The Morning Blend



Posted: 8:28 AM, Oct 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-18 08:28:03-04

Have you ever noticed that so many people feel homesick for New England — even if they’ve never stepped foot here? Perhaps it’s the small towns and country stores; the covered bridges or rolling hills and maple trees. But it’s definitely the autumn colors - some of the most famous and prettiest fall foliage on the planet!

PBS is bringing Mother Nature’s biggest show to viewers who can’t get there themselves in the three-night live nature event, AutumnWatch – New England.Travel journalist Samantha Brown, wildlife cinematographer Bob Poole and BBC presenter Chris Packham host the live show, celebrating fall in New England, on October 17, 18 and 19. The picturesque special will include a mix of live feeds and taped footage from across New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Live cameras will be there to capture time-lapse changes of fall foliage; a quest for majestic moose in Maine; key wildlife species like squirrels, chipmunks and turkey gangs as they invade backyards in preparation for the winter months; and the critters like owls, bats and bears that make the most of nighttime. Local experts in food, wildlife, music, literature and history will join the trio of hosts each night to showcase characteristics special to the region, such as segments that highlight Native American history and traditions, Halloween traditions, regional fairs and the many farms that provide New England with its rich varieties of apples, pumpkins, cranberries and maple syrups.

Samantha Brown is a natural to co-host this special series, having grown up in New Hampshire. The travel journalist is best known for her works on the Travel Channel, including Girl Meets Hawaii, Great Vacation Homes, Passport to Europe, Green Getaways, Passport to China, and Samantha Brown's Asia, among many others. She is the host of Samantha Brown's Places to Love on PBS.