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Baby flying foxes in Australia’s urban parks

Caring for sick, injured, and baby flying foxes is all in a day's (and night's) work for Fauna Rescue of South Australia. In this BBC Earth video from Cities: Nature's New Wild, Fauna Rescue caregivers talk about how ...

Why do geese fly in V formation?

Why do geese fly in a V formation? In this episode of World By Charlie, our friend Charlie Engelman observes some origami geese to better understand how the vortices of air behind their wings shape their signature V-f...

The Green Dragontail Butterfly in slow motion

This stunning slow-motion footage of the Green Dragontail Butterfly (Lamproptera meges) was filmed by insect enthusiast Kazuo Unno during a trip to northern Thailand. The dragontails are a species of swallowtail butte...

How does a northern flying squirrel ‘fly’?

The Northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) has a special talent of gliding long distances. With bold leaps, these nocturnal, arboreal animals can parachute almost 46 meters (150 feet) between trees thanks to me...

Hawk moths and The Art of Staying Stable

Like a hummingbird or a creature from a Hayao Miyazaki film, hawk moths or Sphingidae, are a family of large insects with the magical-looking mastery of hovering in midair. They can also fly backward and keep incredib...

While Darwin Sleeps…

With the effect of a time-lapse, filmmaker Paul Bush animates photos of more than 3,000 insect specimens from Walter Linsenmaier's insect collection in the natural history museum of Luzern, Switzerland. Of While Darwi...

Wingtip vortices made visible with ribbons of white smoke

Ribbons of twisting smoke trails twirl in the air as an old British Hawker Sea Fury fighter aircraft flies over a runway in Ione, California. Dennis Sanders of Sanders Aeronautics pilots the plane as Elliot Seguin fil...

Nature’s Masters Of Disguise – Maddie About Science

Go behind-the-scenes at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History with arachnologist Hannah Wood and Maddie About Science host Maddie Sofia to see the mimics of the museum's collection. Atlas moths, stick bugs, leaf i...

Why Is Blue So Rare In Nature?

Among living things, the color blue is oddly rare. Blue rocks, blue sky, blue water, sure. But blue animals? They are few and far between. And the ones that do make blue? They make it in some very strange and special ...

The Metamorphosis of a Dragonfly

A nymph slowly emerges from its exuvia as a familiar adult dragonfly in this Beauty of Science video: The Metamorphosis of a Dragonfly. It's called an 'incomplete metamorphosis' because there's no pupal stage within t...

A window into ladybug wing origami

Beneath a ladybug's red shell, the spotted elytra that it's known for, the beetle's hind wings are efficiently folded until it wants to take off and fly. When it lands, the wings simply fold back up into a protected p...

How Do Pelicans Survive Their Death-Defying Dives?

Unlike American White Pelicans, who scoop up fish at the water's surface, California’s brown pelicans rocket down from the sky, plunging toward the ocean from as high as 65 feet. This episode of Deep Look explains how...

Why peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on earth

Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals of the land—and it's no wonder, their bodies are built for speed. While cheetahs can run up to 70 mph on land, peregrine falcons can dive at speed of over 200 mph. That's fast...

Trying To Save The Red Crowned Cranes Of Japan

These majestic birds are red crowned cranes, a symbol of peace and longevity in Japanese culture. Standing around 150 to 158cm (4ft 11in to 5ft 2in) tall, they are impressive creatures, and on Hokkaido, Japan's northe...

An osprey fishing in spectacular super slow motion

Diving down -- practically crashing -- a young osprey hits the water, aiming for and grabbing a trout. But that's just the first part of this hunt. Watch as the osprey tries to take off out of the water with the massi...

Stanford’s one-of-a-kind wind tunnel for birds & drones

An engineering team at Stanford University, lead by engineering professor David Lentink, built a one-of-a-kind wind tunnel in order to observe, measure, and record the minute details of how birds fly. Their goal: To m...

Hummingbird hatchlings in their nest with mother Rosie

In mid-January of 2016, an Allen’s Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) named Rosie laid two eggs in a nest that was quietly being observed by webcam. On February 8th, two babies hatched from their eggs. This fascinating p...

Bats flip like Tony Hawk to land upside down

Like pirouetting figure skaters, twisting high divers, or a skateboarder trying to land a 900, bats use inertia to flip upside down before they land. Brown University evolutionary biologists Sharon Swartz and Kenneth ...

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