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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 see 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 -Find all of our kids songs about animals, plants and habitats on our Birdsong TV website. Lyrics and music by Cheryl Procaccini aka Birdsong © Little One Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved

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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 by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders.

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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 WFSB. 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: [object type=application/x-shockwave-flash data=http://www.youtube.com/v/lVEmqT32fMI width=425 height=344] [param name=movie value=http://www.youtube.com/v/lVEmqT32fMI /] [param name=wmode value=transparent /] [param name=quality value=best /] [param name=scale value=noscale /][/object] 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 EVERTHING 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, I 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-left- 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. -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 © Little One Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved

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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

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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!

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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! 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 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. -Find all of our kids songs about animals, plants and habitats on our Birdsong TV website. Lyrics and music by Cheryl Procaccini aka Birdsong © Little One Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved

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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 also watch our fun kids song video,Migration--The Journey of the California Gray Whale on our last 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!

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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, teaches about these amazing creatures and is filled with beautiful photos of the gray whales by Guy Loucks as well as footage from performances of Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. 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!

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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 and awe. This was a truly fortunate whale sighting! for 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 just 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. 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!

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Learn about the largest of the sea turtles, THE LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE: 1) READ THE KIDS' TIMES by NOAA . 2) LISTEN TO OUR SEA TURTLE SONG, HERE WE GO 3) READ THE LYRICS TO HERE WE GO and our other ocean animal songs for kids. Here we go, go, go! Wish us luck, luck, luck... As we make our way across the sand to the sea. We've just hatched, hatched, hatched...from our eggs, eggs, eggs. And the ocean water world is where we need to be. -from our kids' song Here We Go - on our CD IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids 5) WATCH OUR SEA TURTLE SONG VIDEO HERE WE GO 6) HERE ARE SOME FUN LINKS TO HELP YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLES: Sea Turtle Conservancy - Games and Downloads NEST - Network for Endangered Sea Turtles -Facts about the Leatherback Sea Turtle NEST - Turtle Kids Club - Artwork, games and activities about sea turtles National Geographic- Leatherback Sea Turtles Wildscreen Arckive - Watch a very cool video of a mother leatherback sea turtle laying her eggs! 6) CHECK OUT THESE LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE PHOTOS FROM NOAA

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Here We Go- Lyrics to our Sea Turtle Song for Kids

Category: Song Lyrics

Published: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dear Friends. Today's blog post contains the lyrics to our animal song about baby sea turtles, Here We Go, from our CD IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. Our fun sea turtle song lyrics will help you learn about the adaptation and survival skills of baby sea turtles in the first few days of their lives. We hope the lyrics also help you sing along to Here We Go. You can hear the entire song by watching our fun animal song video Here We Go - The story of baby sea turtles. There you will see lots of baby sea turtle photos, some of them courtesy of our friends at NOAA. Want to know how you can help to keep the ocean clean for sea turtles and other sea animals? We have a few suggestions on our website! We also have a growing collection of animal songs videos for kids that we'd love to share with you. If you haven't yet seen our fun octopus song video,Oxford the Octopus, CLICK HERE TO WATCH. To watch even more fun animal song videos, click on the animal's name: dolphins, worms, butterflies, gray whales, wolves, tide pools, sea turtles, pinnipeds and even more on Birdsong TV. ENJOY! LYRICS - Here We Go - A kids song about baby sea turtles Chorus Here we go, go, go. Wish us luck, luck, luck. As we make our way across the sand to the sea. We've just hatched, hatched, hatched. From our eggs, eggs, eggs. And the ocean water world is where we need to be. 1) We are baby sea turtles. We've been growing in our eggs That our mother laid in a nest in the warm, dry sand. And now that all of us are hatched it's time to begin To dash together to the sea to have our first swim. (to Chorus) 2) When we scramble to the sea in the middle of the night, We find our way with the help of the moon and starlight. It's our first big adventure since we've left our turtle nest. And we must find a safe place in the sea before we rest. (to Chorus) Bridge: If we are lucky we will grow up in the sea Eating tiny shrimp, sea jellies and seaweed. And maybe one day some of us will find our way back To lay our own eggs on this beach where we were hatched. (to Chorus)

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Clickety-Clack- Dolphin Song Lyrics for Kids

Category: Song Lyrics

Published: Friday, August 8, 2014

Dear Friends. Today's blog post contains the lyrics to our animal song about dolphins, Clickety-Clack (from our CD IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders). Our dolphin song lyrics will help you learn about dolphin communication, behavior and echolocation. We hope the lyrics also help you sing along to Clickety-Clack. You can hear the entire song by watching our fun animal song video Clickety-Clack. There you will see lots of dolphin photos, courtesy of our friends at NOAA. Want to know how you can help to keep the ocean clean for dolphins and other sea animals? We have a few suggestions on our website! We also have a growing collection of animal songs videos for kids that we'd love to share with you. LYRICS - CLICKETY-CLACK - A kids song about dolphins I am a dolphin of the ocean blue And I have a song I want to sing for you. It's about the ways I communicate. The song has sounds I hope you'll help me make. Chorus Click, Click, Clickety-Clack. I send a sound and it bounces back. Echoes in my mind, helps me see What's up ahead in the deep blue sea. Click, Click. Whistle and Squawk. It's just the way that a dolphin talks. I call my friends so we can play In a fun-loving dolphin way. (Clicking sounds) Swimming, swimming oh so gracefully. Fishing for some food to give us energy. We leap high. We dive deep. We whistle and we squeak. We communicate and echolocate with . . . (to Chorus) I am a dolphin of the ocean blue and now I'd love to hear some sounds from you. You can click and squeal just like me. Pretend you're a dolphin playing in the sea!Instrumental and dolphin sounds I call my friends so we can play in a fun loving dolphin way, In a fun loving dolphin way, in a fun loving dolphin way. © Little One Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved

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Dear Friends, I hope you enjoy our YouTube video Birdsong Sights a Blue Whale tail!. I was thrilled to finally meet a blue whale off the coast of Dana Point, CA in summer, 2013. I was on a boat ride with Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari, and we sighted many blue whales, including an adult female and her calf. See how big the baby blue whale is, and watch as the mother blue whale surprises us with her tail! It was wonderful to finally meet the largest creatures on the planet. Learn more about these impressive animals when you listen to my kids' song, So Big! Blue Whale, from our CD IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. There are few things I find quite as exciting as meeting an animal I have written about in one of my songs. For instance, in Spring, 2007, I was fortunate enough to meet the gray whales in San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja, Mexico while the mother whales were stil nursing their babies and waiting for them to grow strong enough to make their long migration to Alaska. Mother and baby whales swam right up to our boats as we all greeted them with our words, squeals and an occasional touch. It is by far one of the most memorable experiences of my life. We even sang my song Migration to the whales that we encountered! Then in 2013, I was so very happy to meet several humpback whales that were spending Summer in the cold nutient-rich ocean waters of Alaska. We watched those humpbacks for hours as they breached, spy-hopped and showed as they dived back into the ocean. It was exhilarating to see! Someday soon, I will make a video of the humpbacks and feature another of my whale songs for kids, Humpback Whale Song ! In the meantime, I hope that you enjoy this short video of a mother blue whale tail and her baby. The day I sighted them was a memorable day, indeed! ENJOY!

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Learn about one of our favorite ocean animals, THE GREEN SEA TURTLE: 1) READ THE KIDS' TIMES by NOAA- Green Sea Turtle Facts 2) LISTEN TO OUR SEA TURTLE SONG, HERE WE GO 3) READ THE LYRICS TO HERE WE GO and our other ocean animal songs for kids. Here we go, go, go! Wish us luck, luck, luck... As we make our way across the sand to the sea. We've just hatched, hatched, hatched...from our eggs, eggs, eggs. And the ocean water world is where we need to be. -from our kids' song Here We Go - on our CD IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids 4) WATCH OUR MUSIC VIDEO HERE WE GO 5) CHECK OUT THESE PHOTOS FROM NOAA and PMFS: 6) HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO HELP YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT GREEN SEA TURTLES: Animal Fact Guide - Green Sea Turtles Sea Turtle Conservancy - Games and Downloads NEST - Turtle Kids Club National Geographic- Green Sea Turtles

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Dear Friends, I hope you enjoy this video of California gray whales from Captain Dave's Dolphin Safari YouTube Channel. These are the amazing whales that are featured in my kids' song, Migration, found on our CD IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. I feel excitement as well as love for the gray whales whales whenever I watch this video. I was fortunate enough to meet these gray whales in San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja, Mexico in Spring, 2007 while the mother whales were stil nursing their babies and waiting for them to grow strong enough to make their long migration to Alaska. Mother and baby whales swam right up to our boats as we all greeted them with our words, squeals and an occasional touch. It is by far one of the most memorable experiences of my life. We even sang my song Migration to the whales that we encountered! Sing along to Migration on our kids music video and see photos of the magnificent (and friendly) gray whales we met in San Ignacio lagoon. Our song includes fun facts and lots of information about the gray whales' yearly migration between Baja, Mexico and Alaska. For example, these whales make the longest migration of any mammal alive. You can also find the lyrics to Migration on our Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders website. Capt. Dave's Dolphin Safari YouTube Channel is another place in which we can learn more about gray whales.

