Move as millions. Survive as one. Those words are at the center of National Geographic Channel’s spectacular seven-part series Great Migrations which follows the journey of the planet’s roaming species as they travel from one point to another to ensure the survival of their species.
“Three years ago, the Great Migrations team had brash ambitions: we wanted to fundamentally change viewers’ response to migrating creatures,” explained series producer David Hamlin. “Our team had a mantra: from the earliest days, we visualized that when our work was done and people watched our series, they might wake up the next day and gaze across a field, over the sea, or up in the sky. And if they saw a flurry of migrating creatures, they wouldn’t simply pause and say, ‘Wow ... isn’t that beautiful ....’ Instead, they’d stop and say, ‘Wow ... I’m rooting for you ....’
Shot in HD and hosted by Alec Baldwin, the epic television event premiers this Sunday, November 7.
National Geographic Channel's Great Migrations Episode Guide:
BORN TO MOVE
Sunday, November 7, at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
Migrations need generals, admirals and pioneers. These leaders of the pack must keep teeming hordes in line and on track. How well these shepherds stay the course, navigating intercontinental and transoceanic journeys, will determine a species' triumphant survival or deadly collapse. This episode will follow wildebeests, red crabs, sperm whales, and monarchs as they surprise and inspire us on their journeys for sustenance and survival.
NEED TO BREED
Sunday, November 7, at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT
Need to Breed shares the stories of species’ quest to reproduce, the obstacles they overcome and the distances they travel to ensure future generations. Viewers will witness history as they see, for the first time in over two decades, that the white-eared kob is alive and well in war-torn Sudan. This episode also features stunning footage of little red flying foxes soaring across the skies of Australia; hardworking army ants creating mobile nests on the forest floor; and the remarkable feeding and breeding behaviors of elephant seals, penguins and black-browed albatross in the Falkland Islands – all creatures that must leave the sea and find land to breed.
SCIENCE OF GREAT MIGRATIONS
Tuesday, November 9, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
When animal behavior confounds scientists, technology now allows them to go places they’ve never gone before and see things in new levels of detail. In Science of Great Migrations, viewers will see how the latest tagging technology helps scientists better understand the movements of creatures great (elephant seal) and small (monarch butterfly); how texting could save a species from extinction; and how mathematical models might be able to predict a herd’s survival.
FEAST OR FAMINE
Sunday, November 14, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
The annual search for greener pastures means life must go on the march. Desperate herds, flocks, mobs and schools wage global searches for sustenance, while hungry predators lie in wait. Follow Mali elephants, great white sharks, the birds and insects of the upper Mississippi River, and the golden jellyfish of Palau as they make their life-or-death migrations to find sustenance.
RACE TO SURVIVE
Sunday, November 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Migrations are races against time. Seasons change, and freezing temperatures and scorching heat usher in a potential crisis. Trillions of creatures must dash for safety, running a gauntlet of stealthy predators. Safe havens are vanishing, and animals must stay one step ahead of a changing planet. This episode follows zebras in Africa, Pacific walrus off the coast of Alaska, majestic whale sharks, pronghorn of North America and creatures of the Borneo tree canopy as they race against time to feed and raise their young. No matter their place around the world, their survival depends on the precise timing and limited availability of a bounty of food.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Sunday, November 14, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
The all-National Geographic Great Migrations team spent two and a half years in the field, traveling 420,000 miles across 120 countries and all seven continents to bring this ambitious production to television. This episode of the Great Migrations shows the great efforts (and migrations!) undertaken by the National Geographic crews in order to tell the remarkable stories of our planet on the move.
RHYTHM OF LIFE
Saturday, November 20, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
The largest television event in National Geographic Society’s 122-year history, Great Migrations is a global programming event that takes viewers around the world on the arduous journeys millions of animals undertake to ensure the survival of their species. As part of National Geographic Channel’s seven-hour high-definition miniseries event three years in the making, Rhythm of Life is an hour-long visual concert comprised of stunning footage set to original music by composer Anton Sanko (“Big Love”). The musical hour will take viewers on a breathtaking ride on the tailwinds of billions of creatures marching, swimming and flying across the planet on death-defying journeys.
Also view: Twelve spectacular photos from National Geographic's 'Great Migrations'