Nature: American Spring LIVE

Nature: American Spring LIVE

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Hummingbird nest with eggs.

Credit: Courtesy of Ann Johnson Prum / © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Witness the change of seasons in real time.

Spring is one of nature’s greatest performances – a time of rebirth, renewed energy and dramatic transformations. For three consecutive nights, Monday, April 29 through Wednesday, May 1 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV, Nature: American Spring LIVE presents the change from winter to spring in real time from iconic locations across America. Each episode will be available to stream the following day on and PBS apps.

Acclaimed news anchor Juju Chang will host the multi-platform event from Yosemite National Park, with on-camera experts, including author and biologist Thor Hanson (“Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees”), 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.

A diverse group of researchers and citizen scientists will investigate how a wide range of organisms respond to the change of seasons. They will share their insights into the natural world, reveal new technologies that make their discoveries possible and encourage audiences to join the adventure of science.

Each episode is built around a central theme chosen to reveal how the new season triggers extraordinary biological change. Additional tentative live locations include the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, Florida’s Everglades, San Francisco, a sheep farm in Maine, and Texas’s Frio Bat Cave and Gulf Coast.

To encourage citizen science participation during the broadcast and beyond, Nature: American Spring LIVE has partnered with the Celebrate Urban Birds and Bird Cams projects (Cornell Lab of Ornithology), The Great Sunflower Project (San Francisco State University), The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab), Track-a-Lilac with Nature’s Notebook (USA National Phenology Network), SciStarter (Arizona State University), Next Avenue (Twin Cities PBS), and the National Park Service.  

Nature: American Spring LIVE is the finale of Nature’s 37th season on PBS. The series has won more than 700 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film communities and environmental organizations, including 18 Emmys and three Peabody Awards. Nature is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and PBS. For Nature, Fred Kaufman is Executive Producer, Bill Murphy is Series Producer and Janet Hess is Series Editor. American Spring LIVE is a production of Berman Productions, Inc. and THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET. Al Berman is Executive Producer and Ann Johnson Prum is Senior Producer.

Nature: American Spring LIVE was made possible in part by the National Science Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation. Additional financial support was provided by the Arnhold Family in memory of Clarisse Arnhold, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao, the Anderson Family Fund, the Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, the Halmi Family in memory of Robert Halmi, Sr., Sandra Atlas Bass, Doris R. and Robert J. Thomas, Charles Rosenblum, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and by the nation’s public television stations.

Nature is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and PBS. American Spring LIVE is a production of Berman Productions, Inc. and THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET.

Major support for Nature: American Spring LIVE was provided by the National Science Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation.

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