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WATCH A SPIDER BUILD ITS WEB

Category: Animal Videos

Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dear Friends, I have been learning as much as I can about spiders as I work on a new animal song for kids about this creature. As I was doing my research, I found this beautiful video, Spider Web Construction in Slow Motion on Michael Bukay's YouTube Channel. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you, Michael, for making such an amazing video and for bringing us into the world of orb-weaving spiders. You can learn more about the adaptive behaviors and survival skills of other animals by listening to songs from our fun CDs which include:Our 2013 Parents' Choice Approved EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders.. . . as well as IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids. ENJOY! Birdsong Singer/Songwriter Creator of: Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders Birdsong TV

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OXFORD THE OCTOPUS - Octopus Song Lyrics for Kids

Category: Song Lyrics

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dear Friends. I hope you had a chance to watch our animal song video Oxford the Octopus in my March 11 blogpost. Perhaps you enjoyed seeing Oxford change colors and disguises, as well as appear in the unlikeliest of places throughout the video. The video also contains some of the song lyrics so I hope that you were able to read or sing along to Oxford the Octopus. Today's blog post contains ALL the lyrics to Oxford the Octopus (from our CD IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders). Our octopus song lyrics below will help you learn about octopus intelligence and behavior and read a few words that describe an octopus. OXFORD THE OCTOPUS - LYRICS He's Oxford the Octopus, proud to be an octopus. Friends say he's a smart fellow. He can change his colors when he's happy or mad To red, black or yellow. Chorus Oo-wee, ga-zoo-wee, He's Oxford the Octopus. Octo-oo-wee, octo-goo-wee, He's Oxford the Octopus. Well Octo means eight, and that's really great. He's an eight-armed invertebrate, oo-wee! He's Oxford the Octopus, proud to be an Octopus. So many things that he can do With his eight long arms and suction cups. He climbs, creeps, crawls and catches food. Chorus Oo-wee, ga-zoo-wee, He's Oxford the Octopus. Octo-oo-wee, octo-goo-wee, He's Oxford the Octopus. He didn't go to college, but he has a lot of knowledge. For living in the sea, he's as clever as can be! He's Oxford the Octopus, proud to be an octopus And smarter than most people think. He can be any shape he wants, squeeze in between the rocks, Or disappear . . . in a cloud of ink. Chorus Oo-wee, ga-zoo-wee, He's Oxford the Octopus. Octo-oo-wee, octo-goo-wee, He's Oxford the Octopus. Oo-wee, ga-zoo-wee, He's Oxford the Octopus. Octo-oo-wee, octo-goo-wee, He's Oxford the Octopus. He's Oxford the Octopus. He's Oxford the Octopus. Lyrics for Oxford the Octopus co-written by Birdsong and Marcie Jenner © Little One Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved If you haven't yet seen our octopus song video, Oxford the Octopus, CLICK HERE TO WATCH. Want to learn about octopus reproduction? Watch a cool baby octopuses hatching video in a previous blog post. Want to know how you can help to keep the ocean clean for the octopuses and other sea animals? Oxford the Octopus has a few suggestions on our website!

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Dear Friends, I hope you enjoy this interesting animal video How Wolves Change Rivers from Sustainable Man's YouTube channel. I found it fascinating to learn about the positive impact wolves have had on the food chain and ecosytems of Yellowstone National Park. Wolves were reintroduced to the Park in 1995 after being absent for 70 years and some scientists believe they began a natural process called a trophic cascade. I felt such admiration for wolves after watching this video that I sang my song, Leaders of the Pack, several times! As you watch this video, listen for the following words and discover the ways in which these things are connected to each other in Yellowstone National Park: Wolves Deer Vegetation Valleys Gorges Coyotes Rabbits Mice Hawks Fish Rivers Regenerate Forest Aspen Willow Cottonwood Songbirds Badgers Bald Eagles Ravens Fox Weasels Berries Trophic Cascade Beavers Dams Habitats Otters Muscrats Ducks Fish Reptiles Amphibians Bears Migratory Birds After watching this video, I recommend you listen to my kids song about wolves, Leaders of the Pack. Sing along with me as you learn even more about wolves.You can also see great wolf photos in my kids song video from a previous blog post. There you will also find the lyrics to Leaders of the Pack. I've learned alot about wolves since writing leaders of the pack in 2009, and I look forward to learning more.

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Dear Friends, I hope you enjoy our new animal song video Oxford the Octopus. As you may know, the octopus can be a very clever animal, and clever is what Oxford is! Have fun watching him change colors and disguises, as well as appear in the unlikeliest of places throughout this song video. This video also contains most of the song lyrics so that you can read or sing along to Oxford the Octopus. As I wrote in my previous blog post, the octopus is widely regarded as the world's smartest invertebrate. In fact, the intelligence of the octopus and its ability to change color and shape inspired the verses in Oxford the Octopus (from our CD IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders). The Giant Pacific Octopus is the specific species after which I modeled my character OXFORD THE OCTOPUS. Until I did my research on the Giant Pacific Octopus, I did not know that octopuses can have emotions and often change colors according to what they are feeling. Pretty smart, indeed! (Giant Pacific Octopus photo source and credit found on bing.com.) This kids music video will help you learn more about octopus intelligence and behavior. You can also learn about how baby octopuses are hatched in a previous blog post video. Want to know how you can help to keep the ocean clean for the octopuses and other sea animals? OXFORD THE OCTOPUS has a few suggestions on our website! Enjoy!

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Dear Friends, I hope you enjoy this animal song video from the Bat Conservation International YouTube channel. It's called Echolocation-Awesome Music Video. I found it while I was researching bats for a song I am writing about them. I have always been fascinated by bats and find them to be interesting animals for many reasons. These reasons include the fact that about 70% of bats eat insects and use echolocation to find their way and their prey in the night. You can learn more about echolocation and how bats use it on Animal Planet's Animal Facts about echolocation. There are other animals, like the bat, that use echolocation. Do you know what animals these are? One of them is featured in my fun animal song YouTube video Clickety-Clack. Clickety Clack can also be found on our CD IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. I hope these videos inspire you to learn more about echolocation and the amazing animals that use it. Enjoy! you can help to keep the ocean clean for the octopuses and other sea animals? OXFORD THE OCTOPUS has a few suggestions on our website! Enjoy!

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Dear Friends, I hope you like this video about a helpful interaction between animals from two different species (dolphins and a seal) and the altruistic, or compassionate, behavior for which dolphins are often known. This video makes me want to learn more about interspecies relationships, dolphins and dolphins' ability to feel empathy. It also reminds me again that yes, indeed, everything is connected! If you like dolphins as much as I do, I think you'll also enjoy watching Clickety-Clack, our fun animal song video about dolphins communication. You can learn more about relationships and connections in the animal kingdom by listening to songs from our fun 2013 Parents' Choice Approved CD EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders.. . . as well as our CD IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids. And if you like dolphins as much as I do, I think you'll enjoy watching Clickety-Clack, our fun animal song video about dolphins. Connected to all of you, Birdsong Singer/Songwriter Creator of: Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders Birdsong TV -Check out our fun animal song music videos for kids: 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 © Little One Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved

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Dear Friends, I hope you enjoy this video as much as I do. It shows a unique relationship between animals from two different species, and it fills my heart with warmth and delight. The play and affection between these animals reminded me that yes, indeed, Everything IS Connected! You can learn more about relationships and connections in the animal kingdom by listening to songs from our fun 2013 Parents' Choice Approved CD EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. ENJOY! ~Birdsong Singer/Songwriter Creator of: Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders Birdsong TV -Check out our fun animal song music videos for kids: 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 © Little One Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved

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Watch this awesome video about Octopus Camouflage

Category: Animal Videos

Published: Sunday, November 10, 2013

Dear Friends, I hope you enjoy this exciting YouTube video by Science Friday. It's called Where's the Octopus? and it contains awesome footage of octopus camouflage. Not only does the octopus (and all cephalapods--squid, cuttlefish and octopus) change colors, but it also changes its skin texture and patterns in order to blend in to its surroundings. Camouflage is the octopus' primary protection from its predators. Watch carefully and you will see the octopus: Change into a rock shape, go from camoflauge to a startle defense, ink the marine biologist who startled it, and change colors and textures in seconds. Listen carefully and you will learn more about octopus camoflauge as well as hear marine biologist Roger Hanlon talk about screaming with excitement after he witnessed and filmed the octopus' camouflage behavior. Eureka! Did you know that the octopus is widely regarded as the world's smartest invertebrate? In fact, the intelligence of the octopus and its ability to change color and shape inspired the verses in my kids song Oxford the Octopus (from our CD IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids.) Listen to a sample of OXFORD THE OCTOPUS and read the lyrics to learn more about octopus intelligence and behavior. You can also watch another fun octopus video in my previous blog post.Want to know how you can help to keep the ocean clean for the octopuses and other sea animals? Oxford the Octopus has a few suggestions on our website! Enjoy!

