“Animal Homes,” a three-part PBS series to air this month (April), will investigates just how animals build their remarkable homes around the globe and the intriguing behaviors and social interactions that take place in and around them.
|Ecologist Chris Morgan|
Hosting the series is ecologist Chris Morgan, who serves as guide and real estate agent. He evaluates and deconstructs animal abodes, their materials, location, neighborhood and aesthetics. In addition to Morgan opening the doors of animal homes in the wild, he is also in studio showing examples of the incredible diversity of nests and their strength, even trying his hand at building a few.
The series will feature a blend of CGI, animation, CT scans and signature blueprint graphics to highlight engineering principles inside the structures. A variety of cameras, including tiny HD versions, capture unprecedented views inside animal homes without disturbing natural behavior. When appropriate, filmmakers shoot behaviors in slow motion and use infrared and time lapse to reveal how animals create their structures over time and through the seasons.
Over the course of three episodes, the series delves into the amazing flexibility animal architects display, the clever choices they make and the ingenious ways they deal with troublesome habitats.
“Animal Homes” will air 8 p.m. on three consecutive Wednesdays, April 8, 15 and 22 on PBS (check local listings).