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Bower Bird Blues (#1410)

The rainforests of eastern Australia are home to many exotic and flamboyant animals, including some of the most ingenious architects of the animal kingdom. The bower bird is no exception. To the male bower bird, its literal labor of love is the elaborate bower it builds as a means to attract females. It collects sticks, feathers, insects, shells and leaves, all of which it arranges fastidiously on the ground. Each male must rebuild his bower constantly, as their carefully crafted arbors are taken apart by rival bower birds or are trampled by other animals. This documentary follows the melange of wildlife that inhabits this rich rainforest, as well as the trials of a single male bower bird as he tries to romance several potential mates. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Science & Technology
Series Length
299 episodes
Average Episode Length
57 minutes
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Record and retain for 1 year from each broadcast. No duplication allowed.
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Series Description: NATURE, television's longest-running weekly natural history series, has won more than 200 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community and environmental organizations, including the only award ever given to a television program by the Sierra Club.

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