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Dear Friends, I hope that you enjoy this YouTube video of Giant Pacific Octopus hatchlings as much as I do. In this video I learned that mother octopuses stay with their eggs until they are hatched and growing. Did you know that the octopus is widely regarded as the world's smartest invertebrate? In fact, the intelligence of the octopus is what inspired my kids song Oxford the Octopus from our CD IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids. Listen to a sample of OXFORD THE OCTOPUS to learn more about octopus intelligence and behavior. You can also read the complete lyrics to OXFORD THE OCTOPUS on the lyrics page of our Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders website. Want to know how you can help to keep the ocean clean for the octopuses and other sea animals? Oxford the Octopus has a few suggestions on our website! You can find all of our kids songs about animals, plants and habitats on our Birdsong TV website. Want to watch our animal song videos by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders? Click on the animal's name and we'll take you to the video: dolphins, worms, butterflies, gray whales, wolves, tide pools, sea turtles, and pinnipeds and even more on Birdsong TV. Enjoy!

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Read the lyrics to our fun and educational WORM POOP SONG

Category: Song Lyrics

Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dear Friends, I hope that these lyrics will help you read and sing-along to our fun kids' song WORM POOP SONG, from our Parents Choice Approved CD EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. I never realized the importance of worms until I began my research for this song. Worms are master decomposers; They continously eat leaves, grass, dead fruits, vegetables and dirt as they crawl through the earth. They also make underground tunnels as they crawl, and these tunnels make spaces in the ground for air and water to get in. The air and water help the roots of the plants to breathe and take in water. Worms also poop frequently as they eat and crawl, fertilizing the earth as they move. This was a fun kids song to write and record. Children, teachers and parents love to sing along, wiggle like a worm and sing poop. It takes the everyone just a few seconds to realize that it's okay to say poop...and then off they go singing with gusto: POOP! POOP! And how can we not sing it? Worm poop, also known as worm castings, is very important to the health of our plants and ecosystems. As I mentioned in my last blog posting, just about every living thing is dependent on something else in order to survive and grow... Verse 1: I live in the ground. I hardly make a sound. I like to eat dirt as I wiggle through the earth. Making tunnels as I go, I move really slow. But my muscles are strong and they help me get along. I wiggle to the left. I wiggle to the right. I eat and poop all day and night. CHORUS: This is my life as a worm. And you know wherever I squirm, I eat dead things, help them decompose. My poop is fertilizer that helps the plants grow. I dig what I do in my life as a worm. Poop, Poop, Poop Poop, Poop, Poop, Poop, Poop...

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Dear Friends, I hope that these lyrics will help you read and sing-along to our fun kids' song Everything Is Connected, the title song on our Parents Choice Approved CD EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. I have wanted to write a song like this since I was a child and began realizing that so many things in life are connected to each other and need each other to survive. For example, the food we eat is connected to the seeds that grew into fruit and vegetable plants. My food is also connected to the farmers who planted those seeds; the sun, rain and soil that the seeds needed in order to grow into plants; and the workers who picked the fruits and vegetables from the plants and delivered them to us. Each of us is also connected to trees because trees make oxygen, and we need oxygen in order to breathe and stay alive. Just about every living thing is dependent on something else in order to survive and grow. This is called interdependence. Nature is often called the web of life because of all the amazing connections and relationships it takes to keep everything working and reproducing. Even things that die give back to life in some way. There are so many examples of interdependence and connections in life. My song Everything Is Connected has three verses and a bridge with examples of these connections, but there could truly be thousands of verses with thousands of examples. Perhaps you will write one of your own verses. If so, I'd love to hear or read it. In the meantime, below are the lyrics to Everything Is Connected by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. We hope they will help you you sing along: Birdsong Singer/Songwriter Creator of: Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders Birdsong TV Song Lyrics: EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders Spoken: Connected, Connected, Everything's Connected (2x) Verse 1: Everything is connected. Grandma calls it the web of life. The moon helps the ocean rise and fall. The sun gives the whole world light. And the sun and the moon help the plants to grow. And the plants are food for young and old. Oh... CHORUS: Everything is connected. It seems that life's just made that way. The sun shines, the rain falls. Helps the trees and the flowers grow. The moon, the sea, the earth and sky. The animals, plants and you and I. We are all connected in this great big web of life. Spoken: Connected, Connected, Everything's Connected (repeat) Verse 2: Everything is connected. The trees, the birds, you and me. Trees make oxygen for us to breathe and seeds for the birds to eat. And the birds fly around, drop seeds on the ground And seeds grow into trees that help us breathe. Oh... to CHORUS BRIDGE: Well the food that I eat is connected to the seeds That were planted by the farmers in the earth beneath our feet. And with the rain and the sun's energy, And an awful lot of help from the pollinating bees, The seeds grow into plants that produce The vegetables and fruit that are now my food. So the farmers and I, The earth and sky, The seeds and the bees And the food we eat are: Spoken: Connected, Connected, Everything's Connected (2x)

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Read the lyrics to our fun, educational song PLANT A HABITAT

Category: Song Lyrics

Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Dear Friends, I hope that these written lyrics will help you read and sing-along to our fun kids' song about planting habitats. Learn what inspired me to write this song and why planting habitats is important on my October, 2009 blogpost. There you can also hear my simple version of Plant a Habitat. That was before we recorded it in a professional studio, added lots of fun instruments and harmonies, and put it on our CD EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. Whichever version of PLANT A HABITAT you sing along with, here are the lyrics to help you learn it: Song Lyrics: PLANT A HABITAT by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders Plant a habitat. Gonna plant a habitat. The butterflies and bees are whispering: Please, Plant a space where we can grow and feed. Plant a habitat. The hummingbirds will be happy for that. With flowers so bright, nectar so sweet, And lots of food our nature friends to eat. All around the world we need some space Where animals and plants can find a place With clean water, food and shelter A home where they raise their young. So I'm learning about the ways you and I Can help all living things to survive. Like planting seeds, flowers and trees, The kind of habitats that we all need. So... Plant a habitat. Gonna plant a habitat. The butterflies and bees are whispering: Please, Plant a space where we can grow and feed. Plant a habitat. The hummingbirds will be happy for that. With flowers so bright, nectar so sweet, And lots of food our nature friends to eat.

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SONG LYRICS I ALMOST KISSED A BUTTERFLY by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders Verse 1: I was walking down a trail one day. Hey, hey, hey Through a meadow by the canyon way. And there were flowers blooming all around. When suddenly to my surprise, Fluttering before my eyes, Was a butterfly so close to me I tried to kiss it. But I missed … CHORUS: It was a near miss, but I almost kissed a butterrfly. It was a near miss, but I almost kissed a butterfly. It flew out of the sky above. And I gave that butterfly some love. It was near miss, but I almost kissed a butterfly. Verse 2: Just three weeks ago, this butterfly- y - y - y Was a caterpillar crawling by . . . so hungry . . . Nibbling on some tasty leaves and growing fast. 'Til it turned into a chrysalis, an amazing metamorphosis, Into this butterfly so beautiful I tried to kiss it. But I missed. CHORUS It was a near miss, but I almost kissed a butterrfly. It was a near miss, but I almost kissed a butterfly. It flew out of the sky above. And I gave that butterfly some love. It was near miss, but I almost kissed a butterfly. BRIDGE: I tried to kiss it… But that butterfly had better things to do. And I watched it really close so I can name a few: Like basking in the sun to get some energy to fly. And fluttering its colors like a rainbow in the sky. Or puddling in the mud to drink some salty water. Then following the scent of its favorite flower. And sipping that flower's nectar so delicious With it's long and slender proboscis. Sip, sip, sip, sip. Then finding a plant that is a perfect match To lay its eggs on so, when they hatch, There will be plenty of food for caterpillars to eat. And they can munch, munch, munch on nutritious leaves. Munch, munch, munch, munch. 'Til every little caterpillar's large enough to To begin to do some pretty fancy stuff. Like . . . Turn into a chrysalis, an amazing metamorphosis, Into a butterfly so beautiful I tried to kiss it; but I missed. CHORUS It was a near miss, but I almost kissed a butterrfly. It was a near miss, but I almost kissed a butterfly. It flew out of the sky above. And I gave that butterfly some love. It was near miss, but I almost kissed a butterfly. I ALMOST KISSED A BUTTERFLY can be heard on our Parents' Choice Approved CD EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders.

