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Orphaned baby squirrel eating from an eye dropper

A Trouble-Making Trio

The orphaned squirrel triplets brought to our wildlife rehabilitation center are growing quickly—and getting themselves into trouble.

Mid March The towels in the shoe box gave a suspicious lurch. There is Life in there! Every day, they change. Ears a little perkier. Tails up across their backs....

Seeds in various stages of germination

Seeds are tiny, magical packets of latent energy and potential, ready to burst forth when conditions are right. They contain the very essence of Life itself: ancient wisdoms and future hopes, exquisitely designed to adapt and evolve as needs arise. Part of Earthfire’s mission is to be a seed center. Here we gather selections of what we would like to see to germinate, take root, and unfurl into the light; stories that educate, inspire, inform and embrace hope and action. We invite you to partake, swap and share them. May they all bear fruit. Almond milk may look like a good alternative to cow's milk, but it comes at a high cost to our already struggling bee populations. Climate...

Fountain Pen on spiral notebook with baby's breath flowers

— By Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — I have to admit that I love pens. I collect them, use them, somehow find ten in my pocketbook and upon finding none on my desk, order more, and still walk off absentmindedly with other’s pens. I would be embarrassed to open my desk drawer to you. And of course, other’s pens always look better; more enticing. I want that one… (This is the same impulse our wolves have with bones---the other’s is always juicier.) Pens make me feel safe. I always have something to write with when I have a thought or need to write a reminder. I go directly to the pen aisle in a stationary store as others might go to the candy section. It’s rare that I find a satisfactory...

Woman and two small children next to a creek

— By Ann Loyola — The trail to the pebbly beach was a short distance, maybe 400 yards at most. It was a skinny dirt path weaving flatly through pines and aspens, perceived by serious hikers as an uneventful start to greater adventures that awaited miles and miles into the mountains. Cole was four and Hanna was almost three, and it wasn’t unusual for the three of us---mom and kids---to spend time in the woods. But it was the first time we each donned backpacks and planned a destination hike for a creekside picnic. Twenty feet into the start, we had already stopped several times. Cole: “Mom, what’s that?” “Water skeeters.” Cole: “How do they stay on top of the...

Seeds in various stages of germination

Seeds are tiny, magical packets of latent energy and potential, ready to burst forth when conditions are right. They contain the very essence of Life itself: ancient wisdoms and future hopes, exquisitely designed to adapt and evolve as needs arise. Part of Earthfire’s mission is to be a seed center. Here we gather selections of what we would like to see to germinate, take root, and unfurl into the light; stories that educate, inspire, inform and embrace hope and action. We invite you to partake, swap and share them. May they all bear fruit. A new study has determined that squirrels listen to songbirds to know when they're safe from predators. We know that "voting with our wallets"...

Woman holding a black and white fox

— By Dawn Harrison — In a recent team meeting, we talked about the connections that each of us have with the animals. It struck me just how similar humans and animals are when it comes to making friends and connections, and that those connections don’t need to be textbook definitions. As each of us talked about the different animals who seemed to most enjoy our company, I had to think of how the personalities of humans and animals came out. In some ways, it took me back to high school. Loki the fox is like the kid who everyone knows, everyone likes, and who is kind to everyone. Always willing to stop and chat. Truly enjoying every interaction, whether it be with underclassmen,...

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