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A Forest Year

Watch the seasons change in this 15 month time lapse made from 40,000 still images: A Forest Year by videographer Samuel Orr. During a stay in a remote Indiana cabin, while on location to work on a PBS documentary...

The Black Egret’s Umbrella Trick

Attracting the fish and making them easier to spot in the shade, black egrets create a dome or umbrella shape as they walk carefully in the shallow water. During a 2010 outing, EarthTouch filmed a moment with nature's...

Male Blue Manakins wait in line to impress a female

Taking turns with other suitors, male Blue Manakins seem to wait in a relatively polite line before briefly but repeatedly trying to impress their potential mate. Almost blending into the trees with her green feath...

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Song Hero

How can you train your brain to recognize and remember bird songs? The All About Bird Biology team at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has come up with a way to visualize bird vocalizations: Bird Song Hero. Want to test...

The Burrowing Owl’s Cozy Home

Owls that live underground! The Burrowing Owl's Cozy Home is a vacant prairie dog hole, a cool alternative (around 59F or 15C) to the extreme heat above ground. They eat small rodents, insects, amphibians, and reptile...

How to take a hyacinth macaw’s heartbeat

Listening to a hyacinth macaw's heartbeat has never been easier: Margaret, who lives at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland, has been trained to voluntarily let a veterinarian team give her an annual physical...

The Gathering Swarms: Sardine Run off the coast of South Africa

"The seasonal movement of billions of sardines along the coast of South Africa, the greatest fish migration on the planet..." Billions. In this clip from PBS' The Gathering Swarms, synchronous sardines are a constantl...

The Elephant Bird Egg

Watch young David Attenborough try to piece together a massive broken egg shell (given to him by locals) in this 1961 clip from Zoo Quest to Madagascar: The Elephant Bird Egg. The Elephant B...

Juan Fontanive‘s mechanical, looping flipbooks: Vivarium

Revisiting Juan Fontanive's mechanical, looping flipbooks: Vivarium. From the artist’s bio:  Juan Fontanive makes films without using light. Often recycling the mechanical parts of found...

Imping an injured owl’s wing to make it stronger

If you’re a two year old, injured snowy owl in need of some new feathers, you’ll be lucky to find yourself at a raptor center like the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. Th...

Le Carnaval des Animaux

A few years ago, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France joined up with an entire book of animated creatures to perform the classic Le Carnaval des Animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) b...

The Kingfisher hunts for fish on the River Shannon

From PBS’ Ireland’s Wild River, this is how the vibrantly-colored, diving Kingfisher hunts for fish on the River Shannon.

A Kiwi chick hatches from an egg at Auckland Zoo

Watch this Kiwi chick hatch from an egg at Auckland Zoo. This is the season’s second hatchling for BNZ Operation Nest Egg, a program that collects the eggs of endangered and critically e...

Are crows the ultimate problem solvers?

A short stick, a long stick, and a few stones — all a bit difficult to get to — will help illuminate just how clever wild crows can be, especially when these tools need to be used...

Data in data out: the flight paths of starlings

Watch the flight paths of starlings as they make computer-assisted trails across the sky above the Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts. Artist Dennis Hlynsky filmed them (and others) with a Lum...

Come fly with me: the physics of why birds fly in V-formation

Why do birds often fly in a “V” shape formation? Researchers at the UK’s Royal Veterinary College have gathered data from individual ibises in a migratory flock to study why...

Experimental animation meets pottery: zoetrope bowl

Mixing pottery with zoetropes sounds like just our thing: Experimental animation meets pottery is a short film by Jim Le Fevre, Mike Paterson, and RAMP ceramics' Roop and Alice Johnstone, commissio...

The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace

This incredible animation by Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck chronicles the story of British naturalist, anthropologist, biologist, geographer, and intrepid adventurer Alfred Russel Wallace, who was als...

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