Woman feeds an orphaned vole with a syringe

A Vole, A Bear, and a Berry Pie

The Vole It’s true that we serve bears, wolves, and other large, dramatic animals that capture our imagination. But from an ethical perspective, Life is owed a deep...

White dog with black spots and black markings on his face

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 and collarless. I whistled, yelled, and shrieked to no avail. Hikers passed by, promising to search for him as they went on their way. For no apparent reason, I got into my old pickup truck and drove down a dirt road, rounded a sharp corner, and pulled up at a dead end. Who was bouncing up and down, yipping happily? Abe. After pouring a cup of coffee and wondering why I would have such a crisp, realistic dream---except for the part about Abe not...

Girl watches a video presentation on a laptop outside near a pond

How can we turn a distanced appreciation of nature into a meaningful, life-changing relationship with all of Life? Susan’s virtual Cortona Pearl presentation Reawakening our Bond with our Wild Earth explored this topic, inviting shared experiences in real-time from participants. We’ve shared a snippet of the event below. For more information about Cortona Pearls, visit  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 online format in response to the COVID pandemic,...

Fox kits sleeping together in a metal culvert

Five orphaned fox kits arrived in April for recovery and rehabilitation, their mother killed by a dog. When discovered, they were hungry and dehydrated. They’re now thriving and rambunctious in their covered enclosure with an outdoor play area. We’ve placed logs, large stones, sandboxes and wide-mouth tubes in their garden. When they show the ability to forage and hunt adequately, they’ll be released back into the forest from whence they came, sometime in early August.

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

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 around! Without bugs, we are lost. And they are incredible! Have you ever seen the film Microcosmos? Well now you must---it will be a staff enrichment session. And they aren’t ‘bugs,’ they are insects---proper respect, please! No demeaning through language---we do that with too many life forms, including humans, and the result is the same, so---insect, please.” (Even worse: because it was...

Close up of a blue dragonfly

- By Rose De Dan - As summer approaches it occurred to me that it would be timely to speak of our connection with our smaller brethren that we share this world with---kin that our society has great difficulty in thinking positively about, namely, insects, spiders, and all the other creepy crawlies. We always seem to be at war with them. As children we are taught to fear and despise them. According to our society they don’t have thoughts or feel pain---they are completely alien in nature to us. Yet, they dominate the earth, and many have existed on this planet for far longer than any other living beings besides ocean inhabitants and plants. Such are the dragonflies---pure miracles of...

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