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Reconnection Ecology
July 1, 2021

Opening a Portal Between Two Species: A Powerful Story

Often a deep shift in consciousness occurs when we share with each other the profound, inexplicable experiences we've had with wildlife. It is vitally important that...

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...

Heather Holcomb

Heather wears many hats at Earthfire, helping in both office administration and managing the day-to-day care of Earthfire’s 31 resident sanctuary animals, from wolves to bison to a porcupine named Teddy. How did you come to rehab work? Do you have a history of working with animals? My background is in food and beverage management and I’ve spent 20 years in the hospitality industry here in Idaho and Wyoming. My husband and I moved to New Mexico to help my father-in-law run his video production company, where I had a chance to work with Wild Spirit, a wolf sanctuary outside Albuquerque, producing six episodes for a show on Fido TV. Spending so much time out there, I fell in love with...

Young buddhist monk in orange robes petting an elephant

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 lonely for them. We have become disconnected from each other. Imagine what would happen if we expanded our sense of community to include all living beings in our consideration and planning? If we fell in love with the nonhuman life around us? What would the state of our environment be then? Falling in love begins first with intimate contact. When we truly know and love an individual, we are moved to protect and...

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...

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