Fae By Nature presents WingSong, a series of naturalist programs for nature centers, libraries, and other venues. Its purpose is to entertain families, to educate about nature, and to encourage wildlife conservation. At each 30-45 minute program, Faerie Mermaid Galene and Stuart Willownote/Salty Stuart the Pirate perform original music by Neptune's Keep, and provide a Show & Tell nature talk about a theme animal or habitat. Stuart and Galene's costumes (mermaid or faerie, pirate or elf) and music selections reflect that theme. Programs include projected slides and video, and some feature live Saturniid moths hand reared by Faerie Galene.
May their anthem never fade.
In its music, worlds are made
when the choir of life serenades the sky.
Sweet love songs of night wings,
rise and fly!
Songs of Night Wings, a mesmerizing Fae By Nature program with original music by Neptune's Keep, celebrates the lives of wild Saturniidae (giant silkmoths). Five lilting pieces sing of the life cycle, perils, and beauty of three moth species (Luna, Cecropia, and Polyphemus) native to North America. Between songs, we talk about the ecology and conservation of these magical, often unnoticed animals. Slides and film accompany the music and discussion. For an enchanting grand finale, the audience meets our captive bred live moths up close and personal!
Gaze into the summer twilight and listen. Listen!
With shivers and flutters and poetic fragrance,
the choir of night is singing an anthem of life:
love songs of night wings!
In the snow is an owl.
And the snow is the owl.
And the owl hears the singing of Arctic ice
in the blue of the longest night
in the midnight of shimmering light.
In 2019, Fae By Nature presents Songs of Arctic Wings, a dazzling new musical program about Arctic birds that visit our area in winter. Four iconic Arctic species are featured: Snowy Owl, Snow Bunting, Common Redpoll, and Hoary Redpoll.
These mysterious and beautiful birds breed in the far Northern reaches of Arctic tundra. They appear in the lower 48 states on annual wintering grounds, or during periodic "irruptions." What drives these beautiful birds to take wing in frigid air and journey thousands of miles from their summer homes? What threats do these species face? Will they survive as fragile Arctic ecosystems are rapidy and drastically altered by global warming and other human disturbances? What can we do to save the Arctic? Through original Neptune's Keep songs, slides, film, and discussion, audiences will ponder these pressing questions.
Buntings sing an Arctic prayer
(buntings of snow, buntings of snow)
with the falcon, fox, and hare:
May there always be snow!