What to Watch April


Male swan on nest

Spring has officially sprung and we couldn’t be more thrilled about this month’s line up of shows culminating in our very first live, multi-platform broadcast, American Spring LIVE. Here’s a look at all the shows we’re serving up for April…

April 3 – Forest of the Lynx

Austria’s Kalkalpen National Park is the largest track of wilderness in the Alps, but it wasn’t always that way. The park was once the site of major logging and mining operations, but those activities ceased more than two decades ago. Three years in the making, Forest of the Lynx chronicles life in this remote wilderness and the complex partnerships among plants, insects, animals and trees.

April 10 – The Egg: Life’s Perfect Invention

The egg is perhaps nature’s most perfect life support system. Step by step as the egg hatches, host David Attenborough reveals the wonder behind these incredible miracles of nature.

April 17 – Big Birds Can’t Fly

It may seem strange that among the more than 10,000 bird species in the world today is a group that literally cannot fly or sing, and whose wings are more fluff than feather. These are the ratites: the ostrich, emu, rhea, kiwi and cassowary. How and why these birds abandoned flight has puzzled scientists since Darwin’s time, but DNA and dedicated research are helping to solve these mysteries.

April 24 – Sex, Lies and Butterflies

Explore the astounding abilities of butterflies – deceptive camouflage, chemical weaponry, and fantastic flight. Look beyond their bright colors and fragile beauty as you follow them on one of the greatest migrations on Earth.

April 29, 30 & May 1 – American Spring LIVE

Acclaimed news anchor Juju Chang will host the multi-platform event, with on-camera experts, including biologist Thor Hanson and entomologist Phil Torres, showing springtime phenomena in various locations across the country, in ecosystems ranging from the Rockies to the Everglades, from inner-city parks to remote wilderness preserves. The series will include a mix of live and pre-taped footage highlighting some of the most pivotal events in nature’s calendar.

Remember to tune in on Wednesdays at 8|7c on PBS (check local listings) and join us both on the air and on Facebook, beginning the final Monday of the month for American Spring LIVE. Happy April Viewing!