Posts By Susan B. Eirich, PhD

Susan B. Eirich, PhD, 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.
An egg starting to hatch

The Mysterious Egg

The early morning silence in the vast sagebrush field was profound. Meditative. The dense fog lent a quality of mystery. The world was still. Out of the mist came the call of a raven in the nearby woods and suddenly, the air itself was filled with a sense of life

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Close up of the orange, cornucopia-shaped flower of the touch-me-not plant

Planting Seeds of Change

When I was a child growing up in upstate New York, my parents and I would take a walk around the woods surrounding the local reservoir on weekends. My mother delighted in showing me the touch-me—not, a plant with seed pods that, when ripe, await being touched and then burst

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Grizzly bear laying on his stomach in the snow

Ramble the Grizzly vs. 10 Heads of Lettuce

Ramble the bear had a stomach ache, and it was a sad thing to see. There he was: lying on his stomach, front paws down along his side, bottom of his pads turned up to the sky, chin flat on the ground, and large round bottom high in the air,

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Blossoming pink and white magnolia flowers

The Healing Tree and Other Stories

At the December American Sustainable Business Network conference, I led a workshop called Transformative Experiences in Nature: A Path to a Livable Planet. My goal was to bring a deeper awareness of nature into the thinking and planning of the successful, socially-oriented business leaders in attendance. The method was the

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White German Shepherd Dog in the snow

Led Astray by a Bounding Snow Dog

An odd movement just outside the office window caught the corner of my eye. What was that? I turned to look and saw a column of steam rising as if a whistling tea kettle was coming to a boil. What could be burning outside in the snow? I stood up

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An egg starting to hatch

The Mysterious Egg

The early morning silence in the vast sagebrush field was profound. Meditative. The dense fog lent a quality of mystery. The world was still. Out of the mist came the call of a raven in the nearby woods and suddenly, the air itself was filled with a sense of life

Read More
Close up of the orange, cornucopia-shaped flower of the touch-me-not plant

Planting Seeds of Change

When I was a child growing up in upstate New York, my parents and I would take a walk around the woods surrounding the local reservoir on weekends. My mother delighted in showing me the touch-me—not, a plant with seed pods that, when ripe, await being touched and then burst

Read More
Grizzly bear laying on his stomach in the snow

Ramble the Grizzly vs. 10 Heads of Lettuce

Ramble the bear had a stomach ache, and it was a sad thing to see. There he was: lying on his stomach, front paws down along his side, bottom of his pads turned up to the sky, chin flat on the ground, and large round bottom high in the air,

Read More
Blossoming pink and white magnolia flowers

The Healing Tree and Other Stories

At the December American Sustainable Business Network conference, I led a workshop called Transformative Experiences in Nature: A Path to a Livable Planet. My goal was to bring a deeper awareness of nature into the thinking and planning of the successful, socially-oriented business leaders in attendance. The method was the

Read More
White German Shepherd Dog in the snow

Led Astray by a Bounding Snow Dog

An odd movement just outside the office window caught the corner of my eye. What was that? I turned to look and saw a column of steam rising as if a whistling tea kettle was coming to a boil. What could be burning outside in the snow? I stood up

Read More

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