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.
White dog with black spots and black markings on his face

Just a Dream?

Odd things happen to all of us at some time or another. A few weeks ago, I woke up after a vivid dream about my dog, Abe. I was at the trailhead of a popular local path into the foothills, calling out for Abe, who had run off both leashless

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Woman looks into the eyes of a coyote

Learning to Explore and Trust Ourselves

In many ways, we are creatures of habit. We are also shaped by cultural influences, the family, the times we are born into, and social pressures as to what is “normal.” Without realizing it, our brains are shaped by the pressures and examples we grow up with. And unless we

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Macro shot of a green insect with large brown eyes and antennae

It’s Not Just a Bug!

The other day we watched footage from our trail cam on our wildlife corridor. Something flitted briefly across the screen as we looked for mammals, and someone said, “Oh, it’s just a bug…” “Just a bug?” I exclaimed. “What do you mean, ‘just a bug’? They make the world go

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Young buddhist monk in orange robes petting an elephant

Species Loneliness

Many of us have a deep longing for something more in life, a yearning, a sense of loneliness. What if we are longing for something we innately have: a deep, visceral connection to the wild—to animals, nature, and the community of Life? Wild animals are lonely for us. We are

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Hummingbird perched on a person's finger

A Tale of Two Birds

I heard two incredible bird rescue stories recently. The essence of the stories is the same, although the people were very different temperaments and came from very different walks of life. It made me think… The first came from Mariabruna Sirabella, who leads spiritual and nature retreats. She focuses on

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Gray wolf looks into a woman's eyes

Transformation and Connection

Cucumber was a small, aloof wolf. For years she went about her business working to become the alpha female in her pack. She wanted little to do with humans. One December she became critically ill. She had a raging infection and her organs were close to shutting down. The vet

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White chicken stands in a doorway with a sign that says "No Chickens Allowed in Office" tacked to the door

Sally the Hen is a Very Demanding Chicken

Sally the hen gave an outraged squawk. I had nearly stepped on the tip of her right toe. But really, she parked herself, all spread out in the early morning sun, directly in the office doorway—and I did do my best to avoid her as I carefully stepped over her

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Fish swimming in water above rocks

A Great Fish, A Native Fish

Some 20 years ago, I wrote this article while trying to save part of a wildlife corridor in danger of being lost to development. I didn’t succeed, but hope springs eternal. I believe that once we know the damage we can wreak by taking essential habitat away from wild animals,

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Gray and white owl on a dead tree

An Incredible Bird

Some 20 years ago, I wrote this article while trying to save part of a wildlife corridor in danger of being lost to development. I didn’t succeed, but hope springs eternal. I believe that once we know the damage we can wreak by taking essential habitat away from wild animals,

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Squirrel

The Squirrel at the Door

I first encountered Skeeter two summers ago, when my husband and I first moved into this apartment. The apartment didn’t have a screen on the back door, but I liked to keep the sliding door open for air when the weather was nice. One day, I heard what I thought

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White dog with black spots and black markings on his face

Just a Dream?

Odd things happen to all of us at some time or another. A few weeks ago, I woke up after a vivid dream about my dog, Abe. I was at the trailhead of a popular local path into the foothills, calling out for Abe, who had run off both leashless

Read More
Woman looks into the eyes of a coyote

Learning to Explore and Trust Ourselves

In many ways, we are creatures of habit. We are also shaped by cultural influences, the family, the times we are born into, and social pressures as to what is “normal.” Without realizing it, our brains are shaped by the pressures and examples we grow up with. And unless we

Read More
Macro shot of a green insect with large brown eyes and antennae

It’s Not Just a Bug!

The other day we watched footage from our trail cam on our wildlife corridor. Something flitted briefly across the screen as we looked for mammals, and someone said, “Oh, it’s just a bug…” “Just a bug?” I exclaimed. “What do you mean, ‘just a bug’? They make the world go

Read More
Young buddhist monk in orange robes petting an elephant

Species Loneliness

Many of us have a deep longing for something more in life, a yearning, a sense of loneliness. What if we are longing for something we innately have: a deep, visceral connection to the wild—to animals, nature, and the community of Life? Wild animals are lonely for us. We are

Read More
Hummingbird perched on a person's finger

A Tale of Two Birds

I heard two incredible bird rescue stories recently. The essence of the stories is the same, although the people were very different temperaments and came from very different walks of life. It made me think… The first came from Mariabruna Sirabella, who leads spiritual and nature retreats. She focuses on

Read More
Gray wolf looks into a woman's eyes

Transformation and Connection

Cucumber was a small, aloof wolf. For years she went about her business working to become the alpha female in her pack. She wanted little to do with humans. One December she became critically ill. She had a raging infection and her organs were close to shutting down. The vet

Read More
White chicken stands in a doorway with a sign that says "No Chickens Allowed in Office" tacked to the door

Sally the Hen is a Very Demanding Chicken

Sally the hen gave an outraged squawk. I had nearly stepped on the tip of her right toe. But really, she parked herself, all spread out in the early morning sun, directly in the office doorway—and I did do my best to avoid her as I carefully stepped over her

Read More
Fish swimming in water above rocks

A Great Fish, A Native Fish

Some 20 years ago, I wrote this article while trying to save part of a wildlife corridor in danger of being lost to development. I didn’t succeed, but hope springs eternal. I believe that once we know the damage we can wreak by taking essential habitat away from wild animals,

Read More
Gray and white owl on a dead tree

An Incredible Bird

Some 20 years ago, I wrote this article while trying to save part of a wildlife corridor in danger of being lost to development. I didn’t succeed, but hope springs eternal. I believe that once we know the damage we can wreak by taking essential habitat away from wild animals,

Read More
Squirrel

The Squirrel at the Door

I first encountered Skeeter two summers ago, when my husband and I first moved into this apartment. The apartment didn’t have a screen on the back door, but I liked to keep the sliding door open for air when the weather was nice. One day, I heard what I thought

Read More

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