LINCOLN — Spring is one of nature’s greatest performances — a time of rebirth, renewed energy and dramatic transformations.
For three consecutive nights starting at 7 p.m. Monday on NET, “Nature: American Spring LIVE” presents the change from winter to spring in real time from iconic locations across the America.
News anchor Juju Chang will host the multi-platform event, with on-camera experts, including biologist Thor Hanson and entomologist Phil Torres, showing springtime phenomena in various locations across the country, in ecosystems ranging from the Rockies to the Everglades, from inner-city parks to remote wilderness preserves. The series will include a mix of live and pre-taped footage highlighting some of the most pivotal events in nature’s calendar.
A diverse group of researchers and citizen scientists will investigate how a wide range of organisms respond to the change of seasons. They will share their insights into the natural world, reveal new technologies that make their discoveries possible and encourage audiences to join the adventure of science.
Each “Nature: American Spring LIVE” episode is built around a central theme chosen to reveal how the new season triggers extraordinary biological change. Tentative live locations include California’s Sequoia National Park and Point Reyes National Seashore, Florida’s Everglades, the Eastern shore of Virginia, a sheep farm in Maine, a black bear den in rural Western Maryland, and Texas’s Bracken Cave and Gulf Coast.
Episode 1: “Birth and Rebirth” premieres at 7 p.m. Monday. Tracing the green wave that sweeps across the continent in spring, see how 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.
Episode 2: “Migration” premieres at 7 p.m. Tuesday. 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.
Episode 3: “Connections” premieres at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 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.
“Nature: American Spring LIVE” is the finale of “Nature’s” 37th season on PBS. The series has won more than 700 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film communities and environmental organizations, including 18 Emmys and three Peabody Awards.
‘Savor: Nebraska Craft Wine’ offers taste of state’s wine industry
The new NET documentary, “Savor: Nebraska Craft Wine,” that uncorks the story of an ancient industry that is flourishing across the state, premiers at 8:30 p.m Thursday, May 2 on NET.
Some wine enthusiasts believe good wine only comes from California or Europe, but Nebraska producers have joined a growing group of Midwest vintners who are turning that idea on its head. With nearly 40 wineries in the state, the impact on the state’s economy has soared as producers in all areas of Nebraska pioneer their brands.
The documentary explores the history of Nebraska wine-making, the people who make it their life’s work and how to pair meals with the state’s best bottles. The program offers a taste of the industry from several Nebraska wineries, including James Arthur Vineyards in Raymond, Niobrara Valley Vineyards in Nenzel, and Deer Springs Winery near Lincoln.
The program repeats on NET at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5; 9 p.m. Monday, May 6; and 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11.
It repeats on NET’s World Channel at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 16.