Meet the Eco-Wonders
The Eco-Wonders are the amazing animals, plants and habitats that inspire Birdsong’s lyrics.
The Eco-Wonders are the sea otters, sharks and other endangered species whose inspiring stories of survival inspire our protection.
The Eco-Wonders are the California Gray Whales who make the longest migration of any mammal alive and hummingbirds with long beaks adapted for eating, drinking and pollinating the plants in their environment.
The Eco-Wonders are the octopuses, lizards and rabbits who use camouflauge for protection from predators.
The Eco-Wonders are beautiful places and ecosystems like coral reefs, kelp forests, grasslands, woodlands and tide pools.
The Eco-Wonders are the precious gifts of the natural world and will keep Birdsong writing and recording for many years to come.
Keep the Ocean Clean
a message from Oxford the Octopus
Did you know there is a section of the Pacific Ocean twice the size of the continental United States that is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? My friends at the Surfrider Foundation say that “100 million tons of plastic” swirl in that patch. There is so much plastic in the water that it outnumbers zooplankton by six to one!
The bad news is that this plastic ends up in the stomachs of my friends, the marine birds and animals. In fact, one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals around the world die each year due from swallowing or getting tangled in plastic.
Plastic is made from petroleum and it lasts almost forever. Every piece of plastic ever made is still in existence. That’s why it’s so important to me that all people try to greatly reduce their use of plastics, especially single-use plastics. 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:
- Use reusable bottles for water and other drinks. By using just one reusable bottle, you will keep 167 single-use plastic bottles from entering the environment.
- Bringing cloth or reusable bags to the grocery store to carry your things. For each reusable bag you use, it will save approximately 400 plastics from being used.
- Reuse or recycle the plastic bags you already have. For every thirteen plastic bags you don’t use, you will save enough petroleum to drive a car one mile.
- Learn more and share ideas with others on how to reduce plastic use.
- Don’t litter. Ever. (But you knew that already)
Thank you for helping to keep the ocean clean. After all, the ocean is my home.
Oxford the Octopus
My daughter, Shelby, is 4 years old and she loves your CD. She listens to it over and over. One of her favorite songs is “Keep the Ocean Clean.” Today when her Daddy mentioned to her it was Earth Day she decided on her own that we should go to the beach and pick up trash. So the whole family went down to the beach and spent over an hour picking up a bag full of plastic bags, bottles, straws, candy wrappers etc. I just wanted you to know that thanks to your music and what it has taught my daughter that today she was able to make a difference. Now all those plastic bags and other trash we picked up will not go into the ocean. Thank you for all you do to teach the kids that they can make a difference! Our best to you.
– Shelby’s Mom
Did you know that the Kelp Forest forms one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world?
Made of a seaweed called Giant Kelp, these seldom seen forests provides food and shelter to seals, sea lions, sea otters, fishes, algae and marine invertebrates around the world. They play a crucial role in the health of our oceans; and they also release large amounts of oxygen into the air we breathe. Growing in cool to cold waters, giant kelp forests have a capacity for some of the most remarkable growth rates in the plant kingdom, sometimes growing as much as 300 feet in a single year.