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Phil Ponce

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.
The island of Little Skellig, home to a large colony of northern gannet birds. Photo: George Karbus

'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. 
A bald eagle in flight in Alaska. Photo: Chris Kidd.

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. Photo: © 2016 Joel Sartore Photography Inc.

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.
A herd of elephants in Samburu National Park, Kenya. Photo: BBC/Sarah Bright

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 Yellowstone River. Photo: Filip Fuxa/

'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.
Luna, a rescued sea otter pup at Shedd Aquarium. Photo: ©Shedd Aquarium

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.
A giant manta in Micronesia, in PBS's Big Pacific. Photo: Ernie Kovacs/NHNZ

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.
Chicago Botanic Garden's Orchid Show. Photo: Chicago Botanic Garden


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.
El Capitan on the left and the surrounding mountains in Yosemite National Park, California. (Courtesy of Joseph Pontecorvo/© THIRTEEN Productions LLC)

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.
A nesting osprey shares the sky with planes from New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport. (Don Riepe / American Littoral Society)

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.
Spy Wild Dog Pup in Botswana. (Courtesy of Richard Jones/© John Downer Productions)

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.
A butterfly emerges from its chrysalis.

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.
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