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Interspecies Connections
October 5, 2017

An Encounter with Another Kind

— by Wendy Francis — I spend a lot of time exploring and enjoying the natural world. So it’s not unusual for me to have an intimate encounter with a wild...

We often find ourselves consumed by busy schedules filled with endless engagements, responsibilities and demanding deadlines. In the process of having to be somewhere or do something, it is easy not to attend to our restoring ability to just be. How do we tune out of our distractions and into Life? We can make a date with Nature, put it on our calendar, and insist on it. It is really a date with our Selves. It needn’t be long - it can be only 5 minutes. We just have to do it, to help our brains make that transition. Nature can actually alleviate stress and anxiety while increasing our capacity to listen and connect with other living beings. We recently had a staff retreat where...

There is an organic feel to the development of our conversations. Organic in the sense of a magical natural unfolding leading to you-know-not-where-but-somewhere-wonderful. In creative fields there is a common phrase, “trust the process,” meaning just let the work unfold naturally and see where it leads. Not always easy to do when we want to direct things, or are nervous about what we may discover. But that is where real change lies. By letting things unfold, we may find ourselves guided somehow, through threads and currents too subtle for us to see, into what will become a beautiful or profound tapestry of meaning. This is even more true in a group conversation such as this, the...

— by Susan Eirich, PhD — We all have our ways of looking at life, being attracted to what is important to us (hopefully that is defined by ourselves rather than others). Yesterday I was driving in Jackson, Wyoming when I saw a tall naked tree trunk standing on a street corner, all its branches severed, a tall scarred column. A strange sight. It was a pine tree, boughs scattered on the ground.  A tree service truck was parked nearby. I screeched to a halt, backed up and got out. Fresh pine boughs! Porcupine delight!  A young man in a hard hat was gathering the boughs to be put into a chipper. When I told him it was for a porcupine and that I ran an animal sanctuary he was delighted...

— by Susan Eirich, PhD — Although double in size and way old enough, our newest addition to Earthfire refuses to give up her bottle and move on to the squirrel version of peas and carrot. She will only accept almonds. Or maybe hazelnuts. How do you discipline a baby squirrel to eat her veggies? 2 October 2017 Dr. Susan Eirich is the Founder and Executive Director of Earthfire Institute Wildlife Sanctuary and Retreat Center. A licensed psychologist, biologist and educator, her goal is to widen the circle of conversation about conservation to include the voices of all living beings....

— by Susan Eirich, PhD — We had a high wind the other day - so high that a 65’ cottonwood cracked and then crashed directly in front of the bear enclosures. The bears dashed for their dens and were not to be seen. There was the dead silence of bear shock. After a while Teton Totem crept forward to investigate this change in his environment, a dawning gleam in his eyes. It had been cold, damp, dismal the past few days and here right in front of him was a gold mine - leaves! Masses of leaves! Bedding! He reached out and gathered them to him, bunch after bunch, gathered  them into his den and packed himself an early bed. He wasn’t really ready to hibernate for another month or two,...

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