Hello my cetacean-loving friends.
As a “singing crew member” on Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari, I have had the privilege of spotting numerous humpback whales and observing their feeding and acrobatic behaviors. Watch this fun adventure video by “All Things Animal TV” to learn about this magnificent creature and listen to my “Humpback Whale Song” for kids to hear some male humpback whales singing. I could listen to their songs everyday 🙂 I’ve also included some links to more humpback whale videos at the end of this post. Enjoy!
Your singing cetacean naturalist and friend,
MORE HUMPBACK WHALE VIDEOS:
JOIN US IN CONCERT!
“Under the Sea Celebration”
SUNDAY, JULY 24
12:00 PM Crafts
12:30 – 1:30 PM Concert
(EVENT PLAZA near fountain and Old Navy)
7777 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Let’s sing our hearts out about whales, dolphins, sea turtles and more!
Dear Ocean-Loving Friends,
I’m very happy to invite you to our 2016 summer concert, sponsored by Bella Terra in Huntington Beach, California, USA. Please join us for an “Under the Sea Celebration” as we sing and dance to some of our all-time favorite animal songs for kids.
My love for the ocean and the creatures who call it home has grown ten-fold since first recording “IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids” in 2008. Recent experiences as a “Singing Naturalist” on whale watching trips have brought me even closer to these animals and have deepened my understanding of the interdependent relationship between the ocean and all life on our planet. Whenever possible, I share my new experiences, learning and videos on “Birdsong’s Blog”. I invite you to to subscribe.
Sending an ocean of love to all our fans on all seven continents,
Dear Cetacean-Loving Friends,
It’s happened again! Another member of Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders encountered a blue whale off the coasts of Dana Point and Laguna Beach in southern California. This time it was Dr. Marcie and she took a great video of this whale’s dive, fluke and all. If you look closely, you will see some white scarring on the whale’s tail. This is possibly a scar from a cut by a fishing line that got wrapped around this whale’s tail. Fortunately, this huge, beautiful whale survived that injury and now whale researchers and captains use that scar to identify this whale. Some have even nicknamed the whale “Scar”. Check out this video, my friends! (more…)
Dear Whale-Loving Friends,
I had another blue whale sighting while I was a Naturalist on the Nautilus with Newport Landing Whale Watching on June 3. I was in the company of more than fifty 9th graders from Magnolia Science Academy. The students kept me on my toes with some great questions about whales and marine life. There were also families with young children on the boat. Many had never been on the ocean before. Most had never seen a whale. You can hear their squeals in this video. It was an exciting ride with many opportunities for education, discussion and awe! (more…)
Take the Pledge! Birdsong celebrates “World Oceans Day” with a new kids music video “Keep the Ocean Clean”
June 8 is World Oceans Day! This year, individuals and organizations all over the world are celebrating with the theme “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” and are promoting prevention of plastic ocean pollution. I am participating in my musical way with our new kids song video, “KEEP THE OCEAN CLEAN -TAKE THE PLEDGE”. Please show it to your children, friends and family; and let me know what they think. Together, we can help protect our ocean for generations to come.
Learn more about World Oceans Day and download their website’s free resources at: WorldOceansDay.org. The website has a a free Octonauts Resource Kit for kids. You can also hear more of our Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders ocean animal songs on our CD “IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids” as well as on our video page.
With oceanic love,
Just a few days ago, I met a blue whale in Dana Point, CA, US! What a thrill it was to hear its breath and be close enough to take these photos. The blue whale is the largest animal on the planet. This one was about 70 feet long and some can grow as large as 85-90 feet. I’ll never forget the sound of its breathing. While we waited for the blue to re-submerge for a breath, my crew mates and I sang my kids song “So Big! Blue Whale!”. Thank you Capt. Steve, Desi and crew for this opportunity. It was a magical day on the ocean. Thank you, also, to the hundreds of Common Dolphins and seabirds that also made our day. More photos: (more…)
Gray Whale Mom and Calf Play in Laguna Beach and we can’t stop singing our kids song about gray whale migration!
Dear Whale-Loving Friends,
It has been a wonderful season of sightings of migrating gray whales, right here in Orange County, CA, US. Many of us have had the privilege of seeing these whales and their calves swimming and playing close to the shore, as you can see in this video posted by my friends at Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari. Because of my work as a American Cetacean Society naturalist, I have also had many opportunities this spring to sing “Migration”, my kids song about tthe gray whale. All in all, it’s been an awesome gray whale season. (more…)
In my training as a cetacean Naturalist, I began learning about the endangered Vaquita, the smallest of the porpoises and the smallest of all the cetaceans (Cetaceans are the whales, dolphins and porpoises). The vaquita porpoise is considered by many to be the rarest and most-endangered species of marine mammal in the world. It is estimated that there are only 70 or so vaquitas remaining. They all live in the Gulf of California, which is in Baja, Mexico.
The more I learn about the vaquita porpoise, the more I want to write a song that honors them and brings awareness to their critical situation. In fact, later today I will be speaking with two experts on the vaquita in order to learn more about this beautiful porpoise. I find that talking to an expert who is passionate about a given animal helps me to create a song that is accurate, believable and heart-felt.
Hello Dolphin-Loving Friends.
Whale watchers aboard a catamaran with Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari in Dana Point experienced a thrilling event when hundreds of common dolphins began “porpoising” at high speed out of the water.Dolphin Safari writes: “Often referred to as a dolphin stampede, this breathtaking behavior can happen at any time and without any apparent cause. Porpoising is the fastest mode of travel for dolphins because there is less resistance in air than water.” (
I have been on Captain Dave’s catamaran during a similar dolphin stampede. It was a truly thrilling and fortunate experience to be surrounding be hundred of dolphins swimming at a high speed. If my heart could smile, it was certainly smiling that day. As you all know, I love to express my care and passion for the animal world with a song. After you’ve watched the dolphin stampede, please sing along with me to my dolphin song video, “Clickety-Clack”.
Porpoising like a dolphin in my imagination,
There’s a bee in my strawberry! There’s a bee in my strawberry! How exciting!
Ok, a bee is not really IN my strawberry; but a bee worked very hard pollinating the flowers of a strawberry plant in order to help make this delicious fruit. So as I eat this strawberry, I think about bees and I feel very connected to them.
For the love of bees, I’d like to share this video by Earth Rangers. It teaches about the importance of bees and explains how and why they pollinate. This video also suggests ways in which we can help protect this buzzing insect. Take a few minutes to watch it and you, too, might think about bees the next time you eat a fruit or vegetable you love 🙂
P.S. If all this talk about bees makes you want to sing :), please check our our music video “The Flowers have Gone Wild!”. It features my song about all kinds of pollinators and their special relationship with wildflowers.