-- By Susan Eirich, PhD -- After 19 years of trying, Earthfire Institute has finally received a formal rehabilitation license from the State of Idaho Department of Fish and Game. We have been working with them informally over the years on a case by case basis when they needed help with specific animals, but this is different. We can now take calls from the public and they are coming in several times a week. The need is so great! And so many of the issues are human caused that we owe it to the animals to do what we can. At this time of year it is mostly orphaned babies. To date we have welcomed coyotes and beavers but soon there will be black bear babies and others. I am afraid that I am...

Your donation to Earthfire will be matched by up to 50%, up to a total of $25,000. The giving period ends July 21st, and the funds must be given through the Tin Cup to receive the match. Tin Cup is our largest fundraiser of the year and covers an essential part our operating expenses. We appreciate your generous contribution. The Tin Cup Challenge, offered through the Community Foundation of Teton Valley, helps local non-profits raise funds by matching donations. You can learn more about the Tin Cup Challenge here. Donate to Earthfire through Tin Cup here. Thank You for Your...

Spring is in full swing here in Driggs, as evidenced by the sound of rushing water in the distance—the snowmelt from the mountains has started! Life-giving, clean, cold mountain water, released from the winter snows just when things start growing. What an elegant system! Spring is in our hearts, too. We started the new year with a very ambitious plan to widen the circle of conversation about our ecological priorities to include the rich and varied perspectives from all the Life that usually has no seat at our human-centered table, including the wild animals. We are seeking nothing less than a paradigm shift, in which we human beings begin to consider all life as sacred, and use that...

Reserve Your Spot Now for this Unique Online Experience! Join Earthfire Institute’s Executive Director Dr. Susan Eirich for a first-of-its kind online video discussion, How Connecting with An Animal Can Help You Heal the Earth. The online video discussion takes place on Wednesday, May 17, at 6pm Mountain time (5pm Pacific; 8pm Eastern). The cost is free, but advance registration is required. Register here. We humans increasingly recognize that our ecological crisis has, at its core, a spiritual cause. If we truly believe that all life is sacred, then we know we will have to make radical revisions to how we live personally and how we operate as a society. This may seem difficult....

It’s deep winter here in snowy Driggs, Idaho, where the bears have gone to sleep, and life quietly gestates beneath the snow in preparation for new life, new beginnings. Life springs eternal. Here in tiny Driggs, more than 900 people participated in January’s global Women’s March, each contributing with their presence to a world-wide movement in support of social and environmental issues. And from here, I could see and feel the energy of all the women’s marches all over the world... women, men, and children sharing the same aspirations for a better future, in person and online, through the power of our global, interconnected age. We truly are all in it together. We can see it. We...

Our new website just launched this October. It keeps all the content you enjoy, such as the Animal Stories, but includes important new features designed to empower all of us to heal our connection with nature. The foundations of change are education and emotional connection, and the new website uses both of these to move us towards finding a new way of living on our Earth. Thus we’ve expanded our blog to include more writers and perspectives, and continue with our heart-centered Animal Stories, Pictures and Videos. A newly added comment thread throughout the site invites you to join the conversation and share your insights. To comment please sign into Disqus. This ensures we are...