WILDLIFE -- Bringing Life to the Desert: Giant Cactus

In the Sonoran Desert that stretches across part of North America, giant cacti are an important part of the lives of various wild birds. The greater roadrunner, an eccentric ground bird that dashes across the land, nests in the space of a spine-covered cactus. Meanwhile, small owls with a dynamic hunting style use holes drilled by woodpeckers on huge cacti as their nest and hiding places. While enduring extreme heat and dryness, these creatures are in a constant race for survival. Fortunately, the cacti offer the birds support just when they need it most, and sudden downpours provide the desert with much-needed moisture. This episode tells the stories of how these unique birds are protected by cacti and survive in an environment with constant, drastic changes.