THE EARTHFIRE BLOG

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...

— by Hope McKenzie — Technology has spawned a loss of intimacy and connection, both with each other and with the world around us.  All of us are familiar with the sight of people enclosed in their own virtual domain, oblivious to those around them.  As we distance ourselves from the world in which we live—and all of its inhabitants and wonders—we lose site of its interconnectedness with us, of its gifts and of our own needs. We tune out of the individual voices once so resonant and into a cacophony of images and words that exist only in that virtual domain, wrenching ourselves from the natural world in which we inherently belong.  ...

A gathering to celebrate, protect and explore our sacred connections to wildlife. If you're in the area, join Susan and other wildlife experts in Bozeman, Montana, for an evening of art and insight into our connection and responsibility to wildlife. Hosted by The Emerson Grill and Wilder Goods Saturday, September 23rd 2017 in Bozeman, Montana Art​ ​Reception​ ​~​ ​5​ ​-​ ​7:30​ ​p.m. At Wilder Goods in the Emerson Cultural Center Open to the public A collaborative art show featuring artists with a passionate vision of our relationship to wildlife, as well as presentations from wildlife experts on advocating effectively with our representatives, bridging...

— 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...

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