The world of nature is a fascinating place to explore anytime of the year. But, this is my favorite season – spring – when the animal kingdom gets a breath of new life, as another generation is born.
This is nature’s most critical time. For, the future of the species is dependent on the survival, and successful rearing, of new members – who will, ultimately, carry on the genes. We’ll head out into the wilds, and look at this all-important process in mammals at the top of the food chain. It’s spring here in the Rocky Mountains, the time when nature revitalizes itself after the long cold winter. This is the most important season of all for wildlife. Because with the new generation that comes into the world today, lies the ultimate future of the species. So when spring arrives, nature works at a furious pace. In the mountains, kittens of the rarely seen lynx still have their eyes closed. Hidden in the trees, gray horned owl chicks are starting to stretch their new wings.