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THE FLOWERS HAVE GONE WILD! - a kids song video about wildflowers and their pollinators

Category: Animal Song Videos

Published: Friday, May 08, 2015

Greetings my dear fans and friends!

I've been taking photos and videos of wildflowers and pollinators since I wrote my song,
"The Flowers Have Gone Wild" several springs ago.  I'm very excited to share the best of them with you in this 3 minute music video. Each framed flower and splash of color reminds me of how much I love writing these songs and how much I love sharing them with each of you.You will watch bees, beetles, ants, bird pollinators in this video, as well as many kinds of beautiful wildflowers from the western United States. I hope you enjoy this music video I've made for you. Please share it with your friends!

Let Spring fill our hearts with the colors and sounds of the outdoor world!

With lots of love,

Birdsong                     

"THE FLOWERS HAVE GONE WILD" can be found on our  2013 Parents' Choice Approved CD "EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids" by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. You can find all of our kids songs about animals, plants and habitats on our Birdsong TV website.

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Lyrics and music by Cheryl Procaccini aka Birdsong 
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Listen to our song, BELLA THE GORILLA and watch a fun Gorilla Video by All Things Animal TV

Category: Animal Videos

Published: Friday, March 13, 2015

IT'S TIME TO LEARN ABOUT GORILLAS!

-LISTEN TO OUR FUN ANIMAL SONG FOR KIDS, 
  "Bella The Gorilla".
  
-WATCH A FUN GORILLA VIDEO made especially for kids by All Things Animal TV

-"Bella the Gorilla" is featured on the cover of our CD,

EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids

ENJOY!

~Birdsong

Singer/Songwriter
Creator of: 

Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders
Birdsong TV
    
Lyrics and Music by Birdsong
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Read about Carolina Beach girl who makes necklaces to save animals

Category: Eco-Wonder Kids Videos

Published: Tuesday, March 03, 2015

 

Dear Friends,

I was very excited to read about a seven-year old girl named Skylar who is making necklaces to help save endangered animals. Skylar, who has raised over $1,000 to donate to the World Wildlife Fund, wants to be a Marine Bioligist and save endangered animals. You can read more about Skylar on WECT.com. I know that there are children all over the world who love animals and are doing things to help protect them. If you are one of those kids, I would love to hear from you. You and your parents or teacher can write to me about what you are doing and I will post your story on my blog. Each of us can make a difference in the world, and your story might inspire other children to do things in their own communities to help protect wildlife.  (Photo Source: WECT)

   If you want to be inspired by other Eco-Wonder kids and heroes like Skyler, watch this video "IF I WERE A FISH" about children in Belize who are helping to protect the ocean:

 While you're here on our blog, you can watch more Eco-Wonder Kids music videos to see what other children are doing to care for the earth. Or watch our animal songs for kids videos about sea turtles, whales, octopus, butterfies, worms, dolphins and more. 
ENJOY!

-Birdsong

  Creator of:
IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids
EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids 
by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders
 

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Sad News about a Killer Whale named Rhapsody

Category: Animal Facts and Photos

Published: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dear Friends,

Rhapsody - J32 - Photo courtesy of Whalemuseum.orgI am writing to share the sad news of the death of "Rhapsody", the killer whale we sing about in our song, "Orcas". Rhapsody died in December 2014 at 18 years of age.
It is believed that Rhapsody and her unborn calf died of starvation due to the declining population of their primary food source, Chinook salmon. What makes her death particularly tragic is that Rhapsody was one of the few remaining Southern Resident orcas of child-bearing age. It was hoped that Rhapsody would help grow the population of her endangered community of Orcas aka Killer Whales.  (Photo of Rhapsody courtesy of The Whale Museum)

Rhapsody's premature death has helped me more deeply understand the connections between our everyday actions (e.g. the food we eat) and the survival of the animals with whom we share our planet. When I asked my friends
at The Whale Museum (on San Juan Island) what we could do to help these endangered killer whales, they recommended we stop eating Chinook salmon aka King salmon. They also asked me to share the informational postcard below with the fans and friends of Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. Please take a few minutes to read it.

I will always remember Rhapsody and I ask you to join me in remembering her the next time you listen to "Orcas" (from our CD "EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids"). Thank you. Click here to listen and sing her song. Rhapsody's remaining family members are her aunt, Oreo and her cousins, DoubleStuf and Cookie of the Southern Resident JPod.     

