Live Television Event Showcases the Wonders of Spring
Spring is here and that means there are big changes in nature. It’s a time of rebirth, renewed energy, and dramatic transformations. See the change from winter to spring in real time from iconic locations across America with the new live broadcast event, American Spring LIVE, airing on three consecutive nights – April 29, April 30 and May 1.
News anchor Juju Chang will host this exciting event with experts such as biologist Thor Hanson and entomologist Phil Torres capturing live and pre-taped footage of the impact of seasonal changes in nature. They will go all the way from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Everglades, from inner-city parks to remote wilderness preserves. Researchers will discover how a wide range of organisms respond to the changes of seasons. They will share their insights into the natural world, reveal new technologies and encourage viewers to get out in nature and enjoy what it has to offer.
This live broadcast event will also be streamed online live on the PBS App and on social media. There will be interactivity with the audience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #AmericanSpringLivePBS.
Here’s the information about each episode:
American Spring LIVE: Birth and Rebirth
Monday, April 29, at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16
Tracing the green wave that sweeps across the continent in spring, see how the rising temperatures and longer days spur plants to awaken and flower. Animals go through their own transformations, seeking out newly abundant resources, moving from winter homes to summer breeding grounds, or emerging from hibernation. Learn how both plants and animals have incorporated seasonal change into their life cycles and successful reproductive strategies – all demonstrated by the birth of a lamb in Maine.
American Spring LIVE: Migration
Tuesday, April 30, at 8pm on ThinkTV16 and CET
Breeding and the greening of the landscape are tied to another major spectacle of spring: the mass movements of animals as they take advantage of spring’s bounty. Meet the scientists who track these journeys, often over vast distances, from winter refuge to spring nesting grounds. As they attempt to uncover the precise triggers and timing of migration and its impact on other animal species, the scientists grapple with how these patterns and behaviors may shift due to climate change.
American Spring LIVE: Connections
Wednesday, May 1, at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16
Nature’s perfect partnerships, precisely synchronized, have evolved over thousands of years. Learn how plants and animals depend on each other to survive. See first-hand how climate change can break those connections, altering the timing of weather and plant growth, and disrupting the delicate relationships between plants and pollinators such as bees and butterflies.