There are so many things that make people unique; different cultures, races, religions careers, interests and personalities. But there’s one thing that unifies many people from across the globe. Unfortunately, it’s a negative. Most people fear or even hate insects, spiders and other arthropods. They do not hesitate to maim, spray or kill these animals without a thought. Arthropods are the most numerous and diverse animals on the planet, but very few people know about the important roles they play in ecosystems all over world.
The current trend in nature programming only encourages people’s fear and lack of understanding of these amazing creatures. The scary voiceovers, creepy music and myth-based scripting do nothing to alleviate the public’s apprehension. As The Bug Chicks, our mission is to change people’s minds and hearts when it comes to arthropods.
We teach, write and produce educational content for organizations all over the world. Combining our backgrounds in science, theatre, and art, we create a unique and entertaining learning experience. Our fun, quirky videos have been seen in over 25 countries and we aim to inspire a lifelong love of learning.
Our latest project is a perfect blend of nature, education and the power of social media.
We are going on a cross-country adventure to film the awesome bugs of the United States! Using a vintage sofa as our set piece in wild ecosystems across the country, we will inspire you to “get off the couch” and explore America’s backyard wilderness.
This new series will be fully integrated with mobile technology through a partnership with Project Noah, an app supported by National Geographic, where people can upload photos of insects and other arthropods found along the route. This allows interaction with students and citizen scientists all over the world. We will live-blog and tweet related behind-the-scenes clips, how-to videos and additional content through Project Noah and NPR’s Science Friday website during our five week expedition.
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There’s an awesome network of scientists, teachers, nature-lovers and bugdorks of all kinds who are beating back the fear one fact at a time. All of us who love arthropods take advantage of the incredible power of social media to spread the word. Initiatives like National Moth Week help to raise awareness and inspire people to get involved in science. We are so excited to celebrate National Moth Week with you, every week of the year!
Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker are The Bug Chicks They received their Master’s degrees from Texas A&M University and partner with several government and non-profit organizations including the US Forest Service, the National Ag Science Center, Project Noah and the UN Decade on Biodiversity on various educational projects. You can read their weekly blog on NPR’s Science Friday website.