Interconnections Between the Birds & the Bees

Studies of Birds and Insects Illuminate Interconnectedness in Nature

While they seem to fill very separate niches within the environment, birds and insects share some important symbiotic relationships. Both birds and insects play vital roles in the places and spaces that they inhabit (nearly everywhere), and though their roles are not shared, they are sometimes dependent upon one another. Exploring the relationship between the two can illuminate interconnections found within nature, and highlights the ways in which life forms develop relationships based on one another roles in a landscape.

Though most bird-insect relationships are simply predator-prey relationships, there are ways in which the two types of creatures exist in symbiosis – though the insects serving as meals might beg to differ about the extent to which such a relationship is truly symbiotic. Though bird-insect relationships generally result in someone getting eaten, they’re still important and essential to the survival of not only birds, but some plants as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Mug & Bugs in the Hills

Mud & Bugs

Insects by K. Pike

It’s mud season here in the hills and we have a little little time before the torturous black-fly season, followed by the ever so itchy mosquito season – a time when our kids can easily be mistaken for having the chicken pox and adults have at least one token bug bite on their face in an ever so prominent spot.

Towards the end of the summer, copious numbers of tent caterpillars that wiggled all over our trees, bushes, rain gutters and lawn furniture, turn into swarms of butterflies. Ahhhh … the hilltowns, an entomologist’s promised land.

If you have a child that doesn’t scream and run at the sight of a spider, or makes stomping on ants a competitive sport, then you just might have a budding entomologist on your hands – or at the very least,  a child that is open to learning more about INSECTS. There are many books available on arthropods and spiders, including guides to use out in the field to identify any bug your child may thrust towards you while asking if it’s poisonous.

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HFVS Insects & Spiders Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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INSECT & SPIDERS EPISODE

(Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA
Saturday mornings from 9-10am
May 24th, 2008

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  • Steve Weeks – “Yellowjacket” [Alphabet Songs Vol. III: Rabbit Run]
  • Sharp Cookies – “Anteatereater” [Muddy Water Beaver Dam Band]
  • Seth Decker – “Bugville Boogie” [Intergalactic Tour]
  • Marais & Miranda – “What is an Insect? [Nature Songs]
  • Mr. David Musicworks – “La Cucaracha” [The Great Adventures of Mr. David]
  • Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang – “Eensy Weensy Spider” [Get Up & Dance]
  • Joe McDermott – “Spider Magic” [Air Guitar]
  • Randy Kaplan – “The Ladybug Without Spots” [Loquat Rooftop]
  • Kevin Kammeraad – “Frogs and Toads” [The Tomato Collection]
  • Storytelling ID: Steve Weeks www.steveweeksmusic.com
  • FEATURED STORY: Steven Kellogg – The Mysterious Tadpole
  • The Jimmies – “Taddy” [Make Your Own Someday]
  • Dog on Fleas – “Ooooh spider!” [Fairly Good Songs For Fairly Good Kids]
  • The Harmonica Pocket – “The Light of a Firefly” [Ladybug One]
  • The Harmonica Pocket – “Firefly” [Ladybug One]
  • SHOW ID: Harmonica Pocket www.harmonicapocket.com
  • Marais & Miranda – “Why Does a Bee Buzz?” [More Nature Songs]
  • Wee Hairy Beasties – “Buzz Buzz Buzz” [Animal Crackers]
  • Laurie Berkner – “Bumblebee” [Buzz Buzz]
  • Pete Seeger – “Teency Weency Spider” [Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Fishes]

In the Hilltown Family Outdoor Adventure Program we recently went on a Bug Hunt and the kids loved it. Click here to discover clever way family can rig up an insect observation station, or here for a reading list of titles that explore bugs.

VIDEO REVIEW

We L-O-V-E Bill Nye. Know him? Check out these videos below: Bill Nye the Science Guy: Insects & Spiders

What to bring Bill Nye back? Click here.

Other web site worth checking out your bug lovin’ kids are:

Mud & Bugs in the Hills

Mud & Bugs

Insects by K. Pike

It’s mud season here in the hills and we have a little time before the torturous black-fly season, followed by the ever so itchy mosquito season – a time when our kids can easily be mistaken for having the chicken pox and adults have at least one token bug bite on their face in an ever so prominent spot.

Towards the end of the summer, copious numbers of tent caterpillars that wiggled all over our trees, bushes, rain gutters and lawn furniture, turn into swarms of butterflies. Ahhhh … the hilltowns, an entomologist’s promised land.

If you have a child that doesn’t scream and run at the sight of a spider, or makes stomping on ants a competitive sport, then you just might have a budding entomologist on your hands – or at the very least,  a child that is open to learning more about INSECTS. There are many books available on arthropods and spiders, including guides to use out in the field to identify any bug your child may thrust towards you while asking if it’s poisonous.

Read the rest of this entry »

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