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Hi Friends. In case you missed my last blog post, I've re-posted our YouTube song video I ALMOST KISSED A BUTTERFLY (under our Animal Songs- Butterflies category:) You can learn more about this song on our previous blog post. (August 7, 2013) I ALMOST KISSED A BUTTERFLY is featured on our Parents' Choice Approved CD EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED. As always, you can hear all of our kids songs about animals, plants and their habitats on our Birdsong TV website. There you can also find the lyrics to our songs. Want to watch more animal song videos by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders? Click on the animal's name and we'll take you to the video: dolphins, worms, gray whales, wolves, tide pools, sea turtles, and pinnipeds and even more on Birdsong TV. Perhaps you'll get inspired to write your own animal song for kids! If you do, please let me know. I'd love to hear it! ~Birdsong Singer/Songwriter Creator of: Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders Birdsong TV

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Dear Friends, We performed our kids song I ALMOST KISSED A BUTTERFLY many, many times before we finally released it on our new CD EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. I am grateful to all our fans for singing this butterfly song with us during our concerts. This video contains footage from one of those live performances of I ALMOST KISSED A BUTTERFLY. Only parts of the song were recorded that day, so the soundtrack from our new CD is also mixed into this music video. I was especially excited to add the complete song lyrics to this video, so that you can sing-along and read the words to this fun kids' song about caterpillars and butterflies. Perhaps the lyrics to our butterfly song will help you learn to recognize and spell some new words. Before I wrote I ALMOST KISSED A BUTTERFLY, I did not know the correct spelling for the words proboscis and metamorphosis. Writing this song not only helped me learn how to spell new words, but it gave me an opportunity to learn more about caterpillars and butterflies. I wrote this song because I wanted to tell a story about butterflies. It is a story about an encounter I had with a butterfly while hiking on a trail in my neighborhood park. I had many feelings when I saw that butterfly on the trail that day, and I am glad to have been able to express them in this song. You can listen to the story of how I wrote I Almost Kissed a Butterfly on my June, 2009 blog post. After you learn more about butterflies, caterpillars and other animals, you might get inspired to write your own butterfly, caterpillar or other animal song for kids! If you do, please let me know. I'd love to hear it!

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Dear Friends, We were so excited to find this YouTube video about the life cycle of a monarch caterpillar and butterfly. We especially like that it shows a caterpillar munching away on milkweed leaves. It reminds us of the spoken section of our kids song, I Almost Kissed a Butterfly: They munch, munch on delicious leaves. Munch, munch, munch, munch (repeat) 'Til every little caterpillar's large enough To begin to do some really fancy stuff... Like turn into a chrysalis, an amazing metamorphosis ... (from I Almost Kissed a Butterfly by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders) We find it fascinating that a crawling, leaf-munching caterpillar can actually change itself into a fluttering, nectar-drinking butterfly. This life cycle of a butterfly has four stages: Egg, Larva, Chrysalis (or Pupa), Adult (or Imago) You can learn more about these stages on a cool website...

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Dear Friends, Watch this YouTube video to learn our kids song, I Almost Kissed a Butterfly. This video will help you sing and Read the lyrics to this fun kids' song about caterpillars and butterflies. The butterfly photo in the video is a courtesy of NOAA. The entire song can be heard be heard on our new Parents' Choice Approved CD EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. You can hear all of our kids songs about animals, plants and habitats on our Birdsong TV website. There you can also find the lyrics to our songs. Want to watch more animal song videos by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders? Click on the animal's name and we'll take you to the video: dolphins, gray whales, wolves, tide pools, sea turtles, and pinnipeds and even more on Birdsong TV. Here are some things you can do to keep learning about butterflies after listening to I Almost Kissed a Butterfly: Listen to the story of how I wrote I Almost Kissed a Butterfly on my June, 2009 blog post. More...

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Watch Dads dance to our Worm Poop Song in this live performance by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. This song is included in our new CD,EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids. This kids video is a live performance of Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders singing Worm Poop Song. We asked some children in the audience to volunteer their dads to help us sing and dance to this song. So in this video you will see the four volunteered dads wiggling like worms and singing along to the worm poop chorus. If worms could laugh I think they would find our tribute to them quite comical! The audience seemed delighted to watch these terrific dads dance, sing along, wiggle like a worm and sing poop. It took everyone just a few seconds to realize that it's okay to say poop...and then off goes the whole audience singing with gusto: POOP! POOP! And how can we not sing it? Worm poop, also known as worm castings, is very important to the health of our plants and ecosystems. Worm Poop Song is included in our new Parents' Choice Approved CD, EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids.

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Dear Friends, Educators and Sea Turtle Lovers, World Turtle Day, May 23, is almost here! World Turtle Day was started 12 years ago to increase respect and knowledge for the world's oldest creatures. These gentle reptiles have been around for about 200 million years, but many species are now endangered and need our protection. Founded in 1990, American Tortoise Rescue is the founding sponsor of World Turtle Day. According to Wikipedia, Turtle Day is celebrated worldwide in a variety of ways, from dressing up as turtles or wearing green summer dresses, to saving turtles caught on highways, to research activities. This year on World Turtle Day, I will celebrate by singing our kids song Here We Go (from our CD IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids) and watching our kids music video at the top of this page. Here we go, go, go! Wish us luck, luck, luck! sing the newly-hatched sea turtles in this fun and educational sing-a-long video for kids by BIRDSONG and the ECO-WONDERS. Watch it and you will learn about the amazing life of baby sea turtles, the kinds of food they like to eat and how they find their way to the ocean in the middle of the night. This video features my song Here We Go and beautiful photos of baby and adult sea turtles. Our HERE WE GO! kids video also has the words to the song so that you and your family can read and sing along with me. Also, if you watch carefully, you will see me and Dr. Marcie singing with children in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize and in Orange County, California.

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Kelp is a kind of seaweed that hold on to a rock on the ocean floor, And grows fast toward the sunlight, Whipping back and forth as forth as the ocean roars. (from Kelp Forest Dancing by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders) Dear Friends, There is so much to learn about the tall, fast-growing seaweed called kelp or giant kelp. In this blog post, you can learn more about kelp with videos, music, photos, coloring pages and fun facts. The YouTube video above (produced by Little Saigon TV) features a Vietnemese-American student who interviews participants in the annual KelpFest in Laguna Beach, California. (The first minute of the video is in Vietnemese, but don't worry if you don't understand the language. All the interviews are in English). Watch this video and find out why so many people in Laguna Beach celebrate Giant Kelp each year. You can also watch a live web cam of the kelp forest at the Monterey Bay Aquarium when you go to their website. There you will see in real time the many creatures that visit the kelp forest looking for food and shelter. How many of those creatures can you name? Visit the informative NOAA Ocean Service website, and you can learn the names of the many invertabrates, fish, marine mammals and birds that benefit from the kelp forest when you. There you will also see that Kelp are very simple organisms that consist of a holdfast, a stipe, and blades. See these parts of kelp in the photos below and visit the NOAA website page to learn more about the important functions of the holdfast, a stipe, and blades. You can also download the kelp forest coloring book, courtesy of Coast Cartoon Studio.

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Have you ever seen a forest dancing like a kelp forest dances in the sea? Moving to the rhythm of the ocean, a fancy dancing forest of seaweed. Slow dancing, swaying to the rhythm. Hold fast to the bottom and reach for the sun! Learn about the fast-growing seaweed called kelp in this fun, educational music video for kids by BIRDSONG AND THE ECO-WONDERS. Featuring the song Kelp Forest Dancing from our CD IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids, this video captures the importance of kelp as a source of food and shelter for ocean animals that visit its habitat. With underwater footage by Jean-Yves Couleaud and a live performance by BIRDSONG AND THE ECO-WONDERS, this video is a special tribute to the annual KelpFest that takes place in Laguna Beach, CA.(For more info about KelpFest, visit kelpfest.org. When you watch this kids music video, you will also learn our Kelp Forest dance that goes with the song! You can also find the lyrics to Kelp Forest Dancing on our website. The kelp forest habitat is just one of many ocean habitats in the world. Want to learn about other habitats? Watch our kids video The Tide Pool Song or listen to Plant a Habitat. KELP FOREST DANCING is one of a growing collection of animal songs for kids by BIRDSONG AND THE ECO-WONDERS. You can watch all of our videos on our YouTube EcoWonderKids channel and listen to all of our songs on our website's music page. ENJOY!

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Dear Friends, One of my favorite songs, I ALMOST KISSED A BUTTERFLY, can now be heard on our new Parents' Choice Approved CD EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. Read the lyrics to this fun kids' song to find the answers to the following questions: How do butterflies get enough energy to flap their wings and fly? Where do butterflies go to drink water? How do butterflies get their nectar from a flower? Where do butterflies lay their eggs? Why? What helps a caterpillar grow? What do we call the process of changing from a caterpillar to a butterfly? What are some ways you can act out our song, I Almost Kissed a Butterfly? (Use your imagination to answer this question and remember that there is no wrong answer!) Here are some things you can do to keep learrning about butterflies after listening to I Almost Kissed a Butterfly: Listen to the story of how I wrote I Almost Kissed a Butterfly on my June, 2009 blog post. Watch an interesting kids video about caterpillars and butterflies on the National Geographic Kids website. See photos and fun facts about monarch butterflies on the US Forest Service website and the National Geographic Kids website.

