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Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air (Episode #2705)

KQED 9: Sun, Dec 30, 2012 -- 5:30 PM

Hummingbirds represent one of nature's most interesting paradoxes -- they are the tiniest of birds, yet they qualify as some of the toughest and most energetic creatures on the planet. New knowledge gained from scientists currently making great breakthroughs in hummingbird biology makes this a perfect time to focus on these shimmering, flashing jewels of the natural world. Stunningly beautiful high-definition, high speed footage of hummingbirds in the wild combined with high-tech presentations of their remarkable abilities help us to understand the world of hummingbirds as we never have before.

Animal Odd Couples (Episode #3003()

KQED Plus: Sun, Dec 30, 2012 -- 12:30 PM

A tiger cub with no mother in sight. A baby hippo. An abandoned meerkat pup. Without nurturing, these infants face certain death. Enter stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable: a chimp bottle-feeding a tiger cub; a giant tortoise snuggling a baby hippo; a black crow parenting a meerkat. Aberrations of nature? Instincts gone awry? Does this kind of bonding form only when animals are removed from their natural environments? Or are they evidence of a broad array of emotions among animals? This film will look at these remarkable relationships firsthand, and through caregivers, biologists and animal behaviorists, explore what they suggest about the nature of animal emotions.

Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air (Episode #2705)

KQED Plus: Sun, Dec 30, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Hummingbirds represent one of nature's most interesting paradoxes -- they are the tiniest of birds, yet they qualify as some of the toughest and most energetic creatures on the planet. New knowledge gained from scientists currently making great breakthroughs in hummingbird biology makes this a perfect time to focus on these shimmering, flashing jewels of the natural world. Stunningly beautiful high-definition, high speed footage of hummingbirds in the wild combined with high-tech presentations of their remarkable abilities help us to understand the world of hummingbirds as we never have before.

Parrots in the Land of Oz (Episode #2506H)

KQED 9: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

Parrots are everywhere in Australia. From the outrageous drumming palm cockatoo in the tropical rainforests, to the shameless red female eclectus parrot of the far north who keeps a harem of males, to the golden-shouldered parrot in the woodlands that excavates a nest in a termite mound, to the incredibly prolific budgerigars of the deserts, a spectacular array of parrots has evolved here. Big and small, rare and bizarre, colorful and intelligent, they are the most conspicuous and exotic birds on this amazing island continent.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 30, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Dec 28, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Dec 27, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Dec 27, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Thu, Dec 27, 2012 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Dec 27, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Christmas In Yellowstone (Episode #2403H)

KQED 9: Sun, Dec 23, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

Nature examines wolves, coyotes, elk, bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year. As snow falls and the Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes of snowcapped peaks and frozen icicles surround the wildlife as they adapt to the cold conditions. The program also profiles the men who first explored Yellowstone National Park.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Mon, Dec 24, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Drakensberg: Barrier of Spears (Episode #2607H)

KQED 9: Sun, Dec 23, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

The Drakensberg Mountains are Southern Africa's Alps, rising more than 11,000 feet into the sky. But beneath their shimmering beauty lies an incredibly hostile environment for the surprising number of creatures that manage to live there. Each spring, drenching rains destroy the grasslands at the base of the mountains, and those who would survive must climb straight up sheer cliffs of volcanic rock, through gauntlets of storms and snow, to reach the carpets of grass on the plateau. The baboons that make this astonishing annual journey may have the advantage of agility, but eland, the world's largest antelope, have long, spindly legs and heavy bodies, which make the climb all but unbelievable. All have babies at their sides while vultures circle overhead.

Christmas In Yellowstone (Episode #2403H)

KQED World: Sat, Dec 22, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

Nature examines wolves, coyotes, elk, bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year. As snow falls and the Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes of snowcapped peaks and frozen icicles surround the wildlife as they adapt to the cold conditions. The program also profiles the men who first explored Yellowstone National Park.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Mon, Dec 24, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 23, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air (Episode #2705)

KQED 9: Sun, Dec 16, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Hummingbirds represent one of nature's most interesting paradoxes -- they are the tiniest of birds, yet they qualify as some of the toughest and most energetic creatures on the planet. New knowledge gained from scientists currently making great breakthroughs in hummingbird biology makes this a perfect time to focus on these shimmering, flashing jewels of the natural world. Stunningly beautiful high-definition, high speed footage of hummingbirds in the wild combined with high-tech presentations of their remarkable abilities help us to understand the world of hummingbirds as we never have before.

