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Gigi, a Wild Grouse, Inexplicably Adopts a Human

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — In April I received an anguished email…..:  Hi Susan, We have a situation I could use advice on….Gigi the Grouse. For about a...

Registration is now open for our July 26 live online video Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich, How Connecting with an Animal Can Help Us Heal the Earth. This month, we will be going deeper into one of the key questions we explored during our May and June Conversations: When we connect with non-human species, we have the opportunity to integrate their unique intelligences and wisdoms into our journey forward. How can the intelligence of a wild animal be used to help us live sustainably and heal the Earth? What can we do in our daily life? In this conversation, we will share what we are doing to achieve this. Earthfire community members have been thrilled by this global...

On August 21, 2017, all of us living in the United States will experience the first total solar eclipse visible throughout the country since 1979! The path of the eclipse will cut right through Teton Valley, Idaho, where Earthfire Institute is located, and as a result this area is expected to be one of the best places to view the eclipse in the entire US. Because this is such a special celestial event, and one we won’t see again until 2045, we want to offer our closest friends the opportunity to experience it with us and the wild animal residents of Earthfire Institute. We will host an intimate, private viewing with a small number of our friends in our beautiful Wildlife Garden, and we...

— by Chelsea Carson — Each of us has a responsibility to do what we can to work towards a compassionate and sustainable future. What we do matters. One important way we can be a steward of the Earth is to decrease our plastic waste. Examples: buying bulk in reusable containers; not using plastic straws, (you can make a surprising impact with this, more information here); not using plastic water bottles (and it's bad for you!). The use of plastic is everywhere. When we make decisions not to use it, it is important to talk to people about why. This is how change starts. Use reusable alternatives to lower our reliance on single-use plastic items. Share with us and your community the...

-- by Chelsea Carson -- The summer solstice has passed and millions of us are heading out to nature, which is a wonderful thing. However, millions of us treading outside can make a huge negative impact on the wild lands and the living beings we are there to enjoy. From flowers reaching their lovely heads to the sun, their whole being focused on setting seed and perpetuating their species, to the animals we so want to see. Imagine if thousands of people came walking through your home during a weekend. You would want then to be thoughtful. Impacts are inevitable but consciously minimizing impacts is our choice. Nature is not a backdrop for human activities, though we may perceive it that...

-- by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. -- A call came – can we take a baby beaver? Yes. When it arrived it was tiny – close to a newborn. It was crying piteously. There was no one in the state available to care for it except us and we did our very best. Jean used his special energy to try to infuse life force into it, spending hours trying to get her to take a bottle. I had a special pouch made so that I could carry her with me close to my beating heart for the sense of companionship so crucial to beavers. We put fresh and crushed willow with her for a familiar smell in case that would give her ease. Despite our best efforts, research, vet care, the baby beaver didn’t make it. The last two...

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