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Dear Friends, I have great news! Our new CD, EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED (and Other Animal Songs for Kids) has been be chosen as a 2013 Parents' Choice Award winner! This is truly an honor for Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. The Parents' Choice Awards program honors the best material for children: books, toys, music and storytelling, magazines, software, video games, television and websites. Parents' Choice Foundation, established in 1978 as a 501c3, is the nation's oldest nonprofit guide to quality children's media and toys. Here's what they say about our CD: Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders' Everything is Connected is an engaging collection of nature inspired songs that will prompt young listeners to start thinking about the world around them. Orcas opens with the sounds of the gentle giants to grab the attention of listener. Honk, Honk allows kids to sing along while celebrating the sounds of the majestic birds. An instant hit in homes with children under the age of 7, the Worm Poop Song is creatively crafted to generate giggles while singing along with educational eco-centric lyrics. Adapt to Habitat ends the collection incorporating a gentle use of rap to engage the importance of taking care of the world around us. Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders use gentle rhythms to engage young listeners and inspire future green scientists and nature lovers. -Shanthi Pattison ©2013 Parents' Choice

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Dear Friends, I have been telling everyone I meet about our new CD, EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. I love to sing about the animals featured on this CD. They include wolves, worms, pollinators, geese, gorillas, orcas, pocket mice, orcas (killer whales), butterflies, caterpillars and more. I also sing about wildflowers, habitats, adaptation and how animals, plants and people are connected in nature's web of life. Did you know that animals and plants need each other, or depend on one another, to survive? This is called interdependence, and it happens all the time in nature... Each of my songs on 'EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids' has examples of interdependence or important relationships betweens animals and plants. Listen and see if you can learn some new things about interdependence. Or perhaps you can write to us and tell us some things you already know about how one animal or plant needs another animal, plant or element to stay alive.

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Watch this kids music video of WORM POOP SONG by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. This song is included in our new CD, EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids. Dear Friends, As the worms were hard at work in the ground, we too worked hard to get the poops in 'Worm Poop Song in perfect harmony. If worms could laugh I think they would find our tribute to them quite comical! This was a fun song to write and record. Children, teachers and parents love to sing along, wiggle like a worm and sing poop. It takes the everyone just a few seconds to realize that it's okay to say poop...and then off they go singing with gusto: POOP! POOP! And how can we not sing it? Worm poop, also known as worm castings, is very important to the health of our plants and ecosystems. I hope you enjoy this sample of Worm Poop Song. You can hear this and all of our animal songs for kids on our Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders site. There you can also find the lyrics to our songs. Want to watch more animal song videos by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders? Click on the animal's name and we'll take you to the video: about dolphins, whales, wolves, tide pools, sea turtles, orcas and more on Birdsong TV.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! I am very happy to once again be writing on Birdsong's Blog. In case you're wondering where I've been for the last year, I have been in the recording studio working on my new CD, EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids. I am proud to announce that my new CD is now finished and released for all to hear! ... I hope that you enjoy listening to my animal songs as much as I enjoyed researching, writing and singing them! EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED includes twelve new kids' songs about animals, plants and their habitats. I learned a great deal as I wrote new songs about wolves, worms, wildflowers and their pollinators, butterflies, caterpillars, geese, gorillas, orcas, adaptation and more. I had an especially good time writing my songs Bella the Gorilla, Worm Poop Song and Honk! Honk!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! I am very happy to once again be writing on Birdsong's Blog. In case you're wondering where I've been for the last year, I have been in the recording studio working on my new CD, EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids. I am proud to announce that my new CD is now finished and released for all to hear! ... I hope that you enjoy listening to my animal songs as much as I enjoyed researching, writing and singing them! EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED includes twelve new kids' songs about animals, plants and their habitats. I learned a great deal as I wrote new songs about wolves, worms, wildflowers and their pollinators, butterflies, caterpillars, geese, gorillas, orcas, adaptation and more. I had an especially good time writing my songs Bella the Gorilla, Worm Poop Song and Honk! Honk!

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Dear Friends. Check out this video of a kayaker's amazing encounter with a blue whale, the largest animal on Earth. It gives you a close-up look at just how big and magnificent these creatures are. I felt excited and tingly inside when I watched this. You can learn just how big a blue whale by listening to my song So Big! Blue Whale! on our CD IF I WERE A FISH and other Ocean Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders®. I wrote this song as a tribute to the world's largest animal. See if you can if you can find facts about a blue whale's lungs, heart and tongue in the song! (The lyrics to the song are below.)

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Dear Friends, Meet some of the 29 Mexican and Alaskan Gray wolves at the California Wolf Center in Julian, CA. You can see the entire album of these eight Mexican and Alaskan Gray Wolves on California Wolf Center's Facebook page. The names of these wolves include: Inuk, Chaco, Kiana, Taku and Ketchikan. Wolves such as these inspired my song and music video, LEADERS OF THE PACK. This video has a slideshow of beautiful wolf photos, courtesy of All -About -Wolves. You can also find the lyrics to this animal song for kids below. Please read and sing along with me! Soon we will be recording this song for our next CD. Stay tuned!

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Silly Wolf Photo from California Wolf Center

Category: Animal Songs-Wolves

Published: Friday, July 29, 2011

Dear Friends, Check out this silly wolf photo from the California Wolf Center in Julian, CA. You can see the entire album of these silly wolf photos on California Wolf Center's Facebook page. Wolves such as these inspired my song and music video, LEADERS OF THE PACK. This video has a slideshow of beautiful wolf photos, courtesy of All -About -Wolves. You can watch my kids music video LEADERS OF THE PACK on my December, 2009 blog post. You can also find the lyrics to this animal song for kids below. Please read and sing along with me! We will be in the music studio this autumn to record this song for our next CD. Stay tuned!

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Wolf Pups Video from California Wolf Center

Category: Animal Songs-Wolves

Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Check out this video of wolf pups from the California Wolf Center in Julian, CA, uploaded in June, 2011. These pups were born this past Spring. Wolf families such as these inspired my song and music video, LEADERS OF THE PACK. This video has a slideshow of beautiful wolf photos, courtesy of All -About -Wolves. You can watch my kids music video LEADERS OF THE PACK on my December, 2009 blog post. You can find the lyrics to this animal song for kids below. Please read and sing along with me! We will be in the music studio this year to record this song for our upcoming CD. Stay tuned!

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Dear Friends. This is a fun National Geographic kids' video about dolphins. Here you will see a pod of dolphins using their sounds to locate large schools of anchovies. After locating the fish, they then use dolphin teamwork to catch the anchovies for dinner. Echolation and cooperation are the names of the game in this educational kids video. You can watch more natiuonal geographic videos at National Geographic Kids Online. You can also watch my animal song video about dolphins and echolocation, called Clickety Clack, in a previous blog post. In the video you will find the dolphin photos by NOAA and the lyrics of the song so that you can sing along. Clickety-Clack is the first song on my CD IF I WERE A FISH and other Ocean Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. I love seeing dolphins off the coast of California where I live. I hope you enjoy these dolphin videos. -Birdsong

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Dear Friends, In this video, you can listen to the chorus of my new song, The Flowers have Gone Wild!. Did you know that: Most plants require the assistance of pollinators to produce seeds and fruit? Pollinators include birds, beetles, bees, butterflies, wasps and flies, ants, bats and moths? Pollinators visit flowers in search of food, mates, shelter and nest-building materials? The sugar in a flower's nectar and the protiens, fats, vitamins and minerals from its pollen provide food and energy for pollinators? This energy helps pollinators grow and provides power for their metamorphosis, flight and reproduction? Most wildflowers are fertilized when pollinators visit the flower and then carry pollen from flower to flower? A flower need to be fertilized in order to be produce seeds and fruit? Without pollinators and fertilized flowers the world of nature (including people) would go hungry? Therefore, the relationship between flowers and pollinators feeds the world? These are some of the interesting facts I learned as I was writing my kids song about wildflowers, called The Flowers have Gone Wild! You can learn more about wildflowers and their pollinators on a great website by the US Forest Service called Celebrating Wildflowers. You can also hear the chorus to my new kids song in the video below. The video also has photos of wildflowers taken this past Spring in Laguna Beach, CA and Anza Borrego State Park, CA. You can find the lyrics to The Flowers have Gone Wild! in my last blog entry.

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Listen to the chorus of THE FLOWERS HAVE GONE WILD!

Category: Plants | Habitats

Published: Thursday, June 16, 2011

Dear Friends, In this video, you can listen to the chorus of my new song, The Flowers have Gone Wild!. I have also changed some of the words in the verses since my last blog entry. The new words to the lyrics are at the very end of this letter. Here are some of the words I am using in my new song about wildflowers: wildflowers, bugs, pollinate, pollination, fertilized, pollen, germination, seeds, fruit, colors, blooming, flowers, Spring, bees, beetles, birds and sun. They are all connected to wildflowers in some way. See if you can find these words in the lyrics of the song below. Perhaps you know some other words that are part of the world of wildflowers.

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Dear Friends, Here's some of the words I am using in my new song about wildflowers:wildflowers, insects, bugs, pollinate, pollination, fertilization, pollen, nectar, petals, leaves, seeds, fruit, colors, blooming, Spring, bees, beetles, birds and butterflies. They are all connected to wildflowers in some important way. See is you can find these words in the lyrics of the song below. I felt so much joy and excitement when I saw wildflowers blooming this Spring that I started writing a new song called The Flowers have Gone Wild! Since my last blog entry, I've added more verses to the chorus which you can see below. As I write this song, I am learning about the kinds of insects that pollinate wildflowers. They include bees...

