Nature Returns for 41st Season with Stories of Conservation and Climate Change, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Beginning October 19 on PBS

Air date: 10/19/2022

Features new documentaries about the Great East African Migration, wild dogs, woodpeckers, ocelots, shorebirds and more

Preview Season 41 at pbs.org/nature

 

(NEW YORK – August 29, 2022) The WNET Group’s Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning series Nature announced its upcoming season with new episodes Wednesdays at 8 p.m. beginning October 19 on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/nature and the PBS Video app. Season 41 opens with Running with the Beest, a new film which tracks the Great East African Migration, one of the most impressive mass movements of land animals on Earth. However, climate change, tourism and modern-day conflicts are threatening this migration of more than one million wildebeest across East Africa.

Conservation stories are at the forefront of Nature’s upcoming season. Learn why ocelots in the United States are on the verge of extinction and why shorebird populations are crashing. A recently discovered coral reef may reveal insights into how to save reefs all around the world. From Scotland to Costa Rica, and Niagara Falls to South Texas, witness some of the world’s most spectacular animal behavior and landscapes, discover new information about animal favorites, and learn what is being done to protect these environments, all through the latest filmmaking technology.

“This new season showcases the push and pull between the natural world and humanity,” said Fred Kaufman, executive producer for Nature. “As the world continues to change, Nature maintains its mission to provide a voice to the wildlife whose stories need to be told.”

New Nature Season 41 documentaries include:

Nature: Running with the Beest (Season 41 premiere)
Premieres Wednesday, October 19 at 8 p.m. on PBS

The Great Migration in East Africa is a spectacle that can be seen from space and is one of the most impressive mass movements of land animals on Earth.  Over a million wildebeest, alongside zebra, gazelle and elands journey in a quest to find fresh grass. Two Maasai guides, Derrick Nabaala and Evalyn Sintoya, have spent the last 10 years tracking the wildebeest as they migrate through Kenya’s Mara ecosystem. The great migration is part of their cultural heritage, and they expose the modern-day conflict between people and wildlife and share new ideas for co-existence in a changing world.

Nature—Canada: Surviving the Wild North
Premieres Wednesday, October 26 at 8 p.m. on PBS

Canada is a vast country, with the largest intact forest on the planet, more than two million lakes and rivers, and the longest coastline on Earth. This wild and rugged outpost is home to some of the world’s most astonishing wildlife, such as polar bears, coastal wolves, Canada lynx and harp seals. Journey from the high arctic and tundra and to the boreal forests, to discover how life manages to survive in the Wild North, where getting the timing right and seizing seasonal opportunities can make the difference between life and death.

Nature—Woodpeckers: The Hole Story
Premieres Wednesday, November 2 at 8 p.m. on PBS

239 species of woodpeckers live on every continent except Antarctica and Australia, playing a powerful role in every ecosystem they inhabit. Woodpeckers come in all shapes and sizes, each uniquely engineered for their particular lifestyles. Filmmaker Ann Johnson Prum (Nature: Super Hummingbirds) pecks away at what makes woodpeckers so special.

Nature: American Ocelot
Premieres Wednesday, November 9 at 8 p.m. on PBS

Wildlife filmmaker Ben Masters follows one of the United States’ most endangered wild cats: the ocelot. Go on a brush dive into the deep South Texas chaparral to meet the biologists studying the rare cats, the ranchers with the habitat and the cats themselves. Through camera trap cinematography, witness a never-before-seen glimpse into the struggle, love and determination required of a mother ocelot to raise her young successfully.

Nature: WILDHEART
Premieres Wednesday, January 18 at 8 p.m. on PBS 

Resilient and strong, the Scots pine tree is a symbol of Scotland. Standing firm against the assaults of a fickle climate, the Scots pine is at the center of a complex ecosystem offering a home to wildlife, from the iconic golden eagle to the feisty red squirrel. But as one of Scotland’s longest living species, it’s also been witness to the island’s history. The film depicts 500 years in the life of a Scots pine and its ever-changing wild, highland home. 

