WGBH Openvault

NOVA; Bird Brain: The Mystery of Bird Navigation

License Clip

More material is available from this program at the WGBH Archive. If you are a researcher interested in accessing the collection at WGBH, please email archive_requests@wgbh.org.

Undigitized item: Request Digitization

Untranscribed item: Request Transcription

Bird Brain: The Mystery of Bird Navigation
Program Number


Series Description

Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

Program Description

Birds migrate in search of perpetual summer, sometimes traveling as much as 20,000 miles every year. NOVA shows using radar to track and identify migrating birds that travel at night can aid meteorologists, in choosing routes that avoid bad weather, how birds navigate and make the best use of prevailing winds.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Chicago: “NOVA; Bird Brain: The Mystery of Bird Navigation,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 18, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8046B8CCD5724AA88DE7FEE5916C39C1.
MLA: “NOVA; Bird Brain: The Mystery of Bird Navigation.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 18, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8046B8CCD5724AA88DE7FEE5916C39C1>.
APA: NOVA; Bird Brain: The Mystery of Bird Navigation. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8046B8CCD5724AA88DE7FEE5916C39C1
If you have more information about this item, we want to know! Please contact us, including the URL.