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Two entomologists take a green couch on an epic cross-country trip to film America's awesome bugs.
Jessica Honaker
Portland, Oregon
United States
1 Team Member

The Show

You don’t have to visit the Amazon or Borneo to see cool animals – there is an amazing world to discover here in the United States! We will be traveling across the country to film bizarre and familiar arthropods (arthropods = animals with an exoskeleton). Using a vintage sofa as our setpiece in wild ecosystems, we will inspire you to “get off the couch” and explore America's backyard wilderness.

We are entomologists who specialize in fun, quirky educational videos. Nature programming has been leaning toward fear and myth lately, which we find alarmingly sad. The natural world is mind-blowing; we don't really need to embellish it. Join us as we film tiger beetles, luna moths, solifuges, scorpions, tarantulas, centipedes and more!

All episodes will be linked with the new National Science Framework Standards and will feature kid correspondents that cyber-travel with us thanks to our partner, Project Noah. 

We are The Bug Chicks and we need your help. Please contribute, and support positive programming, science, female role models, and fun, educational content.


Why this and why us? 

Where are all the women on television/web who are smart, funny and kind to each other? We have been told that we are great role models for young girls and boys (we're best friends and real people who are in turns funny, smart, capable, silly and passionate about our work). Think Kratt's Creatures, but with girls and bugs! 

We both have our Masters degrees in Entomology. For six months, we lived in a two-person tent in Kenya studying and collecting arachnids. Our workshops have reached over 20,000 students all over the world in English, Spanish and Swahili. Additionally, we have made over 50 educational videos through the small education business we own. This makes us uniquely qualified for a project of this scale.   

Our passion is teaching about these amazing animals as we promote public access to science. Will you help us?


Funds - What do we need and what will we use it for?

Our Budget

Our total budget is $45,000. This will cover costs for four people (Kristie, Jess, our videographer, and our producer) for five weeks on the road. We will spend it on food, gasoline, a trailer for the couch, a vehicle (we are working on sponsorship for this as well), camping fees, filming permits, and post-production. Two friends are coming with us as our "crew" (the videographer and producer) and we've budgeted a small stipend for them. They are taking five weeks out of their busy lives to help us and we'd like to help them in return. We also need some serious computer storage for our footage and a steady cam rig. The budget includes allowances for other incremental costs (toll roads, blown tires, emergencies, chocolate, etc). 

If we're overfunded, the extra funds will be used for the development of our matching science curricula that will enhance the videos and the development of season two!

Don't worry - if we can't meet our funding goal (we REALLY hope we do...) we have a backup plan. Even if we're underfunded, we will still create a show - we will focus on the western states and cut the trip to 3 weeks instead. We're doing this!


Interaction & Public Access to Science

For the past few years, we've created video content for some awesome organizations, including the U.S. Forest Service, the National Ag Science Center and Texas A&M University. Now, we're excited to create our own show with the help of some great partner organizations.

For this show, we're partnering with Project Noah, an app supported by National Geographic. It makes this expedition truly interactive; people can upload pictures of insects and other arthropods found along the route. 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 the five week expedition.

This show will be primarily internet-based, which will allow us to reach an incredibly broad audience. We'll have the episodes on our YouTube and Vimeo pages, as well as our website. Post production will begin when we return to Portland, and the episodes will be released one at a time, starting mid-November.

Even if bugs aren't your thing, your contribution will help support science education for students all across America!



How You Can Help 

Please contribute to this project and help us provide positive science and nature programming for people all over the world. Please consider donating through PayPal (No need for an account-- you can use credit cards there). This way we can receive the funds immediately and start our trip on time - August 26th! 

Each donation level has its own fun perk! We want to thank you for helping us make this show a reality. Anyone who donates $20.00 or more will receive an awesome "Bugdork" bumper sticker. Let your dork flag fly! 

Are you a business interested in sponsorship? We have corporate sponsorship packet for companies interested in sponsoring the show. Donation levels for $1,000 and up! Please contact us directly at contactus@thebugchicks.com for more information and to receive your packet. Thank you!


If you're not able to donate, please, please, please spread the word about our campaign. Any and all promotion is helpful. Thank you!


--Kristie and Jess, The Bug Chicks


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This campaign ended on August 23, 2013
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  • $20USD
    Bugdork Bumper Sticker

    Are you fan? Then you need the official Bug Chicks bumper sticker. We get asked for this sticker all the time. Now it can be yours. Show the world that you are not afraid to let your dork flag fly!

    94 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $35USD
    "Be Brave" Poster

    Pin up real role models... You'll get an autographed, limited edition Bug Chicks “Be Brave” poster. You can grow up to be anything you want-- all you have to do is be brave! Also, we'll throw in a bugdork bumper sticker!

    48 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $70USD
    Illustrated Insect Print

    Hand-drawn by The Bug Chicks, this 8x10 insect print will be matted, autographed and ready to frame! We will pick one of the coolest insects we find along the trip to draw. Also, we'll include a bugdork bumper sticker!

    36 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $100USD
    Expedition T-shirt

    This shirt will be epic! Think band tour t-shirt, but with bugs. It will include a list of locations and the bugs we filmed there, along with our official sponsor logos. Wear the shirt, live the adventure. You know you also get a bugdork bumper sticker!

    24 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $250USD
    Amazing Insect Photo

    One of four gorgeous matted arthropod photographs courtesy of our videographer, Peter from Manifest Photography. Bring the beautiful outdoors inside! We have them in our office. Do you? Of course, you also receive a bugdork bumper sticker!

    3 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $500USD
    Bug Chicks Workshop

    Skype/in-person Bug Chicks workshop for a school of your choice. We’ll spend an hour teaching about the awesome bugs of America and what it’s like to be an entomologist! Plus, we'll add a DVD set of the show after post-production concludes! Workshop type dependent on school location. Please contact us directly to schedule. This makes a great gift for a school/program for kids in need! Want a bumper sticker, too? You got it.

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Video Appearence in Show

    Know someone who is a budding entomologist? They can be in one of our episodes! You (or your child) can call in via Skype and help us teach. Become a part of our network of "field correspondents" across the country! It will be amazing. Please contact us directly for details and scheduling. We knew you also want a bugdork sticker. Done.

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
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