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NATURE: Big Bend: The Wild Frontier Of Texas

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Lightning storm over Chisos Mountains in Big Bend, Texas.

Credit: Courtesy of © Lee Hoy

Above: Lightning storm over Chisos Mountains in Big Bend, Texas.

Witness the Beauty of the Untamed American Borderlands

The majestic Rio Grande River cuts deep canyons between the United States and Mexico, creating staggering landscapes in one of the largest protected areas of its kind in North America.

The most remote corner of this infamous borderland is Big Bend National Park — a vast, unspoiled wonderland of serene beauty and home to some of America’s most glorious wildlife.

This true frontier land, where horizons never end and stars blaze as they have for eons, is featured in NATURE “Big Bend: The Wild Frontier Of Texas.”

Preview of Big Bend: The Wild Frontier Of Texas

Roam the Wild West frontier land of the Rio Grande’s Big Bend alongside its iconic animals, including black bears, rattlesnakes and scorpions. Airing: 02/10/21

In a journey narrated by Thomas Haden Church ("Sideways," HBO’s DIVORCE), uncover Western dramas as told by the animals themselves.

Showcasing the natural magic of Big Bend over the course of a year, the film searches out its secret places and wild creatures, including many species of birds, butterflies, bats, reptiles, cacti and scorpions. Big Bend is home to a greater variety of these creatures than nearly any other U.S. National Park!

The film features Big Bend’s remarkable Black Bears — pioneers who came across the Mexican desert and were the first to reclaim Texas after decades of hunting and persecution.

Sly Bear Steals From Woodpecker's Acorn Stash

There are many reasons Big Bend is good for bears and this is one of them. A clever bear stumbled upon a woodpecker's large stash of acorns, which he continued to take from for days. Much to the disgust of the acorn woodpecker.

Witness in super slow motion the magnificent courtship display of the Lucifer Hummingbird and the extraordinary Pallid Bat stalking its insect prey on the desert floor at night.

Meet the World's Smallest Owl

Watch the elf owl, the smallest owl in the world, hunt food for its chicks. Despite their small size, these owls are able to tackle prey almost as big and powerful as themselves.

Observe male Bighorn Sheep fighting for dominance and the unique way beavers keep themselves groomed.

Watch the Elf Owl, the smallest owl in the world, hunt food for its chicks. And catch a glimpse of the first-ever footage of Anna’s Hummingbirds nesting in Big Bend.

Anna’s Hummingbird Filmed Nesting for First Time in Big Bend

In a nest barely the size of a golf ball, an Anna’s hummingbird has two healthy chicks almost ready to leave the nest. This is the first time these birds have ever been seen nesting in Big Bend.

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NATURE is available for streaming simultaneously on all station-branded PBS platforms, including and the PBS Video App, which is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.

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NATURE is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and PBS. Fred Kaufman is executive producer; Bill Murphy is series producer and Janet Hess; and Danielle Steinberg is digital content and strategy lead. A production of Crossing the Line Productions and THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET in co-production with ORF-UNIVERSUM and FRANCE TÉLÉVISIONS in association with RTÉ and SVT. The documentary is directed by John Murray and Jamie Fitzpatrick. Principal photography by Skip Hobbie and Domenico Pontillo. Written by John Murray and edited by Jamie Fitzpatrick. Produced by Cepa Giblin, John Murray and Skip Hobbie. The film’s score was composed by Texas band Explosions in the Sky.


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