The Gathering Swarms

The Gathering Swarms

Bats, Butterflies, and More

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A look at some of the planet's great gatherings, creatures that come together in inconceivable numbers, sometimes in millions, billions, and even trillions. Some gather to breed, migrate, for protection, or simply to keep warm. But in the process, a kind of super-organism is created in which individual intelligence is superseded by a collective consciousness that shares information and moves with a single purpose for the benefit of all.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781627890175
1627890173
Branch Call Number: DVD 591.5 GATHERING
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Nature (Television program)
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ManMachine
Feb 07, 2016

Believe me - This nature-documentary certainly wasn't called "The Gathering Swarms" for nothing!

From bees, to bats, to butterflies, to birds (and beyond) - If there's one thing that all of these (and many other) critters seem to like to do - That is to "swarm". And often-times this swarming is done by the millions, or even by the billions (in some cases).

This fairly impressive Nature Series documentary from PBS takes the viewer on a trip to numerous locations around the globe where they are given an close-up look at some of the planet's greatest gatherings (swarms) of all.

These are the places where some creatures swarm together in order to breed or to migrate, some for protection (safety in numbers), and some to simply keep warm from the bitter cold.

Featuring plenty of excellent camera-work and informed narration - "The Gathering Swarms" is certainly well-worth a view for anyone who might be interested in watching some truly bizarre behaviour patterns where collective consciousness prevails over individual intelligence.

This DVD presentation has an approximate running time of only1 hour. (Watch video)

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jimg2000
Apr 04, 2015

Super footage of swarming animals and their mysteries: bees, locust and ants, Texas cave free tailed bats, Mexican monarch butterflies, North Carolina cicada, Sea of Cortez grunion, Illinois River flying Asian carps, South African coast sardine runs, Australian parakeets, Mississippi mayflies, Lake Victoria brine flies, African quelea, Antarctic emperor penguins and East African wildebeest (not in that order)

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jimg2000
Apr 04, 2015

Best descriptive site that I can find: http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/05/pbs_nature_looks_at_superswarm.html

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