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Reconnection Ecology
February 1, 2021

Reconnection Ecology: Redreaming our Relationship to Nature

Close your eyes and think back. Can you remember a moment when your life was touched or transformed by a species other than your own? Maybe it was when you were a...

Gray wolf looks into a woman's eyes

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 said the only hope was exploratory surgery to find the cause but that she was too weak to survive it. We tried anyway. She essentially died and was revived during the four-hour operation. A section of her small intestine had rotted and decayed and had to be removed. Cucumber recovering after surgery | Earthfire Institute Somehow, miraculously, she survived. Hovering on the edge of life and death we brought her...

Fish swimming in water above rocks

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, most of us would choose to build or develop with other life in mind, leaving some land for the animals. It is with that hope that I publish this article once again as we work to save another part of the same corridor. This land is home to the cutthroat trout, one of the many incredible denizens of the South Leigh Wildlife Corridor, of which Earthfire is a part. Sometime about 100,000 years ago here in our area,...

Gray and white owl on a dead tree

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, most of us would choose to build or develop with other life in mind, leaving some land for the animals. It is with that hope that I publish this article once again as we work to save another part of the same corridor. This land is home to the great gray owl, one of the many incredible denizens of the South Leigh Wildlife Corridor, of which Earthfire is a part. It is a winter evening on South Leigh Creek---a cold,...

Xhosa family in traditional dress

Note from Susan: We cannot “technology” our way out of our current crises, environmental or pandemic. We will need technology and our magnificent scientific brains, but they are part of the mindset that got us into this mess to begin with, believing we could control, fix, or take without consequences or a knowledge of the larger systems in which we live. Ideally, we will look as broadly as we can for other mindsets that work for living well on our Earth, and one place to look is to ancient indigenous wisdom. Actually, it is our own innate wisdom as well, but we have been torn from it. As you read the following beautiful and encouraging article, there are many truths you may...

Seeds in various stages of germination

This week, the coronavirus pandemic reached 5 million cases. While much is still unknown about the emergence of this disease, there is strong evidence to support the idea that it was caused by our disrespect for non-human life. But not all that has come from this experience has been bad---it has opened the doors for important conversations to be had around the globe, centering on both immediate and long-term effects of human life on the planet. As we continue to seek answers and solutions, it is our hope that these will consider the future of all life on our Earth. These are some of the stories that have been keeping us informed and filling us with hope recently: Immunologist Dr....

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