Is That Skunk? (Episode #2606H)

KQED World: Sat, Dec 15, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

It's a familiar but mysterious creature in woods and neighborhoods all across America. Its infamous weapon is one of the most awful scents in all of nature. Now, intrepid researchers and cameramen track skunks day and night across California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Ohio, even Martha's Vineyard, uncovering how they hunt, forage, mate and raise amazingly cute baby skunks - all the things they're up to when they're not spraying the local dog. And yes, the remarkable secrets of that stink will be revealed!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 16, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Animal Odd Couples (Episode #3003()

KQED Plus: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 -- 7:00 PM

A tiger cub with no mother in sight. A baby hippo. An abandoned meerkat pup. Without nurturing, these infants face certain death. Enter stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable: a chimp bottle-feeding a tiger cub; a giant tortoise snuggling a baby hippo; a black crow parenting a meerkat. Aberrations of nature? Instincts gone awry? Does this kind of bonding form only when animals are removed from their natural environments? Or are they evidence of a broad array of emotions among animals? This film will look at these remarkable relationships firsthand, and through caregivers, biologists and animal behaviorists, explore what they suggest about the nature of animal emotions.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Dec 13, 2012 -- 1:00 AM

Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air (Episode #2705)

KQED 9: Sun, Dec 9, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

Hummingbirds represent one of nature's most interesting paradoxes -- they are the tiniest of birds, yet they qualify as some of the toughest and most energetic creatures on the planet. New knowledge gained from scientists currently making great breakthroughs in hummingbird biology makes this a perfect time to focus on these shimmering, flashing jewels of the natural world. Stunningly beautiful high-definition, high speed footage of hummingbirds in the wild combined with high-tech presentations of their remarkable abilities help us to understand the world of hummingbirds as we never have before.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Is That Skunk? (Episode #2606H)

KQED 9: Sun, Dec 9, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

It's a familiar but mysterious creature in woods and neighborhoods all across America. Its infamous weapon is one of the most awful scents in all of nature. Now, intrepid researchers and cameramen track skunks day and night across California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Ohio, even Martha's Vineyard, uncovering how they hunt, forage, mate and raise amazingly cute baby skunks - all the things they're up to when they're not spraying the local dog. And yes, the remarkable secrets of that stink will be revealed!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 16, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Drakensberg: Barrier of Spears (Episode #2607H)

KQED World: Sat, Dec 8, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

The Drakensberg Mountains are Southern Africa's Alps, rising more than 11,000 feet into the sky. But beneath their shimmering beauty lies an incredibly hostile environment for the surprising number of creatures that manage to live there. Each spring, drenching rains destroy the grasslands at the base of the mountains, and those who would survive must climb straight up sheer cliffs of volcanic rock, through gauntlets of storms and snow, to reach the carpets of grass on the plateau. The baboons that make this astonishing annual journey may have the advantage of agility, but eland, the world's largest antelope, have long, spindly legs and heavy bodies, which make the climb all but unbelievable. All have babies at their sides while vultures circle overhead.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 9, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Animal Odd Couples (Episode #3003()

KQED 9: Sun, Dec 2, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

A tiger cub with no mother in sight. A baby hippo. An abandoned meerkat pup. Without nurturing, these infants face certain death. Enter stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable: a chimp bottle-feeding a tiger cub; a giant tortoise snuggling a baby hippo; a black crow parenting a meerkat. Aberrations of nature? Instincts gone awry? Does this kind of bonding form only when animals are removed from their natural environments? Or are they evidence of a broad array of emotions among animals? This film will look at these remarkable relationships firsthand, and through caregivers, biologists and animal behaviorists, explore what they suggest about the nature of animal emotions.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Dec 13, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Sun, Dec 2, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

Frogs: The Thin Green Line (Episode #2610)

KQED World: Sat, Dec 1, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

It is the greatest mass extinction since the dinosaurs. Population by population, species by species, amphibians are vanishing off the face of the Earth. Despite international alarm and scientists scrambling for answers, the steady hemorrhaging of amphibians continues like a leaky faucet that cannot be fixed or a wound that will not heal. Large-scale die-offs of frogs around the world have prompted scientists to take desperate measures to try to save those they can.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 2, 2012 -- 3:00 AM
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