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Dear Friends, It's impossible to learn about wildflowers without learning about the insects and other creatures that pollinate them. It's a give-take relationship for sure! The nectar and pollen of wildflowers provide food and energy for bugs; and the bugs pollinate the wildflowers while they are drinking and eating the nectar and pollen. The pollinated flowers then produce fruit and seeds that make more wildflower plants to feed the pollinating insects and other animals. It's an amazing circle called the web of life! Wildflowers help insects and insects help wildflowers. It's a win-win relationship for everyone involved. Yes, indeed, wildflowers and insects are connected! I felt so much joy and excitement when I saw wildflowers blooming this Spring that I started writing a new song. I'm calling this song, The Flowers have Gone Wild! Since my last blog entry, I've added a verse to the chorus which you can see below. As I write this song, I am learning about the kinds of insects that pollinate wildflowers. They include bees, beetles, butterflies, wasps, ants and moths. What wildflowers and pollinating insects have you observed in your own backyards, parks and neighborhoods? CLICK HERE to tell me about them or to send photos. Below you can see photos of some of the wildflowers in my neighborhood in Laguna Beach, California.

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Dear Friends, It's Spring and the wildflowers are blooming! I am grateful for last Winter's rain and snow because it gave the plants enough water and energy to now make it possible for them to bloom with such beautiful flowers. I've been taking lots of walks and discovering the different colors, shapes and sizes of wildflowers in my neighborhood and local park. I especially enjoy watching insects landing on a flower to drink that flower's nectar, while at the same time pollinating it. It's exciting to hear the bumblebees buzzing and see the moths and butterflies fluttering near the flowers whose colors have caught their attention. I felt so much joy and excitement when I saw those wildflowers blooming this Spring that I started singing a brand new song. I'm calling this song, The Flowers have Gone Wild! You can see the chorus to the song below. In order to write the rest of the song, I want to find out more about wildflowers and what makes them bloom, as well as what kind of incests are drawn to them. What wild flowers and pollinating insects have you observed in your own backyards, parks and neighborhoods? CLICK HERE to tell me about them or to send photos. Below you can see photos of some of the wildflowers in my neighborhood in Laguna Beach, California.

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Watch our new song video, ORCAS!

Category: Animal Songs- Ocean

Published: Friday, March 18, 2011

I hope you enjoy this video of my new animal song for kids, Orcas! It includes amazing photos of orcas, courtesy of Stefan Jacobs, The Whale Museum and NOAA. As I've mentioned in my earlier blog entries, these beautiful and intelligent marine mammals have very strong family ties that last for a lifetime. In fact, most of them spend their entire lives with their family group and their pod. These family relationships are the main theme of this song. I would love to hear what you think of it. Below are the updated lyrics to Orcas! The verses include the names of some of the orcas that reside in the Salish Sea. You can see photos of these orcas on my earlier blog entries, as well as in this video. You can also learn more about these orcas by visiting the website of The Whale Museum. If you have any orca stories or fun facts to share with us, please let us know...

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More Orca Sounds!

Category: Animal Songs- Ocean

Published: Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dear Friends, Here's another great video of orca sounds. What is amazing is that each pod or clan has a different sounds! Notice the sounds of the resident J, K and L PODS, who live along the northwestern side of the United States. These are the very orcas that inspired my new animal song-in-progress, Orcas. As I've mentioned in my earlier blog entries, these marine mammals have very strong family ties that last for a lifetime. In fact, most of them spend their entire lives with their family group and their pod. CHORUS: Orcas, Orcas. Orcas, Orcas. Sister, brother, cousin and mother Spend their whole lives with each other. Orcas, Orcas. Orcas, Orcas. Sons and daughters, aunties, grandmother Know just how to talk to each other.

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Another great video of Orca Sounds!

Category: Animal Songs- Ocean

Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011

Dear Friends, Here's another great video of orca sounds and amazing photos, taken by David Neiwert. They are the sounds of the orcas in Haro Strait, along the western side of San Juan Island in Washingston State, US --the very orcas that inspired my new animal song-in-progress, Orcas. See and hear the orcas up close as they are full-body breaching and swimming upside down! There's a very good chance that the orcas in this video are related to one another. As I've mentioned in my earlier blog entries, these marine mammals have very strong family ties that last for a lifetime. In fact, most of them spend their entire lives with their family group and their pod. Thank you, David, for sharing your video with all of us on YouTube. CHORUS: Orcas, Orcas. Orcas, Orcas. Sister, brother, cousin and mother Spend their whole lives with each other. Orcas, Orcas. Orcas, Orcas. Sons and daughters, aunties, grandmother Know just how to talk to each other.

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Dear Friends, I hope you like this video of orca sounds, created by David Neiwert. They are the sounds of the orcas from pods J, K, and L in the Salish Sea--the very orcas that inspired my new animal song-in-progress, Orcas. These marine mammals have very strong family ties that last for a lifetime. In fact, most of them spend their entire lives with their family group and their pod. Below are the revised lyrics my new animal song for kids, Orcas. The verses include the names of some of the orcas that reside in the Salish Sea. You can see photos of the of the orcas who you will hear about in my song on my last blog entry. You can also learn more about these orcas by visiting the website of The Whale Museum. CHORUS: Orcas, Orcas. Orcas, Orcas. Sister, brother, cousin and mother Spend their whole lives with each other. Orcas, Orcas. Orcas, Orcas. Sons and daughters, aunties, grandmother Know just how to talk to each other.

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Dear Friends, The holidays are a wonderful time for family and friends to gather together to spend time with each other. For the resident orca families in the Salish Sea, everyday is a day to spend time together. These ocean animals have very strong family ties that last for a lifetime. In fact, most of them spend their entire lives with their family group and their pod. During this holiday season, I am excited to share with you the lyrics to my new animal song for kids, called Orcas. The verses include the names of some of the orcas that reside in the Salish Sea. I've also included photos of the orcas who you will hear about in my song, thanks to The Whale Museum in Washington State, U.S. You can learn more about these orcas by visiting the website of The Whale Museum.

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More progress on my new song about ORCAS!

Category: Animal Songs- Ocean

Published: Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dear Friends, I'd like to share with you some of the lyrics from my new ocean animal song-in-progress, called ORCAS. The first verse begins with the names of orcas from one of the families of the JPOD in the Salish Sea. As I learned about this family, I began to feel as if I knew them and wanted to mention them by name in my song. The JPOD also has a whale named Granny who is 98 years old. When I heard about her and the role she plays in her pod, I felt it was also important to include her in my song. Here's some of the lyrics: (I can't wait to sing them for you soon!) VERSE 1....Rhapsody is the daughter of Ewok who was the sister of Oreo who is the mother of Cookie and his brother Double Stuff They are quite the distinctive family Living in a pod in the Salish Sea... Although orcas live in oceans all over the world, I decided to focus my song on the Southern Resident orcas of the Pacific northwest because these orcas are endangered.

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I'm writing a new song about ORCAS!

Category: Animal Songs- Ocean

Published: Sunday, November 21, 2010

I am excited to be writing a new song about orcas, also known as :killer whales.... As I learned about them, I began to gain a great respect for these animals. I learned that they live in family groups that stay together for their whole lives. Even adult males land females remain with their mothers throughout their entire lifetimes. Some believe that orca families have some of the strongest bonds in nature. They travel together, play together and communicate with a language that is different from one pod to the next. Although orcas live in oceans all over the world, I decided to focus my song on the Southern Resident orcas of the Pacific northwest because these orcas are endangered.

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Watch our new video: The Tide Pool Song- with hand dances

Category: Animal Song Videos

Published: Saturday, October 2, 2010

I am excited about this new video with hand dances that go along with The Tide Pool Song. These are the same hand dances that we use in our performances; and now you can learn them too.In this video, you'll also see some of the amazing creatures that live in the tide pools and you will meet my friends (and Eco-Wonder Kids) Claire and Erik as they demonstrate the hand dances with me. We filmed a lot of this video in the beautiful tide pools of Laguna Beach, California and in Napili Bay, Maui, Hawaii. I hope you enjoy it.

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A Sea Animal Drawing by Liam of Belgium

Category: Kids' Drawings

Published: Sunday, September 5, 2010

Der mis Birdsong, I like the song of Here We Go and of so BIg Blue Whal and of the owshun is awr home. I like the song of here we go we wr lrning about sea Turtles and we no the song so good. What I like about blue wel is now i no haw hi the woter gos 15 feet. I will ceep the owshun cleen. - frm Liam aj :7 (Liam is in 1st grade. He is from Belgium and is learning English.)

