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NATURE Season 40 Preview


New documentaries about the Rocky Mountains, every known species of penguin, American horses, Animals with Cameras and more.

The WNET Group’s Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning series Nature celebrates its 40th anniversary with new episodes Wednesdays at 8 p.m. beginning October 20 on PBS (check local listings), and the PBS Video app.

MY GARDEN OF A THOUSAND BEES | Wednesday, October 20

A veteran wildlife cameraman is bee-obsessed. Seeking refuge from the pandemic in a small city garden, he is filming the wild bees that live there with mind-blowing results. From giant bumblebees to scissor bees the size of a mosquito, he has seen more than 60 species of bee. But more importantly, he is developing a close relationship with an individual bee he follows through its entire life.

SEASON OF THE OSPREY | Wednesday, October 27

A veteran pair of ospreys return home to a Connecticut saltmarsh. Over one summer they must battle their enemies, withstand the elements, and hunt hundreds of fish, all to raise the next generation of these consummate sea hawks.

THE ELEPHANT AND THE TERMITE | Wednesday, November 3

Witness the creation of one of Africa’s greatest wildlife meeting places and the site of extraordinary drama: the waterhole. From mighty elephants to tiny termites, an entire community of creatures call the waterhole their home.

BORN IN THE ROCKIES (two-part special) | Wednesdays, November 10 & 17

Journey deep into the wild heart of North America’s Rocky Mountains and experience this rugged land through the eyes of its iconic wildlife. Follow the drama as newborns make their way in one of the world’s most challenging and spectacular habitats on Earth.

ANIMALS WITH CAMERAS 2 (two-part special) | Winter/ Spring 2022

Animals become wildlife cinematographers when they are fitted with lightweight, specially designed cameras in this two-part series that feature turtles, sharks, koalas, bats, kangaroos and more. Our animal “camera specialists” reveal behavior new to scientists.

PENGUINS: MEET THE FAMILY | Winter/ Spring 2022

A celebration of one of Earth’s most iconic and beloved birds, featuring footage of all 17 species of penguins for the first time, from New Zealand, Cape Town, the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica.

THE OCEAN’S GREATEST FEAST | Winter/ Spring 2022

New filming technology brings the story of South Africa’s annual sardine run vividly to life like never before. Between May and July each year, the sardine run sees billions of sardines spawning and travelling up the coast, providing a feast for an array of marine predators.

AMERICAN HORSES | Winter/ Spring 2022

Following the popularity of Equus: Story of the Horse, Nature turns its cameras to the uniquely American horse breeds that helped shape our nation, such as the Mustang, Appaloosa, Morgan and Quarter Horse.

RUNNING WITH THE BEEST | Winter/ Spring 2022

It is one of nature’s most spectacular events – the million-strong wildebeest migration across the heart of East Africa culminating in the dramatic moment they must cross the Mara River. See how this iconic wildlife event is a major moment in the life cycle for every predator, prey and scavenger involved.

*Dates and information subject to change.


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