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The Ducks& Us—an  original song CD featuring the Northwest Boychoir—focuses on wildlife safety and protection and compassionately juxtaposes the science of wildlife protection with the social-emotional nature of human engagement with wildlife.

The song artfully demonstrates—through stories gleaned from a year of researching duck "feeders" in urban parks—hearing, understanding and including human needs with non-human realities for a systems-thinking approach to environmental care and protection..

  • Benefits:

  • To encourage personal power and responsibility by reinforcing that what each one does in our own back yard affects us all and the "natural" environment deeply.

  • To invite systems thinking by providing a tangible example of a food chain and social-emotional factors in environmental stewardship.

  • To inspire the transformation of our urban parks into safe havens for humans and wildlife.

Compact disc with 12 page study guide insert, 6:39 minutes; 2008.

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Valerie Easton

Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine


“I listened to the song. How fun and such a smart way to approach the problem.”

The Northwest Boychoir and conductor Ben Kromholtz en route to KUOW studios to record for "The Ducks & Us."


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Emotion Literacy Advocates (ELA) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization comprised of a group of generative artists and social activists in Seattle who came together at the turn of the millennium to further ELA's mission: to create learning forums for insight into emotion through language and the arts.