Environmental Adventures with the Whobuddies!

Every child likes cartoons right?  Well how about a cartoon that also teaches them something?  That seems to be the thought behind the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resource Conservation Service‘s Whobuddies Adventures series.

So who are the Whobuddies?

Bubo, Otus, Tyto, Strix, Ninox and Asio are cartoon owls who really care about the environment.  Each owl specializes in one particular natural resource and are bestowed with all the knowledge about that resource.  And if you know your Latin, you may notice that each owl’s name comes from the genus of that particular owl.  As their mild-mannered selves, they enjoy teaching others about the importance of conserving and protecting our precious natural resources.  But when they are needed, they become their super-powered alter egos, taking on abilities specific to their assigned resource and jumping into action to get conservation efforts off the ground.

There are all kinds of resources available on the NRCS website, including activity sheets, discussion questions, a downloadable poster, two comic book stories and even narrated video versions of their comic adventures.

So if you’re looking for a different approach to teaching children about natural resource conservation, check out the Whobuddies.  I’m sure they’d be happy to help.

*Character Descriptions
BuboBubo is a strong, powerful owl who really “digs” the soil. His main emphasis is to teach how soil conservation practices help in preventing soil erosion. Bubo relies on his awesome strength and power to move anything in his way. He is as powerful as a bulldozer and he doesn’t like it when soil is treated like dirt! OtusOtus really knows how to have fun in the water. He also deeply appreciates clean water. He likes to teach others how to conserve this precious resource. Otus can remarkably turn himself into a liquid form which has its advantages. He can maneuver himself in and around any obstacle.
StrixStrix is a funloving and playful owl who’s heart goes out to all animals. He teaches the importance of having an abundance of wildlife habitat. Strix has the ability to communicate with all animals, and the animals all love his childlike play. They would do anything for their dear friend. NinoxNinox specializes in science. He enjoys using his skills and intelligence in showing others how we all depend on plants every day. Ninox has a special talent with the elements of science. His customized formulas can animate any plant species.
TytoTyto can be a little flighty at times, but he is all business when it comes to air quality. He gives the importance of clean air his fullest attention. Not only can Tyto cause himself to float, but he has the incredible ability to cause other objects to become lighter than air, too.
AsioAsio is a real dynamo who gets things done. She is very energetic in teaching others about the necessity of energy conservation and efficiency. Asio is lightening fast. Her super quickness is a huge benefit in helping her complete any difficult task.

*Whobuddies created by NRCS District Conservationist Brad Harrison. Art by RODGON.

Laura Crowell, State Public Affairs Specialist, NRCS
Phone: 515-284-4262


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