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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 www.cortonafriends.org.  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,...

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...

Orange and black butterfly

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — It takes five generations of Monarch butterflies to complete their migration and return to the place of origin---five generations! The ones that return aren’t the ones that left. How do they manage that? And how do we know that? Because of input from something wonderful called citizen science: thousands of individuals, normal people like you and I, participating in learning about and helping our Earth. Thousands of individuals spotting the butterflies and sending the information to a data center that compiles it all. This was just one bit of information and one innovative approach from a recent TEDWomen conference that I attended. The event was filled with...

The Board of Earthfire Institute is delighted to announce that long-time board member Andrew Torgove will become Board Chair effective immediately. He has graciously agreed to do so in order to support founder and current Board Chair Dr. Susan Eirich as she embarks on an extensive worldwide schedule of talks and presentations, along with the expansion of Earthfire Institute and its current programs. It is expected that Dr. Eirich will resume her role as Board Chair after a period of about one to two years, unless her schedule does not permit. The entire board and staff of Earthfire are grateful to Mr. Torgove for picking up the mantle and equally delighted that Dr. Eirich will remain the...

Black bear by thistles

This month at Earthfire is incredibly inspiring and exciting. We have thought-leaders, artists, animal communicators, and more from around the world coming to visit the animals with the goal of helping us share their voices and shift the way that people see, and therefore treat, wildlife and nature. We currently have Michael Stillwater---a musical artist, educator, and filmmaker---visiting the site. Michael’s work artistically responds to issues facing us as individuals and as a community, which has included co-creating the acclaimed audio resource Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying and an award-winning film series dedicated to releasing and celebrating the voice,...

Hand-drawn sketches of grizzly bears

Things are moving fast this summer at Earthfire. We have finally broken ground on the new cougar enclosure even as we work to raise the additional funds needed to complete it. But the building season is short here in the high northern mountains, so start, we did. Spectacular wildlife artist Anne London is coming for a 9-day residency in a few days. Zoopharmacognosy (botanical and earth essences for healing animals) pioneer Caroline Ingraham is coming next week to offer her healing to our animals as her partner films the results. We are also preparing for emmy-award winning filmmaker Michael Stillwater to come in September to work on a film about the “voices of the animals.” All of this...

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