May 8 – Happy Birthday, Sir David Attenborough!

Posted on May 8, 2014

Today, say happy birthday to a man who is almost synonymous with natural history TV shows.

A man whose list of books in Wikipedia covers half my screen, and whose TV credits require an entirely different Wikipedia article—and lots of scrolling.

A man whose career as the writer, presenter, narrator, and/or producer of programs about plants and animals has filled our screens in the 1950s and 1960s, the 1970s and 1980s and 1990s, the 2000s and now the 2010s – a career that has lasted more than 60 years now! And it's still going!

A man whose career has been so illustrious and so long that he received BAFTAs (the British equivalent of an Oscar or Emmy Award) for programs in black-and-white, color, HD, and 3D. He is the only person to have done so.

Sir David Attenborough is sometimes called a “National Treasure” in his own country – the United Kingdom – but I think he could be called a “World Treasure,” too. Check out some of his works today!

Here is a bit about carnivorous (meat-eating) plants. 

Here Attenborough reads the lyrics of “Wonderful World” - and it's quite simply wonderful!

Here Attenborough says “boo” to a sloth and lets us in on the mystery scientists have never solved about a sloth's pooping habits!

Here is a long video on climate change. 

You can also watch many of Attenborough's documentaries on Netflix and Netflix streaming. Check out Planet Earth, Blue Planet, The Life of Mammals, and The Life of Birds. And more!

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