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Alex Chadwick heads to Southwest Texas to find out just what it is that draws people to Big Bend, one of the most remote national parks in the entire United States.


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Do vultures detect carrion by sight or by smell? The lightbulb moment came to ornithologist Kenneth Stager when a Union Oil employee told him of vu...

  • Added: May 23, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Brewer's Sparrow, Credit: Tom Munson
One of the most musical and complex bird songs in the US is that of the Brewer's Sparrow. It's a veritable aria, ringing forth from the sagebrush o...

  • Added: May 23, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Northern Gannets, Credit: Keith Marshall
Northern Gannets, fish-eating seabirds, dive headfirst into the ocean at speeds of up to 60 miles an hour, pursuing their prey. Sometimes, they get...

  • Added: May 23, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Pectoral Sandpiper, Credit: Gerrit Vyn
In early June, millions of birds arrive on the Arctic Coastal Plain in Alaska, from all over the world. They're there to attract a mate and raise t...

  • Added: May 23, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Great Black-backed Gull, Credit: Leon van der Noll
Great Black-backed Gulls have a reputation as serious predators of other birds. During the nesting season, they’ll prey on eggs and nestlings of ot...

  • Added: May 23, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Credit: Wolfgang Wander
Hummingbirds have a symbiotic relationship with flowers: They buzz in close to drink the sweet nectar that the flowers make. While the hummer has i...

  • Added: May 23, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Northern Cardinal, Credit: Mick Thompson
When he was just 22 years old, a young man named Samuel Clemens (who would go on to become the writer Mark Twain) signed on to train as a pilot on ...

  • Added: May 23, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Pied-billed grebe
More than 20 years ago, Professor Ed Rubel of the University of Washington discovered that chickens could repair their own damaged hearing. The bir...

  • Added: May 23, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
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The Cuban Giant Owl, now extinct, was 3½ feet tall and weighed 20 pounds — the largest of all known owls. It had very small wings, running after it...

  • Added: May 23, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Hairy Woodpecker , Credit: Gregg Thompson
The Mississippi Flyway is one of North America’s four major corridors for migrating birds. Billions of birds make their way north from Central and ...

  • Added: May 23, 2019
  • Length: 01:45