“AMERICAN SPRING LIVE”

April 30, 2019 at 5:00 am

For three days PBS’ Nature goes live across America with an unprecedented look at the change from winter to spring in real time. We have your preview.

For more information on “American Spring Live,” click here. 

Aired on April 29, 2019.

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>>> SPRING IS ONE OF NATURE'S
GREATEST PERFORMANCES.
AND FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS
THIS WEEK, THE PBS AWARD WINNING
SERIES "NATURE" WILL SPOTLIGHT
THE MAGIC OF SPRING BY
BROADCASTING LIVE FROM ICONIC
LOCATIONS ACROSS AMERICA.
FROM THE SIERRA NEVADA TO THE
EVERGLADES, FROM INNER CITY
PARKS TO REMOTE WILDERNESS
RESERVES, AMERICAN SPRING LIFE
WILL HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE MOST
PIVOTAL MOMENTS IN NATURE'S
CALENDAR.
HERE IS A PREVIEW.
>> THIS SPRING --
>> THEY'RE GOING TO COME BYMENT
WE'RE GOING TO GET SOME SHOTS.
>> NATURE GOES LIVE.
>> IF YOU CAN FIND THE BIRD, YOU
CAN FIND THE NEST.
>> AMERICAN SPRING LIVE.
IT'S A THREE-NIGHT ADVENTURE
WHERE SCIENTISTS WILL MAKE
REAL-TIME DISCOVERIES.
>> I THINK THIS HAS HATCHED
TODAY.
>> ABOUT THE SEASON THAT SETS
THE NATURAL WORLD IN MOTION.
THIS YEAR, SPRING IS COMING TO
YOU LIVE ON "NATURE."
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>> AND JOINING US NOW TO TELL US
MORE ABOUT "AMERICAN SPRING
LIVE" IS THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
OF "NATURE" FRED KAUFMAN.
FRED, WELCOME BACK TO THE
PROGRAM.
SO, FRED, SPRING IS A BEAUTIFUL
SEASON, AND THE WEATHER IS
USUALLY NICE.
NOT ALWAYS.
BUT ASIDE FROM THAT, WHY SPRING?
>> WELL, SPRING IS REALLY --
IT'S NATURE'S GREATEST OUTDOOR
PARTY.
EVERYTHING HAPPENS IN SPRING.
EVERYBODY COMES OUT.
THERE IS REAL EXCITEMENT.
THE LONGER DAYS, THE WARMING
TEMPERATURES, THE MELTING SNOW
TRIGGERS A LOT OF ACTIVITY, A
LOT OF FOOD.
ANIMALS KNOW THAT.
SO YOU HAVE BIRD MIGRATIONS.
THE MOST EXCITING THING IN THE
ANIMAL KINGDOM, BIRTHS.
ALL THE BIRTHS ARE TRIGGERED.
IN SPRING, BECAUSE THE COLD
WEATHER IS OVER AND THERE IS
PLENTY OF FOOD FOR ANIMALS TO
ACCESS EASILY, SO THERE ARE A
LOT OF BIRTHS.
THERE IS POLLINATION.
THERE IS A LOT GOING ON IN THE
NATURAL -- LISTEN, WE LOVE
SPRING.
HOW MUCH DO WE LOOK FORWARD TO
SPRING?
SO YOU CAN IMAGINE IN NATURE HOW
MUCH THE ANIMALS REALLY DO LOOK
FORWARD TO IT.
>> AND WHY "LIVE"?
>> WHY LIVE?
AN INTERESTING QUESTION.
IT TAKES US TWO YEARS TO MAKE A
FILM.
BECAUSE NOTHING HAPPENS WHEN YOU
THINK IT WILL.
AND SO THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT
MUSCLE FOR ALL OF US.
BUT THERE IS AN EXCITEMENT WITH
"LIVE."
HOPEFULLY WE'LL HAVE A BIGGER
PAYOFF.
BUT THERE IS A SPONTANEITY.
IT'S UNPREDICTABLE.
AND WE'VE CREATED THESE
SEQUENCES WHERE GOING TO THESE
PLACES WHERE IT'S SOMEWHAT
PREDICTABLE, OR AT THE VERY
LEAST THERE IS A PROCESS TO
FINDING OUT THINGS THAT I THINK
WILL BE EXCITING.
FOR EXAMPLE, WE'RE GOING TO BE
LIVE AT BRACKEN CAVE IN TEXAS
WHERE THERE ARE MILLIONS OF
BATS.
SO WE KNOW GOING INTO THIS CAVE,
WHICH BY THE WAY WE'RE GETTING
EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO BECAUSE
WE'RE "NATURE" AND PBS AND WELL
TRUSTED.
SO WHEN WE GO IN WITH OUR CAMERA
PEOPLE, WE'RE GOING TO SEE
MILLIONS OF ROOSTING BATS ON THE
WALLS.
NOW WE DON'T KNOW IF WE'LL GET
THEM IN A LITTLE 8:00 WINDOW,
BUT THE VERY NATURE OF GOING
INTO A CAVE WITH MILLIONS OF
BATS LIVE IS PRETTY EXCITING.
>> WHERE ELSE ARE YOU GOING TO
GO?
>> WE'RE GOING TO BE AT A FARM
IN MAINE WHERE HE WE HOPE TO GET
BIRTHING LAMBS.
AGAIN, WE DON'T KNOW IF IT WILL
