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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...

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Our new website just launched this October. It keeps all the content you enjoy, such as the Animal Stories, but includes important new features designed to empower all of us to heal our connection with nature. The foundations of change are education and emotional connection, and the new website uses both of these to move us towards finding a new way of living on our Earth. Thus we’ve expanded our blog to include more writers and perspectives, and continue with our heart-centered Animal Stories, Pictures and Videos. A newly added comment thread throughout the site invites you to join the conversation and share your insights. To comment please sign into Disqus. This ensures we are...

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-- by Susan B. Eirich, Ph.D. -- The good news: there is a profound worldwide paradigm shift in understanding how nature works. We humans are beginning to realize the living world is profoundly interconnected, and therefore, our actions have far-ranging consequences. This awareness is a very beautiful and useful thing. The less-good news: we are in a race against time and need to change our values and actions to match this new realization, rapidly. With the help of the wild animals here and elsewhere, we at Earthfire aim to accelerate this shift. Living in a technologically interconnected age gives us the opportunity to do this world-wide by creating an online platform to discuss what we...

-- by Deb Matlock M.A. -- Recently in Yellowstone National Park, a couple of visitors from out of the country saw a baby bison laying by the side of the road. Fearing the baby was cold, they placed the baby in the back of their car and drove to a ranger station seeking help for the young one. Locals and those familiar with the etiquette of living with bison know these individuals made a very dangerous decision for everyone involved. However, this situation speaks to the deeper need to understand the world around us so that our heart can make informed decisions when we feel compelled to act. The tragically unfortunate ending to this story is that the baby bison ultimately had to be...

Close up of a bison calf's face

-- by Susan B. Eirich, Ph.D. -- There was a national sadness at the euthanizing of a baby bison in Yellowstone last May. It was taken away from its herd by well-meaning but ill-informed tourists, and the rangers made the decision to kill it when it couldn’t be introduced back. It was causing difficulties running up to cars looking for help. We all become a bit traumatized by news like this. There have been radically different responses to this highly emotional event. An environmental educator wrote in response to what she perceived as cruel attacks on the tourists through social media. She talks about the basically loving, concerned impulse of the tourists, however misguided, and how it...

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— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — One day some time ago, one of our fine supporters, Judith Austin, called us. Could she bring a friend over to visit the animals? He was a very special childhood friend who loved animals. Judith had been good to us over the years, so of course we said yes. She arrived on the property with this massive man who had been a famous---and famously aggressive---NFL football player named “Adam.”* A little taken aback, we took him around to meet the animals. He stood silently overlooking the Wildlife Garden as he watched the wolves play; met Bluebell the Bison and the bears. Our first assumption was that he would be attracted to the large, powerful animals. Then...

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