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Interspecies Connections
September 21, 2017

Finding Refuge in Animal Companionship

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — When Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans, the general policy was to rescue people but require them to leave their pets behind. This...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — I took the day off for my birthday—the one day a year I refuse to work. Immediately the mice came out to play. The day before Sally,our office manager, had said in her inimitable Texas way, ”Houston, (meaning me), we have a problem.”  She showed me a mouse-chewed wire; I acknowledged the fact. But when I returned, Sally showed me a picture she had taken of a young mouse walking casually across the office and just sitting there completely relaxed in the middle of the floor. As if it owned the place....

This gorgeous lettuce was grown biodynamically, a method even better than organic, which produces vibrant vegetables. You can feel the life energy of them nourishing your own life. The moment I put it on the ground to photograph it, the chickens came racing over and gave no quarter. They recognized something good. It was impossible to take a good photograph and fend them off at the same time. They managed to steal some leaves despite my best efforts. At least it will be in my egg in the morning....

— by Susan Eirich, Hope McKenzie, Chelsea Carson — “For thousands of years animals have migrated in a rhythm as primal as a heartbeat, followed by their human and animal hunters.”* Disturbing these vital ancient patterns; cutting two continents in half for the sake of temporary political expediency, will cause permanent species loss, habitat damage, and immeasurable suffering for wildlife. With the construction of an eighteen-foot steel and concrete wall along the United States and Mexico border nearly a thousand species, many already endangered and under great stress, will no longer be able to follow ancient traditions of migration, mating, hunting and foraging, critical to their...

— by Chelsea Carson — Last time we spoke about the necessity of maintaining wildlife corridors so animals can move freely as needed for survival. In our blog this week we discuss the proposed border wall across the US-Mexico border and what we can do. This 1900-mile long wall will cut off the natural flow of life and habitat for at least 700 hundred species of animals, some of them already stressed or endangered. To help prevent the wall a first step is to become active in the dialogue and events around this issue. Calling our local government officials, signing petitions, writing editorial pieces for magazines and newspapers- any way to add our voices to the opposition is helpful....

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — As left brained engineer and astronaut Edgar Mitchell hurtled back toward the earth, he saw it in all its vulnerable beauty, hanging alone in the blackness of space. He underwent a profound mystical experience of the nature of life and the types of knowledge we need to understand it – a combination of our analytic intelligence and our inner wisdom.  In 1973 he founded IONS1 a research institute devoted to exploring the nature of consciousness using both these modalities. I spoke at the IONS conference recently to make a plea to develop a spiritual ecology, bringing spirituality into conservation and conservation into consciousness discussions through...

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