Sincerely,

Birdsong

                                                                                                        

-Learn more about Killer Whales when you watch our animal song video for kids,
"Orcas" on a
previous blog post.


-WANT TO LEARN ABOUT OTHER ANIMALS WE LOVE?

-Check out our fun animal song music videos for kids:  
octopus, dolphins, worms, butterflies, gray whales, wolves, tide pools, sea turtles, and pinnipeds and even more on Birdsong TV.  Enjoy!

 -Learn about the adaptive behaviors and survival skills of wolves, caterpillars, worms, gorillas, geese and more on our fun 2013 Parents' Choice Approved  kids CD "EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids" by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders

-Find all of our kids songs about animals, plants and habitats on our Birdsong TV website. 

ENJOY! 

Lyrics and music by Birdsong 
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The Big Blue Whale and its tiny food source, Krill

Category: Animal Facts and Photos

Published: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Blue Whale and Its Position In The Food Chain

The blue whale is the largest animal currently living on the planet, and is thought to be the heaviest animal that has ever existed. Blue whales are truly magnificent creatures
, and the list of records that they top is truly mind boggling. Their hearts weigh as much as a standard car, their tongues weigh as much as an elephant. Despite their whopping size, however, the blue whale feasts on some of the smallest marine life in the food chain: krill. Krill are tiny invertebrate that are just 6cm long and bear an uncanny resemblance to shrimp. Every day the blue whale will eat an awe inspiring 3,6000kg of krill which they hunt by diving to depths of up to 500 meters and using their mouths as a unique tool to catch them. The whale's mouth is an amazing feat of mechanical engineering: Immediately inside its mouth is has a row of plates fringed with bristles designed to help to filter the krill from the water it intakes. At the end of each of these fringed plates is what resembles a moustache of long bristles to help it to hold on to its miniscule prey. The Blue Whales mighty mouth can hold up to 5,000kg of water and krill in any one hunting drive. 

Fascinating Krill

Although they are small and not particularly interesting to look at, Krill have a massively important place in the food chain and without them almost all of the animals in the Antarctic (including the blue whale) would starve, and then simply disappear from our waters.  Krill can live for up to ten years: an incredible feat given how heavily hunted they are, and during certain times of year, krill congregate in swarms so dense and widespread across the Antarctic ocean that they can actually be seen from space.

Scientists estimate that there are so many krill in the Antarctic that the total weight of all the Antarctic krill in our oceans right now is more than the total weight of all humans on Earth. Because of this, it is massively worrying that since the 1970s, the numbers of krill living in the Antarctic has dropped by a huge 80 per cent. It is thought that this drop in numbers is because of the effects that global warming is having on the region: the Antarctic is thought to be the continent most dramatically affected by climate change. Climate change is causing much of the Antarctics ice regions to melt, leading to a drop in the numbers of ice-algae in the region. Ice-algae is krill's primary food source and without it, there simply won't be the numbers of krill available to sustain all of the animals that rely on it as their own food source and the focus of their survival.

Interlinked Survival of Both Species                                                                             

If you care about the Blue Whale and its survival then it is also important to care about the survival of Krill too. The habitats of both the blue whale and the krill they eat in order to survive is being placed under increasing pressure, both from global warming and from toxic man made water pollution.  For example, disposing of prescription medications by pouring them down the drain, flushing them down the toilet or putting them in the trash creates dangerous levels of pharmaceutical pollution in the waters off our shores; and this is having a serious and concerning effect on the habitats that these magnificent creatures, and the krill that form such a large part of their diet. Toxicologists are increasingly finding that pharmaceutical pollution is actually changing the genetic make up of many of our ocean's creatures, leaving them unable to fulfil their natural biological purpose, and take their place in the food chain. 

How to help

One way to help solve this problem of pharmaceutical pollution is to find out how to properly dispose of your leftover medications and other toxic waste in a safe disposal site in your city. If your city or town does not have a safe disposal site or hazardous waste site, you can call or write to your city hall, mayor or city representative and ask them to provide one. 

The survival of our ocean's supply of krill and of the magnificent blue whale are intrinsically intertwined. Many people talk about how important it is to ensure the blue whale's survival without actually realizing that one of the best ways to ensure this is to create safe and positive habitats for the krill that forms the vast majority of their daily diet. 

-Post written by Anne Oyster

 
Blue Whale and Krill photos
 courtesy of NOAA 
                                                                                                                 

-Learn more about blue whales when you listen to our animal song for kids,
"So Big! Blue Whale!"
from our CD "IF I WERE A FISH and Other Animal Songs for Kids".