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A Sea Creature Drawing by June -Seong from Korea

Category: Kids' Drawings

Published: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dear Miss birdsong, I like your songs because it’s fun and has facts. I really like sealife. And I also learned that the ocean is home to so may creatures I also learned that fifty people can stand on a blue whale’s tongue. - June - Seong grade :2nd

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A Sea Creature Drawing by Taka of Japan

Category: Kids' Drawings

Published: Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Dear Bird song, I really like the sea, and many sea creatures are endangered. That’s why I like Here We Go. It is my very favorite song. To clean the ocean is very important for me because I really love sea creatures. My favorite thing I learned from your song is to clean the sea. I have a doll it is a seaturtle. It is my very very very very very very favorite. Here We Go is the first song that I’ve listened to and now I.......know it by heart!! - Taka age: 7

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-The hammerhead shark has the best sense of smelling. A shark can go without eating for a long time because it is able to store nutrients, much like a camel.-Unlike many other creatures, a shark do not have a layer of fat below its skin. -The Whale Shark is the world's largest fish. -The Whale Shark can live to be 70 years old. -Baby sharks are born with sharp teeth and the ability hunt right from the start. -Newborn sharks are called pups. -Most baby sharks that are born live come out of their mother's body tail first, although a few species emerge headfirst. Click here to listen to the first couple of verses of FASCINATING SHARKS from our CD IF I WERE A FISH by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. You can also watch our animal song videos about dolphins, gray whales, seals, sea lions and walruses.AND NOW, Here's some interesting

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Interesting Facts and Photos about Sharks

Category: Animal Songs- Ocean

Published: Saturday, June 12, 2010

Whenever I write a new animal song for kids, I try to learn as much about the animal as I can. I first thought about writing a kids' song about sharks after visiting an aquarium and seeing these fascinating creatures up close. I could not fit all the things I learned about sharks into one song, so I have included a list of fun facts about sharks below, as well as some photos. Interesting Facts about the fascinating sharks: -There are about 350 different types of sharks, but researchers think there are other sharks that haven't been discovered yet! -The dwarf shark is as small as your hand, while the whale shark can be as large as a school bus! -A shark is one of the best hunters in the world. Even their little pups go out looking for food. -A shark's hunger can be satisfied with one good meal. The meal can last a long time because a shark uses little energy to swim. Some sharks hold food in their stomachs without it being digested. If they eat a big meal, it can last three or more months!

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Watch our music video KEEP THE OCEAN CLEAN

Category: Animal Song Videos

Published: Friday, May 7, 2010

I asked my friends, the dolphins, what each of us could do to help them survive another million years or two. And the dolphins said: “Keep the ocean clean! That’s the most important thing.Please . . .Pick your trash up off the beach. Recycle 'most everything.. Find out what pollutes the sea. And ask your friends to help keep the ocean clean. After all, the ocean is our home,”

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Kelp Forest Coloring Book!

Category: Coloring/Activity Pages

Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

We now have a Kelp Forest Coloring Book on our website, courtesy of Coast Cartoon Studio. CLICK HERE to go to our website for a free download of these fun, educational coloring pages. Have you ever seen a forest dancing Like a kelp forest dances in the sea? Dancing to the rhythm of the ocean A fancy dancing forest of seaweed. Slow dancing, swaying to the rhythm Hold fast to the bottom, and reach for the sun. Slow kelp dancing, swaying to the rhythm Hold fast to the bottom, and reach for the sun. Well, kelp is a kind of seaweed That holds onto a rock on the ocean floor ...

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Listen to our Little Pocket Mouse song-in-progress

Category: Animal Songs

Published: Saturday, April 10, 2010

I’m small and furry, watch me scurry! It's the middle of the night and I'm in a hurry To gather seeds I like to eat. And store those seeds inside my cheeks. I'm a little pocket mouse. And when the sun begins to rise, I find my tunnel and I crawl inside. And there I hide the food I found And rest all day 'til the sun goes down. I'm a little pocket mouse. CHORUS: Pocket mouse, oh where's your house? It's underground where I cannot be found. Oh no, no, no! (no, no) I'm a mouse who likes my privacy, So it came as a surprise to me To learn I was hero in the rodent family! It started in 1972 On a spaceship that went around moon. Of all the animals smart and strong Who did the astronauts take along? It was the Little Pocket Mouse! With lots of food in their big cheek pockets, Five little mice boarded that rocket Didn't know much about outer space, but they were glad to help the human race That little pocket mouse! CHORUS: Pocket mouse, oh where's your house? It's underground where I cannot be found. Oh no, no, no! (no, no) I'm a mouse who likes my privacy, So it came as a surprise to me To learn I was hero in the rodent family!

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I’m small and furry, watch me scurry! It's the middle of the night and I'm in a hurry To gather seeds I like to eat. And store those seeds inside my cheeks. I'm a little pocket mouse. And when the sun begins to rise, I find my tunnel and I crawl inside. And there I hide the food I found And rest all day 'til the sun goes down. I'm a little pocket mouse. CHORUS: Pocket mouse, oh where's your house? It's underground where I cannot be found. Oh no, no, no! (no, no) I'm a mouse who likes my privacy, So it came as a surprise to me To learn I was hero in the rodent family! It started in 1972 On a spaceship that went around moon. Of all the animals smart and strong Who did the astronauts take along? It was the Little Pocket Mouse! With lots of food in their big cheek pockets, Five little mice boarded that rocket Didn't know much about outer space, but they were glad to help the human race That little pocket mouse! CHORUS: Pocket mouse, oh where's your house? It's underground where I cannot be found. Oh no, no, no! (no, no) I'm a mouse who likes my privacy, So it came as a surprise to me To learn I was hero in the rodent family!

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My Little Pocket Mouse song is coming along!

Category: Animal Songs

Published: Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dear Friends, As you know, I am currently writing a new animal song for kids about The Little Pocket Mouse. Whenever I write an new animal song, I first learn as much as I can about the animal. Click here to learn some facts about this rare and endangered rodent. I have added some new verses to the song since my last blog post. As you will see, I am focusing on the ways in which the Little Pocket Mouse became a hero. I look forward to adding the finished song to my collection of animal songs for kids. Here's what I've written so far: I'm small and furry, watch me scurry! It's the middle of the night and I'm in a hurry To gather seeds I like to eat. And store those seeds inside my cheeks. I'm a little pocket mouse. . . Pocket mouse Oh, where's your house? It's underground Where I can not be found Oh no, no, no. I'm a mouse who likes my privacy, So it came as a surprise to me To learn I was a hero of the rodent family!

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I am writing a new song about the Little Pocket Mouse

Category: Animal Songs

Published: Friday, February 26, 2010

I am currently writing a new animal song for kids about this very cute and rare rodent. The Pacific Pocket Mouse, a subspecies of the Little Pocket Mouse, is on the U.S. Endangered Species List. It is classified as an endangered animal in California. . . I first learned about the Little Pocket Mouse when i went on a hike in San Onofre State Beach in San Clemente, California. There I learned that the Pacific Pocket Mouse was a hero of sorts, because it's endangered status is one of the key things that kept a new toll road from being built right through its habitat in San Onofre State Beach. When an animal has been declared endangered, wildlife protection laws usually also protect their habitat, and it very difficult to get approval to build on that habitat or put a road through it. San Onofre is a very beautiful park and many people believe that the Little Pacific Pocket Mouse saved this park from being nearly destroyed! . . . Whenever I write an new animal song for kids, I first learn as much as I can about the animal. . . I am still writing my Little Pocket Mouse song and look forward to adding it to my collection of animal songs for kids.

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If I were a fish, I think I would be very happy living in the coral reefs off the coast of Belize. You can see Belize on a map in this video. It is the home to the second largest barrier coral reef in the world. It’s a pretty great place for a fish to live. I know this, but not because I’m a fish. You see, I’m Birdsong (of Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders), I write animal songs for kids, and I visited those coral reefs not too long ago. There were so many different colors and kinds of coral which means lots of nutritious food for fish. And the coral reefs also had places for fish to hide, just in case a hungry shark came by looking for its dinner. Yes i am sure that, if i were a fish, i would feel very lucky to live in Belize. Not only because of the beautiful coral reefs, but also because of the children of Belize who are taking good care of the ocean. We met some of these children when Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders visited the RC School in San Pedro.

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Eco-Wonder Hero - Amara- Cleans up the beach

Category: Eco-Wonder Kids Videos

Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010

In this video, Birdsong interviews Amara, age 4, about the ways that she and her family are helping to keep the ocean clean. We think Amara is an Eco-Wonder Hero because everyday, in small ways, she is making a difference in our world. She makes a difference by picking up trash from the beach and doing other things that help keep the water, soil and air clean. These things include recycling, using reusable grocery bags and carpooling. Amara inspires others to join her in caring for the Earth that we share. Each of us, like Amara, can make a difference everyday.

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Eco-Wonder Kids - Claire, age 6, a fan of BIRDSONG AND THE ECO-WONDERS, sings BIG BLUE MARBLE by Michelle Martin. We will love the Earth wherever we roam, For this big blue marble is our home, And we know that everyone in it, And we know that everything in it, Will always be a part of who we are.

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As 2009 draws to a close, I would like to thank all our fans for singing with us and doing your part to take care of the animals and plants with whom we share the Earth. Every one of you makes a difference when you choose actions that help keep the water, soil and air clean. We's also like to thank the eco-wonders (the amazing animals and plants) that inspired our new songs of 2009. These songs include I Almost Kissed a Butterfly, Plant a Habitat, and Leaders of the Pack . . . We'd like to give special thanks to our friends Sabrina from Oro Street, Jodi from EARTHROOTS FIELD SCHOOL and Lori and Reginald from BACK TO NATIVES RESTORATION for planting habitats and seeds of education in our community and inspiring verses in our song Plant a Habitat . . . Finally, thank you to the Defenders of wildlife and the National Resourse Defense Council (NRDC) for working so hard to protect the endangered gray wolves of North America and other endangered animals around the world. Your e-mails inspired me to learn more about wolves and write our song Leaders of the Pack..