Nature: Soul of the Ocean
Premieres Wednesday, January 25 at 8 p.m. on PBS 

Acclaimed underwater filmmaker Howard Hall (Nature: Shark Mountain) returns to Nature with a never-before-seen look at how life underwater co-exists in a marriage of necessity. Spectacular underwater cinematography reveals communities of interdependent marine species and highlights the critical role biodiversity plays in maintaining a healthy ocean.     

Dogs in the Wild, A Nature Miniseries (3-part special)
Premieres Wednesdays, February 8-22 at 8 p.m. on PBS 

One family, 37 different faces. This ambitious miniseries travels the globe with an eye toward revealing the secrets of the most successful carnivore on the planet: the canids. From the recognizable and familiar like foxes, wolves, African wild dogs and coyotes to the lesser-known ones like the Japanese raccoon dog, New Guinea singing dog, dholes and dingoes, canids have conquered every continent except Antarctica. 

Nature: The Hummingbird Effect (working title)
Premieres Wednesday, April 12 at 8 p.m. on PBS 

Discover how tiny Hummingbirds influence their many flowering kingdoms and their ripple effects on macaws, quetzals, monkeys, tapirs, and coatis. Set in the exotic landscapes of Costa Rica. 

Nature: Niagara Falls (working title)
Premieres Wednesday, April 19 at 8 p.m. on PBS 

Niagara Falls is a geological wonder, one of the most famous waterfalls in the world and an epic sight for tourists who have been visiting the attraction for 200 years. The area around Niagara Falls is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Joe Pontecorvo (Nature: Yosemite, Snow Monkeys) showcases this iconic North American natural resource over the course of a year. 

Nature: The Secret Crown (working title)
Premieres Wednesday, April 26 at 8 p.m. on PBS 

In 2013, a fisherman in Guatemala, who is struggling to feed his family, is forced further offshore in a search for food. In an act of desperation, he guns his small boat straight out to sea and into dangerous waters. With no land in sight, the sun blazing, the fisherman cuts his engine and peers over the side of his boat. His expression transforms to utter disbelief. He is sitting atop a coral reef, five times the size of Manhattan and teeming with life, that no one knew existed. It is like a window back in time when Caribbean corals were thriving. The discovery is part of an even bigger story, marking an exciting new chapter in understanding corals, the fish that need them and the battle to save coral reefs all over the world.  

Nature: Flyways (working title)
Premieres Wednesday, May 3 at 8 p.m. on PBS 

Shorebirds fly thousands of miles each year along ancient and largely unknown migratory routes called Flyways. Species travel from feeding grounds in the southern hemisphere to breeding grounds in the Arctic regions and back again, flying up to nine days non-stop without food or water. But now, their populations are crashing. Follow a conservation movement of bird-loving experts and citizen scientists as they mobilize to the challenge of understanding and saving these birds. 

Led by executive producer Fred Kaufman, Nature pioneered a television genre that is now widely emulated in the broadcast industry, bringing the natural world to millions of viewers. Consistently among the most-watched primetime series on PBS, Nature continues to innovate through original digital programming and a commitment to converting viewers into doers. The series has won more than 700 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film communities and environmental organizations, including 20 Emmys and three Peabodys. Nature received two of the wildlife film industry’s highest honors: the Christopher Parsons Outstanding Achievement Award given by the Wildscreen Festival, and the Grand Teton Award given by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The International Wildlife Film Festival honored Kaufman with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Media.

Nature’s award-winning website, pbs.org/nature, features full episodes, short films, digital series, behind-the-scenes content, news articles, educational resources and more. Nature’s Webby-nominated podcast, Going Wild with Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant, is launching its second season this fall. The series is available for streaming concurrent with broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and VIZIO. PBS station members can view many series, documentaries and specials via PBS Passport. For more information about PBS Passport, visit the PBS Passport FAQ website.

Nature is a production of The WNET Group for PBS. Fred Kaufman is Executive Producer. Bill Murphy is Series Producer. Janet Hess is Series Editor. Danielle Broza is Digital Content & Strategy Lead.

Support for Nature is made possible in part by the Arnhold Foundation, The Fairweather Foundation, Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao, Charles Rosenblum, Sarah and Sandra Lyu, Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, Gregg Peters Monsees Foundation, Koo and Patricia Yuen, Arlene and Milton D. Berkman, Sandra Atlas Bass, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.

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