - Birth and Rebirth

Facebook Live with Peter Marra

As another sneak peek into what we can expect during our three-day live broadcast, we connected with migrating bird expert, Peter Marra. Watch to learn more about the process of tracking the birds' migrations and Pete's work with the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.

 Episode 1: Birth and Rebirth Preview

American Spring LIVE: Episode 1 - Birth and Rebirth

Episode 1: Birth and Rebirth Preview

Spring is a time of birth and rebirth for plants and animals across the country. Join us for night one of a three-night adventure about the season that sets the natural world in motion.

 The clever way the tiniest bird warms her nest

The Egg: Life’s Perfect Invention

The clever way the tiniest bird warms her nest

This little goldcrest may not be big enough to cover all her eggs, but thanks to a unique technique she can still keep them warm. The secret to her success can only be revealed through thermal cameras and has been caught on film for the very first time.

 How an Egg Hatches

The Egg: Life’s Perfect Invention

How an Egg Hatches

How is it possible that an egg can be strong enough to provide protection, yet soft enough that a baby bird can break through? See the remarkable way hatchlings are able to break out of their eggs.