HAPPEN.
SO WE'VE ALREADY PUT OUR CAMERA
PEOPLE IN POSITION.
AND WE HAVE THREE LAMB BIRTHS
ALREADY IN THE CAN.
SO CROSSING OUR FINGERS THAT
WE'LL GET ONE LIVE, BUT IF NOT
WE'LL CERTAINLY HAVE A LAMB
BIRTH WITHIN 48 HOURS.
WE'RE GOING TO BE IN THE
EVERGLADES LOOKING AT ALLIGATORS
AND NESTING BIRDS.
WE'RE GOING TO BE LIVE ON THE
EASTERN SHORE OF VIRGINIA WITH,
AGAIN, A MIGRATING BIRDS AS
WELL.
.
>> YOU'RE GOING SEE SOME CUBS
BIRTHED?
>> WE'RE NOT GOING TO SEE CUB
BIRTHS, BUT CUBS COME OUT OF
HIBERNATION.
WE'VE ALREADY FILMED SCIENTISTS
MEASURING THE CUBS, EXAMINING
THEM WHILE THE MOTHER WAS
SEDATED.
WE'VE PUT THEM BACK.
WE'RE GOING TO GO LIVE TO THE
SAME LOCATION AND HOPEFULLY FIND
THEM.
WE'VE TAGGED THEM.
AND SO WE'RE TRACKING THEM.
AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL FIND THEM
LIVE.
>> YOU SAID WITH THIS THREE-PART
SERIES, YOU HOPE TO TURN VIEWERS
INTO DOERS.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DO THAT?
>> WELL, A BIG PART OF WHAT
WE'RE DOING IS ENCOURAGING
CITIZEN SCIENCE, WHICH I'M SURE
IS A BRAND-NEW TERM TO A LOT OF
PEOPLE OUT THERE.
BUT WE GOT A LOT OF FUNDING.
THIS IS NOT AN INEXPENSIVE
ENDEAVOR.
LIVE TELEVISION COSTS A LOT OF
MONEY.
AND WHAT WE'RE DOING IS WE WANT
TO PROMOTE THE IDEA TO VIEWERS
THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE A
SCIENTIST TO CONTRIBUTE TO
SCIENCE.
AND WE HAVE A NUMBER OF PROJECTS
THAT WE'RE GOING TO PROMOTE ON
THIS SHOW AND A WEBSITE WHERE
YOU CAN GO OUTSIDE ONCE A WEEK,
A COUPLE OF TIMES A WEEK FOR NO
MORE THAN 10 OR 15 MINUTES AND
MAKE OBSERVATIONS AND ENTER DATA
ON YOUR iPHONE OR LAPTOP
REGARDING HOW MANY BEES YOU SEE
ON A FLOWER, REGARDING HOW MANY
BIRDS YOU SEE COME IN.
I MEAN, ALL THESE VERY EASY
OBSERVATIONS YOU MAKE WHICH ARE
HELPING SCIENTISTS GET A BIGGER
AND MORE COMPLETE PICTURE OF
WHAT'S GOING ON.
ALREADY FROM CITIZEN SCIENTISTS
OVER THE YEARS WE'VE DISCOVERED
DECLINING BIRD POPULATIONS.
AND THIS ACTUALLY INFLUENCES
LEGISLATURE.
SO ARMED WITH SOME REALLY
COMPLETE DATA, WE COULD MAKE
ADJUSTMENTS TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
>> THAT'S ONE THING YOU HOPE TO
CAPTURE SOME OF THE CHANGES, THE
CLIMATE CHANGE IS BRINGING ON
NATURE?
>> YEAH, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, SPRING
TRIGGERS A MULTITUDE OF EVENTS.
AND ALL THESE EVENTS FOR THE
ANIMALS ARE TIMED.
SO WHEN BIRDS MIGRATE BACK UP TO
THE SOUTHERN UNITED STATES,
THERE ARE FOOD SOURCES FOR THEM.
NOW BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE,
IF THE ATMOSPHERE IS WARMER,
EARLIER, THE FOOD THAT THEY
WOULD EAT CAN COME OUT EARLIER,
AND BY THE TIME THE MIGRATING
BIRDS SHOW UP, THE FOOD IS NO
LONGER THERE.
SO THAT'S HOW CLIMATE CHANGE CAN
IMPACT THIS WEB OF LIFE AND THE
TIMING OF WHEN ANIMALS SHOW UP
TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A FOOD
SOURCE.
>> ABOUT 15 SECONDS WE HAVE
LEFT.
WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST
INTERESTING ABOUT THIS?
>> WELL, IT'S THE HEART-STOPPING
KIND OF OH MY GOD, ONE MINUTE
IT'S LIKE THIS IS GREAT, WE'RE
ALL SET.
AND AT SOME POINT THERE IS AN
EMAIL THAT SAYS WE CAN'T DO
THIS, THAT'S NOT GOING TO
HAPPEN, SO AND SO CAN'T MAKE IT,
AND YOU GO INTO SHEER PANIC.
I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S GOOD OR
BAD, BUT WE CERTAINLY FEEL ALIVE
ABOUT IT.
>> ALL RIGHT.
I CAN'T WAIT TO WATCH THOSE
PROGRAMS.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US
AGAIN, FRED.
"NATURE'S" THREE-NIGHT PRESENT
NATION WILL AIR APRIL 29th TO
MAY 1.

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