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Our new song and music video, LEADERS OF THE PACK. is presented to you with a slideshow of beautiful wolf photos, courtesy of All -About -Wolves. The lyric, or words, to this animal song for kids are written below the video. Please read or sing along with me! . . . Wolves are in great need of our protection. They need large undisturbed wild habitats in order to thrive. They also need protection from hunters, their most dangerous predator. Wolves once lived in 40 of the United States, but now only live in a few western states. To learn more about how to help protect this endangered animal, go to the Defenders of Wildlife or NRDC websites.

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The latest in my collection of animals songs for kids is a song about gray wolves, called Leaders of the Pack. As with all of my animal songs, I like to spend time learning as much as I can about the animal and find something special about them that inspires the theme of the song. In the case of the gray wolves, the two things that most inspired me the most were: 1.) the way the alpha male and alpha female leaders protect thier pack AND 2.) the way the whole pack acts like a family, including taking turns to care for the wolf pups.

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The latest in my collection of animals songs for kids is a song about gray wolves, called Leaders of the Pack. As with all of my animal songs, I like to spend time learning as much as I can about the animal and find something special about them that inspires the theme of the song. In the case of the gray wolves, the two things that most inspired me the most were: 1.) the way the alpha male and alpha female leaders protect thier pack AND 2.) the way the whole pack acts like a family, including taking turns to care for the wolf pups.

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A Beautiful Humpback Whale Rescue Story

Category: Animal Stories

Published: Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Below is a beautiful story of the rescue of a Humpback whale off the coast of northern California. I believe the story is an example of how animals feel and express emotion. . . It felt to me like it was thanking us, knowing that it was free and that we had helped it, said James Moskito; of the rescue divers. It stopped about a foot away from me, pushed me around a little bit and had some fun.

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Listen to our new song PLANT A HABITAT

Category: Animal Songs

Published: Sunday, October 11, 2009

While i was writing my kids' song I ALMOST KISSED A BUTTERFLY, I learned that plants were very important to butterflies, birds and many of the creatures that we share our neighborhoods with. Plants provide food and shelter for our animal friends, and some animals will only eat very specific plants. This knowledge inspired me to write a new animal song for kids named, Plant a Habitat.

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A Poem about the Earth by Patricia Keenan

Category: Stories | Poems by Patricia

Published: Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dear Friends, The reason I write animal songs for kids is because I care about kids and animals. I have learned that one of the best ways to care for animals and kids is to take care of the Earth. After all, the Earth is our home; and keeping the land, water and air clean helps all of us (children, animals and adults) to stay healthy. My friend Patricia Keenan has written a wonderful poem call A MIGHTY GLOBE. It's about the Earth and th importance of keeping the Earth clean. I hope you enjoy it. A MIGHTY GLOBE A mighty globe A fragile ball Spins in space Protects us all Holds us tight We cannot fall!

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A Song about Fruit Bats, Seeds and Trees by Lucas Miller

Category: Animal Songs

Published: Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Who knew that a fruit bat and a seed could be so important for people around the world? I've also included the lyrics below to help you sing along. Click here to listen to Can You See The Connection?, courtesy of Free Songs for Kids. Did you know that bats find food as well as find their way their way around by echolocation? There is another animal on this blog that also uses echolocation. You can learn about that animal in one of our animal song videos. Any guesses?

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Lyrics to HERE WE GO!, our song about baby sea turtles

Category: Animal Songs- Ocean

Published: Wednesday, August 5, 2009

When I first heard the story of how baby sea turtles spend the first days of their lives, I knew I wanted to write a song about them to add to my collection of animal songs for kids. I was fascinated by the fact that the first babies to hatch from their eggs would wait for the rest of their brothers and sisters to hatch before running to the sea. . . You can also watch a fun kids video of HERE WE GO! that includes photos of baby and adult sea turtles and performances by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders in Ambergris Caye, Belize and in Orange County, California.

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Here We Go! Watch our video about baby sea turtles

Category: Animal Song Videos

Published: Sunday, July 26, 2009

Here we go, go, go! Wish us luck, luck, luck! sing the newly-hatched sea turtles in this fun, educational, sing-a-long video for kids by BIRDSONG and the ECO-WONDERS. Watch it and you will learn about the amazing life of baby sea turtles, the kinds of food they like to eat and how they find their way to the ocean in the middle of the night . . . Our HERE WE GO! kids video also has the words to the song so that you and your family can read and sing along with me. Also, if you watch carefully, you will see me and Dr. Marcie singing with children in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize and in Orange County, California. My song HERE WE GO! is one of a growing collection of animal songs for kids by BIRDSONG and the ECO-WONDERS.

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Lyrics to The Tide Pool Song

Category: Animal Songs- Ocean

Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Below are the lyrics to a song that continues to be one of my favorite ocean animal songs. Click here to learn more about tide pools and how I wrote The Tide Pool Song. And if you've been to the tide pools lately, please write to us and let us know what you saw. Perhaps you can even write your own verse to The Tide Pool Song.

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How i began to write animal songs for kids

Category: Animal Songs- Ocean

Published: Monday, July 13, 2009

People often ask me how I began to write animal songs for kids. My answer is always the same: It all began with The Tide Pool Song. . . . I am proud to say that The Tide Pool Song is used by the California State Parks and Orange County Parks as a teaching song for kids. I look forward to writing many more animal songs for kids. All it takes is an interesting animal or ecosystem to inspire me. And that happens all the time.

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Thank you for sparking that wonderment and imagination in my daughter. That conversation was a gift I will cherish forever, and it began because of the wonderment you captured in that song--the wonderment of discovering something amazing that you never knew was there. . . Thanks again for making such a beautiful album! It strikes a beautiful balance between sound science, conservation, and wonderment. We look forward to seeing you perform again soon. with love, Sarah Roby

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Have you ever seen a Kelp Forest dancing?

Category: Animal Songs- Ocean

Published: Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Have you ever seen a forest dancing Like a kelp forest dances in the sea? Dancing to the rhythm of the ocean A fancy dancing forest of seaweed. Slow dancing, swaying to the rhythm Hold fast to the bottom, and reach for the sun. Slow kelp dancing, swaying to the rhythm Hold fast to the bottom, and reach for the sun. Well, kelp is a kind of seaweed That holds onto a rock on the ocean floor ...

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Hammerhead Shark Coloring and Activity Page

Category: Coloring/Activity Pages

Published: Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I think that hammerhead sharks are pretty interesting looking creatures. Look at its T-shaped head! Like all sharks, the hammerhead is a predator and plays an important part in the ocean ecosystem and food chain . . . That's why I decided to include the hammerhead shark in my song FASCINATING SHARKS. It is one of my ocean animal songs for kids on the CD IF I WERE A FISH by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders.

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Let me tell you 'bout my fascination with SHARKS!

Category: Animal Songs- Ocean

Published: Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Let me tell you 'bout my fascination with a fish that has a bad reputation. Did you know that sharks have been around for about 400 million years? That's older than a dinosaur! The more I learned about sharks, the more it seemed like it was time to write a song about a fish whose reputation is far more fearsome than it's bite. . .

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Cool Earth Rap performed by Fionn

Category: Eco-Wonder Kids Videos

Published: Tuesday, June 9, 2009

This is a really cool video by our friend Fionn. Watch Fionn as he raps about taking care of the Earth when we recycling, bicycle, carpool and don't use plastic. I think you will agree that his perfomance is strong and convincing. Thank you, Fionn, for inspiring us to think more seriously about protecting the planet we live on . . .

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Download our Coral Reef Coloring and Activity Page (and see if you can find Oxford the Octopus in it!) . . . Coral is an important source of food for fish, sea cucumbers, turtles, worms, anemones and other creatures that live in the sea. While we were snorkeling, we had to be very careful not to touch the coral because touching it would harm or kill it . . . .

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LISTEN to my finished butterfly song and hear the story of how I wrote it. I think that butterflies are beautiful creatures and whenever I see them I feel happy inside. My feeling of happiness and my love for butterflies are what made me want to write a song about them . . .

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This fun, educational kids video by BIRDSONG and the ECO-WONDERS has real pinniped sounds, photos from NOAA and our song PINNIPED PARADE. . .

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Add your own ideas for my new butterfly song

Category: Animal Songs-Butterflies

Published: Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I started writing it after seeing a beautiful butterfly while i was taking along a trail at Crystal Cove State Park near Laguna Beach, CA. Most of my animal songs are about an animal I have met or an animal I find interesting...

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Oxford the Octopus says: You can make a difference and help protect the ocean, beaches and my friends who live in the sea. Here are some things that you and your families can do ...

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“My son Jaden drew these sea creatures while listening to Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders singing “IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs For Kids” (his favorite CD!). I thought I would send it to you so you could see the art that your music inspired...

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My, my, my how far those gray whales go! Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders have created this music video for kids that teaches about gray whale migration ...

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CLICKETY-CLACK by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. Dolphin Video showcased on the animal song for kids new blog

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My feeling of happiness and my love for butterflies are what made me want to write a song about them.

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Testimonial - If I Were a Fish CD

Category: Recent Articles

Published: Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My husband from Infinity Arts brought home to our kids Gavin 4 and Landis 2 your CD...

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Welcome to Our New Blog

Category: Recent Articles

Published: Monday, April 20, 2009

Hello and Welcome

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