-Check out our blue whale mother and calf video!

-WANT TO LEARN ABOUT OTHER ANIMALS WE LOVE?

-Check out our fun animal song music videos for kids:  
octopus, dolphins, worms, butterflies, gray whales, wolves, tide pools, sea turtles, and pinnipeds and even more on Birdsong TV.  Enjoy!

 -Learn about the adaptive behaviors and survival skills of wolves, orcas, worms and more on our fun 2013 Parents' Choice Approved  kids CD "EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids" by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders

-Find all of our kids songs about animals, plants and habitats on our Birdsong TV website. 

ENJOY! 

Lyrics and music by Birdsong 
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Watch a mother gray whale and her newborn calf in this video by Capt. Dave!

Category: Animal Videos

Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I absolutely love this surprising video of a mother gray whale and her newborn calf filmed by our friends at Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari. Watch it to find out why it was so surprising to see this newborn whale off the shore of Dana Point, California.  You can also learn more about the amazing California Gray Whale  when you listen to our kids song, "Migration"  from our CD  "IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids" (by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders). You can also watch our fun kids song video,"Migration--The Journey of the California Gray Whale" on an earlier blog post. This kids music video will help you learn more about gray whale migration, adaptation and reproduction. You can find the lyrics to "Migration" on our website. Click here for lyrics. Want to know how you can help to keep the ocean clean for the gray whale and other sea animals? Oxford the Octopus has a few suggestions on our website! 

To watch our other fun animal song videos for kids, click on the animal's name: octopus, dolphins, worms, butterflies, gray whales, wolves, tide pools, sea turtles, and pinnipeds and even more on Birdsong TV.  Enjoy!
Lyrics and music by Birdsong 
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EARTH IS OUR HOME - a kids song video featuring dolphins, whales, bears and more

Category: Animal Song Videos

Published: Tuesday, January 06, 2015

"We have a beautiful world, an amazing place, our blue green planet Earth spinning in space...
So many species of the animals we love.
We're Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders,
taking care of planet Earth, because it is our home!"
-lyrics from "Earth Is Our Home"

BIRDSONG AND THE ECO-WONDERS wish all of you a "Happy New Year!" in this music video featuring some amazing animals we have met in our travels and research. Also featured is our song, "Earth Is Our Home" from our 2013 Parents' Choice Approved CD "EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids" by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. You can listen to the complete version of "EARTH IS OUR HOME" on SoundCloud.
You can find all of our kids songs about animals, plants and habitats on our Birdsong TV website. 

 Lyrics and music by Cheryl Procaccini aka Birdsong 
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Look at these great photos as you listen to MIGRATION - a kids song about the California Gray Whale

Category: Animal Songs- Ocean

Published: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CLICK HERE to listen to "MIGRATION", our kids song about the California Gray Whale.

   
   
   
   PHOTOS COURTESY OF GUY LOUCKS

Dear Friends,

     Check out these great photos of the California Gray Whales, taken in San Ignacio lagoon in Baja, Mexico by my friend Guy Loucks. As I write this blog post, the California Gray Whales are making their annual migration from the cold seas of Alaska to the warm lagoons of Baja, Mexico. Learn all about this amazing animal when you listen to our fun song, "Migration"  from our CD  "IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids" by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders). You can see our complete collection of gray whale photos by Guy Loucks on our website photo gallery.  
      
You can also watch our fun kids song video,"Migration--The Journey of the California Gray Whale" on our previous blog post. This kids music video will help you learn more about gray whale migration, adaptation and reproduction. You can find the lyrics to "Migration" on our website. Click here for lyrics. Want to know how you can help to keep the ocean clean for the gray whale and other sea animals? Oxford the Octopus has a few suggestions on our website! 

Enjoy! 
~Birdsong

MORE ABOUT "MIGRATION":
    
-"MIGRATION" can be found  on our CD "IF I WERE A FISH and Other Animal Songs for Kids."

-Find the complete lyrics to "IF I WERE A FISH and Other Animals Songs for Kids"
 on our Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders website.

-You can also hear more animal songs for kids on our 2013 Parents' Choice Approved 
CD
"EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids" by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders.

-To watch our other fun animal song videos for kids, click on the animal's name: octopus, dolphins, worms, butterflies, gray whales, wolves, tide pools, sea turtles, and pinnipeds and even more on Birdsong TV.  Enjoy!

