Biology


New! Flyaways (Nature) 52 min.

More than 200 species of shorebirds, such as Far Eastern Curlews, Red Knots and Hudsonian Godwits, fly thousands of miles each year from feeding grounds in the Southern Hemisphere to breeding grounds in the Arctic and back again. But their populations are crashing amidst climate change and urban development. Follow scientists as they mobilize to the challenge of saving these shorebirds.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2024

New! Hunt for the Oldest DNA 54 min.

For decades, scientists have tried to unlock the secrets of ancient DNA, struggling to find DNA in fossils that could survive millions of years. Then, one maverick scientist had the controversial idea to look for DNA not in fossils or frozen ancient tissue–but in dirt. Follow the dramatic quest to recover DNA millions of years old and reveal a lost world from before the last Ice Age.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2024

Episode 1: Earth (Evolution Earth) 56 min.

At Earth’s extremes, as the planet changes at superspeed, animals are reacting in surprising ways. With their homes changing all around them, we follow remarkable stories of resilience and hope you might not expect. From humpback whales to mountain butterflies, to shrinking marine iguanas, to ingenious savanna chimpanzees, animals are sending us a powerful and emotive message about our world.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2023

Episode 2: Islands (Evolution Earth) 56 min.

Islands are like miniature simplified Earths, where evolution is playing out at superspeed right before our eyes. We journey from the Galapagos to the edge of Antarctica to seek out animals responding in extraordinary ways to our changing planet. We find sealions hunting in a completely new way, lizards changing shape because of hurricanes, and monkeys eating charcoal in response to deforestation.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2023

Episode 3: Heat (Evolution Earth) 56 min.

In the hottest extremes, species are going to extraordinary lengths to survive. From the Sahara Desert to the Australian outback, animals are providing new clues about our changing planet and what it will mean for the future of our heating world. Chimps are living in caves, camels are drinking salt water and zebra finches are singing to their eggs to make their chicks smaller.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2023

Episode 4: Ice (Evolution Earth) 56 min.

Heading to the most remote and frozen ends of the Earth, we find that the poles are changing faster than anywhere else on the planet, a warming world in fast-forward. Tracking the shifts in the movement and behaviour of the animals that live here, from polar bears in the Arctic, to penguins in Antarctica, can reveal detailed changes and give us vital information about our future world.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2023

Episode 5: Grasslands (Evolution Earth) 56 min.

Once overlooked, we now know that grasslands have a hidden power. Not only can they host the greatest gatherings of life on Earth, but they could even heal our planet. Key species, from the wildebeest of the Serengeti to the bison of the North American prairies, can revive forgotten habitats. Healthy grasslands could be more resilient carbon sinks than forests, and even slowing climate change.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2023

Evolution Earth 300 min.

"Evolution Earth" embarks on a global expedition to reveal the animals keeping pace with a planet changing at superspeed. Heading out across the globe to distant wilds and modern urban environments, five episodes track how animals are moving, using ingenuity to adapt their behaviour, and even evolving in unexpected ways.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2023

The American Buffalo: A Film by Ken Burns 240 min.

The dramatic story of America’s national mammal, which sustained the lives of Native people for untold generations, being driven to the brink of extinction, before an unlikely collection of people rescues it from disappearing forever. Ken Burns recounts the tragic collision of two opposing views of the natural world––and the unforgettable characters who pointed the nation in a different direction.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2023

Part 1: Blood Memory (The American Buffalo: A Film by Ken Burns) 115 min.

For thousands of years, America’s national mammal numbered in the tens of millions, sustaining the Native people of the Great Plains, whose cultures became spiritually intertwined with the animal. By the 1880s the buffalo had been driven to the brink of extinction by newcomers to the continent. Ken Burns recounts the collision––and tragic consequences––of two opposing views of the natural world.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2023