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PBS & BBC Co-Production Supernature - Wild Flyers Coming to OETA
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The sky is one of the world’s most challenging places to thrive, but across the planet an extraordinary and unexpected range of animals does something we can only dream of – takes to the air. This phenomenon is captured in greater detail than ever before in SUPERNATURE – WILD FLYERS (watch a clip), which premieres Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. CT on OETA-HD and airs Wednesdays through July 13.

Through the use of cutting-edge camera technologies and filming techniques, the series details incredible physical adaptations and makes new discoveries that reveal how these animals have mastered the sky, as well as how taking flight is used as a survival mechanism.  

SUPERNATURE – WILD FLYERS is an innovative new series that brings the lives of flying animals to life in incredible detail and provides a spectacular new perspective,” said Bill Gardner, Vice President, Programming and Development for PBS. “Utilizing new filming, editing and composite CGI techniques, the series is an engaging, fun and insightful example of how nature programming is an innovative and evolving genre.”

Below are descriptions for each of SUPERNATURE – WILD FLYERS’ three episodes.

“Defying Gravity”
Premieres June 29, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Explore the basic principles of flight to see how animals become airborne in the first place. From leapers to gliders and those that effortlessly fly, each creature has special techniques. But all must overcome a powerful force — gravity. Animals featured in this episode include caracals, wood duck chicks, vultures, flying squirrels, paradise tree snakes, flying fish and many more.

“Masters of the Sky”
Premieres July 6, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Many animals take to the skies for a split second, but to stay there, the planet’s strongest flyers push the laws of physics to the limit. Explore the extremes of true flight: power, acceleration, top speed, maneuverability and endurance. Animals that appear in this episode include the peregrine falcon, Japanese rhinoceros beetle, sparrowhawk and the booted racket-tailed hummingbird, among others.  

“Crowded Skies”
Premieres July 13, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET
The sky is a crowded world where mammals, birds and insects hunt, escape, mate, defend territory, sleep and even die on the wing. Survival up there depends not just on beating gravity or mastering flight, but also out-flying the competition. Animals featured in the final episode include the gannet bird, African skimmer, kingbird, glasswing butterfly and many more.

SUPERNATURE – WILD FLYERS is presented as part of a multi-title co-production deal among PBS, BBC and BBC Worldwide North America. The partnership provides a pipeline of the high-quality, entertaining factual programs that PBS and BBC audiences have come to expect.