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Helen Macdonald on the Wonderful, Optimistic World of Hawks

Helen Macdonald turned to hawking for solace when her father died, chronicling her grief in the award-winning book H is for Hawk. Now she's training her first goshawk since then on Nature. She spoke to us about the meanings give to animals and more.

Meet Some Humans Who Develop Intimate Bonds with Animals

Nature's program Animal Reunions examines the bonds that can form between animals and human caregivers, reuniting orphaned or rescued animals with the people who rehabilitated them. Learn about the work of some of these conservationists.

Phil Ponce's Hobby

As Phil Ponce retires from regular appearances on Chicago Tonight, watch him discuss his hobby and the deeper meaning behind it, hear him share some tips, and see the fruits of his labor around his home.

'Ireland's Wild Coast' in Photos

In Ireland's Wild Coast, cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson explores the magnificent wildlife and landscape of the islands, shores, and waters of Ireland's Atlantic coast. Catch a glimpse of what awaits in the show, with some unbelievable photography. 

Wild Alaska Live

PBS is broadcasting live from Alaska as bears, orcas, eagles, and wolves join a bountiful summer feast when millions of salmon swim upriver to spawn. Catch some sneak peeks of pesky porcupines, wallowing walruses, and hunting humpback whales.

Joel Sartore: A Modern-Day Noah

Joel Sartore is the creator of the Photo Ark, a 25-year project to photograph every animal species in human care. He talked to us about the role of the Photo Ark and zoos in conservation. "It’s folly to think that we can drive half of all species to extinction and not affect humanity,” he says.

Majestic Migration Photos

Nature's Great Race follows epic mass migrations across the vast landscapes of the Arctic and southern and eastern Africa in vivid cinematography – catch a glimpse of the engrossing images here with a preview in photography before the show premieres on Wednesday, July 12.

'The Great Yellowstone Thaw' in Photographs

The Great Yellowstone Thaw follows the animals of Yellowstone as they weather a 140 degree temperature change from winter to spring. Explore the majestic area of Yellowstone and its hardy creatures in stunning photography here.

Shedd Aquarium's Fascinating and Ingenious Animals

Do you know how dolphins continue to surface for breath even while sleeping, why trainers use hair dryers on sea otters in aquariums, or the difficulties of beluga whale birth and calf-rearing? Shedd experts Jessica Whiton and Tim Binder have the answers.

The Summer of Adventure

China, Havana, the Pacific, Alaska - PBS explores them all during the Summer of Adventure. Take a sneak peek at the upcoming shows, which follow caribou in the Arctic Circle, a photographer's quest to document every species in captivity, and more.


Orchids drive people mad, from wealthy Victorian collectors to one of the most important scientists of the last few centuries. A horticulturist from the Chicago Botanic Garden explains what makes orchids unique and attempts to tease out our obsession with them.

The Majesty of Yosemite

The Sierra Nevada mountains contain the earth's largest living trees, the tallest waterfall in North America, and striking stone monoliths. Nature explores the effects of climate change on this glorious landscape.

Thriving 'Urban Nature' in Three American Cities

WTTW's new web series Urban Nature explores such stories as segregating squirrels, San Francisco's 'wild plan' for safe wildlife movement through the city, and the reclamation by nature of a deserted island near Manhattan.

The Secret Life of Animals: An Interview with a Producer of 'Spy in the Wild'

Tonight at 8:00 pm, "Meet the Spies" in the finale of Spy in the Wild. We talked to series producer Philip Dalton about how the cameras can capture animals' most intimate behavior.

The Butterflies of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The Judy Istock Butterfly Haven houses roughly 1,000 butterflies of over forty different species from around the globe at any one time. Doug Taron manages them all.