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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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Caption: Chestnut-collared Longspur, Credit: Rick Bohn
We’re in Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park, just a few miles north of the Canada/US border. To be heard over the loud winds, birds need to ha...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Indigo Bunting, Credit: Idie Ulsh
If you're near High Island, Texas in the spring, you might witness a "fallout," one of the great spectacles of bird migration. Thousands of birds, ...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
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Except around Easter, chicken eggs usually come in a predictable range of colors: white, brown, and sometimes pale blue or green. Chickens are desc...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Wild Turkey, Credit: Joanne Kamo
Preston Pittman won his first turkey-calling contest when he was only 16, and he makes the sounds with his mouth. Sadler McGraw uses the "friction"...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
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Horned Larks rival meadowlarks as the most colorful birds of North American grasslands. They live in prairies, fields, and tundra, but agriculture ...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
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Evolutionary time is long — the earliest ancestors of birds emerged around 50 million years ago. Against that yardstick, the length of time humans ...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Golden Eagle, Credit: Mike Gabelmann
A Golden Eagle perches on the arm of a Kazakh horseman in the Altai Mountains of Northwestern Mongolia. The horseman and bird are hunting golden fo...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Credit: Kenneth Cole Schneider
Most of the time, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet is neither ruby nor regal. A tiny songbird washed in faded olive-green, the male shows a hint of crimson a...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Blackpoll Warbler, Credit: Jay Bass
From a bird's perspective, the Dry Tortugas, a cluster of islands in the Gulf of Mexico, can be a life-saver. Millions of migratory songbirds fly n...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Eurasian Magpie, Credit: Claudine Lamothe
Rossini’s 1815 opera, “The Thieving Magpie” tells of a household maid who nearly goes to the gallows for stealing silver from her employers. At the...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2019
  • Length: 01:45