-Find all of our kids songs about animals, plants and habitats on our Birdsong TV website. 

 Lyrics and music by Birdsong 
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Watch MIGRATION - a kids song video about the California Gray Whale

Category: Animal Song Videos

Published: Sunday, November 30, 2014



Dear Friends, 

     It's that time of year again, when the California Gray Whales make their annual migration from the cold seas of Alaska to the warm lagoons of Baja, Mexico. Learn all about this amazing animal in our fun, educational YouTube video for kids, "Migration--The Journey of the California Gray Whale."  It's catchy theme song, "Migration", by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders, celebrates these amazing creatures and is filled with beautiful photos of the gray whales (courtesy of Guy Loucks) as well as footage from performances of Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders (courtesy of Michelle Spieker). "Migration" was one of my first animal songs for kids and is included on our CD  "IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids" by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders).  
 
   This kids music video about gray whales will help you learn more about gray whale migration, adaptation and reproduction.  You can also find the lyrics to "Migration" on our website. Click here for lyrics. Want to know how you can help to keep the ocean clean for the gray whale and other sea animals? Oxford the Octopus has a few suggestions on our website! 

Enjoy!

~Birdsong
Singer/Songwriter
Creator of: 

Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders
Birdsong TV
    

-"MIGRATION" can be heard on our CD "IF I WERE A FISH and Other Animal Songs for Kids." 

-Find the complete lyrics to "IF I WERE A FISH and Other Animals Songs for Kids"
 on our Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders website.

-You can also hear more animal songs for kids on our 2013 Parents' Choice Approved 
CD
"EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids" by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders.

-To watch our other fun animal song videos for kids, click on the animal's name: octopus, dolphins, worms, butterflies, gray whales, wolves, tide pools, sea turtles, and pinnipeds and even more on Birdsong TV.  Enjoy!

-Find all of our kids songs about animals, plants and habitats on our Birdsong TV website. 

 Lyrics and music by Birdsong 
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Watch a fun video of Sperm Whales, the largest of the toothed whales

Category: Animal Videos

Published: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dear Friends,

I was thrilled to hear that a giant pod over over 60 sperm whales visited the ocean waters off the coast of Dana Point, California last week. This exciting event was reported and video-recorded by my friends at Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari. Watching this video was the next best thing to being there, and it filled my heart with joy. This was a truly fortunate whale sighting! You can learn more about it on the Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari website. I have not yet written a song about sperm whales, but this video may inspire me to do so. Here are some things I learned about the sperm whales on Capt. Dave's website:

FUN FACTS ABOUT SPERM WHALES:

-Sperm whales can reach lengths of up to 59 feet and weigh up to 45 tons.
-They are the largest toothed whale and may have been in Dana Point, CA feeding on giant Humboldt squid.
-Pods like those seen in the video are made up of mostly of adult females and sub-adult males.
-Female adult sperm whales usually roam away from the main group. 
-Sperm whales can dive to depths over 3,300 feet, making them the second deepest diving marine mammal after the Cuvier's beaked whale. _
-Sperm whales can hold their breath for over an hour.
-They have the largest brain of any known animal on Earth.

     I look forward to learning more about these beautiful creatures. Although I have not yet wriiten a song about them, I have written an animal song for kids that captures the sense of awe and wonder I feel when I watch this video. My song is called "Earth Is Our Home" and it is featured on our CD EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids" by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders.  LISTEN TO "Earth Is Our Home".

    Although I did not meet these sperm whales, I was fortunate enough to meet some blue whales on a boat ride with Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari in summer of 2013. You can see those blue whales on our video "Birdsong Sights a Blue Whale tail!" 
    

ENJOY!

Birdsong
Singer/Songwriter
Creator of: 

Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders
Birdsong TV
    

-Check out our fun animal song videos for kids:  
octopus, dolphins, worms, butterflies, gray whales, wolves, tide pools, sea turtles, and pinnipeds and even more on Birdsong TV.  Enjoy!

 -Learn about the adaptive behaviors and survival skills of wolves, orcas, worms and more on our fun 2013 Parents' Choice Approved  kids CD "EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids" by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders

-Find all of our kids songs about animals, plants and habitats on our Birdsong TV website. 

 Lyrics and music by Birdsong 
© Little One Music (ASCAP)  All Rights Reserved

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