Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker are The Bug Chicks- entomologists who teach people about the amazing world of insects, spiders and other arthropods! We traveled across the country to film bizarre and familiar arthropods using a vintage sofa as our set piece in wild ecosystems. Our new series will inspire you to “get off the couch” and explore America’s backyard wilderness. As we put the finishing touches our web series you can be a part of the show. Ask us questions, upload photos to Project Noah (see below) and help us create the content that you would like to see. Check us out on social media to follow along on our stories from the field.
Project Noah is our official partner on or this epic adventure. This amazing mobile app supported by National Geographic allows people all over the world to share in wildlife discoveries- in their own backyard or in wild places. Simply upload a photo of an organism and participate in a network of citizen scientists, professionals and nature enthusiasts. Digitally explore your world!
This amazing trip wouldn’t be happening at all if it weren’t for the generosity of our friends, colleagues and a bunch of kind total strangers who believed enough in what we’re doing to contribute money through our Indiegogo campaign. You are all bugdorks. You are all loved. We salute you and every night around the campfire we raise a mug of tea in your honor. Thank you!
The American Honda Motor Company is our official vehicle sponsor! They lent us a new 2014 Odyssey to use for the duration of our filming trip. This ride is sweet! We are traveling in style (and most importantly safety) because of this generous offer of support for our project.
We are so proud to count The Entomological Society of America (ESA) as one of our major sponsors. This is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and individuals in related disciplines. It’s so nice to know that our friends, peers and colleagues are behind us as we create a new web series on the animals we’ve all devoted our lives to learning about. Bugdorks, ho!
When you go on an expedition you need to be prepared for anything that nature can throw at you. Next Adventure, Portland’s Alternative Outdoor Store, outfitted us for any eventuality. We are cooking with gas, hiking in style and navigating the night and due to the epic awesomeness of this store. If you’re in Portland RUN, HIKE, BIKE, SWIM or PADDLE to Next Adventure. You won’t be sorry.
Who would we be without Texas A&M University’s Department of Entomology? We’re not sure, but we know we wouldn’t be entomologists! Our Alma Matter is one of our sponsors and we are just busting with Aggie pride. If you want to be an entomologist when you grow up, check out their program. Whoop!
It’s all fine and dandy to look at bugs- but sometimes you need to COLLECT them. This is where our fabulous sponsor Bioquip really shines. This company is the gold standard when it comes to entomological equipment and we were like kids at Christmas opening up our gear packages. Nets! Aspirators! Beat Sheets! Oh Santa…you’ve been replaced.
5,4,3,2,1…Action! Thanks to the big-hearted folks at Primary Photo Education, we’ve got every bit of camera equipment we needed to round out our kit. They totally hooked us up with gear and tips and tricks so that we could film a successful show. Also, thanks to PhoenixLotus Productions for lending us a few camera essentials.
Since our primary goal is to teach people about the incredible value of arthropods it makes sense that we would team up with an organization that cares about education as much as we do. Tweets and Tree Frogs is a company that works to teach about the amazing wildlife found in our very own backyards. Follow them on Twitter @tweetstreefrogs!
Packing for a 5-week filming trip where you’re camping, hiking, on camera trying to look decent and hunting for bugs could have been a nightmare. However, with Gobi Gear’s amazing HoboRoll our packing was a breeze! This incredible reengineered stuff sack fit so many articles of clothing that it was like magic. We believe!
In the age of social media and immediate updates, we couldn’t risk being out of range for long. Autonet to the rescue! This keeps us in the loop and online as we make our way across this great country. (In fact we updated this page from the car!)
The good people at the Stereo King in Clackamas, OR hooked up our van with the wireless rig from Autonet. The Bug Chicks are now officially a hotspot. As if you had any doubts…