The Gathering Swarms

About

A look at some of the planet’s great gatherings, creatures that come together in inconceivable numbers – sometimes in millions, billions, and even trillions. Included are bats and bees, locust and ants, monarch butterflies in Mexico, 17-year cicada hatches, grunion in the Sea of Cortez and carp in the Mississippi River, sardine runs off the coast of South Africa, super flocks of parakeets in the Australian Outback, mayflies on the 4th of July, and even penguins and wildebeest. Some gather to breed or to migrate, some for protection, some simply to keep warm in the cold. But in the process, a kind of super-organism is created in which individual intelligence is superseded by a collective consciousness that shares information and moves with a single purpose for the benefit of all. Check out swarm intelligence, essentially a living embodiment of social media in the natural world.

The Gathering Swarms premiered May 21, 2014.

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NARRATED BY
JAY O. SANDERS

PHOTOGRAPHY
NEIL RETTIG
MARK PAYNE-GILL
JONATHAN JONES
MICHAEL W. RICHARDS
PHILIP DALTON
RICHARD JONES
LINDSAY CUPPER
STEPHEN DOWNER
CHARLES MAXWELL
FREDERIQUE OLIVIER

EDITOR
STUART NAPIER

DUBBING EDITOR
PAUL COWGILL

DUBBING MIXER
STEPHEN WILLIAMS
PETER DAVIES

MUSIC
WILL GREGORY
STUART GORDON
STEVEN FAUX

SPECIAL THANKS
BAT CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL
BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES
NORMAN GARY
FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION
ILLINOIS NATURAL HISTORY SURVEY
INSTITUT POLAIRE FRANÇAIS PAUL-EMILE VICTOR
LAURA JOHNSON
RSA DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
TERRES AUSTRALES ET ANTARCTIQUES FRANÇAISE
WILSON SHANGE

SCIENTIFIC CONSULTANTS
PROFESSOR IAIN COUZIN
DOCTOR GENE KRITSKY
DOCTOR CASPAR SCHONING
DR. DONALD A. THOMSON

POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
ANNA FULLER

COLORIST
DANIEL BEARE

PRODUCTION MANAGER
EMMA BALLINGER

HEAD OF PRODUCTION
ANNA THOMAS

PRODUCERS
PHILIP DALTON
MATTHEW GORDON
ROB PILLEY

WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY
JOHN DOWNER

© 2014 JOHN DOWNER PRODUCTIONS
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FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
JANICE YOUNG

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

LEGAL COUNSEL
BLANCHE ROBERTSON

WEB PRODUCER
MEREDITH HEIL

BUDGET CONTROLLER
KAREN FEIGENBAUM

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

ONLINE EDITOR
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

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