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Reconnection Ecology
March 24, 2021

Species Loneliness: A Sign of Our Times

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...

Hummingbird perched on a person's finger

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 helping people experience our interconnection with all of creation and tuning to our collective wisdom. In that context, the following story is not so surprising. “I was holding a retreat on a farm in central California. We were down in the field doing work, and one of the participants had to go to the bathroom, which was up in the main room of the farm. All of a sudden, I heard...

Medieval town on a hillside at sunset

Susan has been invited to speak at the prestigious international Cortona Pearls 2021. Her presentation Reawakening our Bond with Our Wild Earth will occur live on Saturday, April 24th. Register for free at You will receive the zoom link shortly before the event. The Pearl will be streamed on Cortona Friends' Facebook Page and YouTube channel, but we strongly encourage you to participate via Zoom for a more interactive experience. Founded 30 years ago by renowned scientist Dr. Pier Luigi Luisi, the ultimate aim of Cortona Week is to forge and catalyze a new class of world leaders and to reinforce ethics and human dignity. It has been recreated in a new months-long...

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...

Close up of a bison's eye

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 child, and you developed an unbreakable bond with a dog or cat—one that can only be described as love. Maybe it was when you were walking in the woods and suddenly came face to face with a beautiful doe and your eyes met and held for just a few heartbeats before she jumped gracefully away. Many of us have had these moments. And while they might have been brief, they alter us in powerful ways, reminding us that we are not alone. We are nested in an ever-widening web of connections—not just with our families, friends, and...

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,...

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