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...

Twenty-four inspiring experts in the Animal Wisdom world will discuss the wisdom of our pets, the wisdom of wild animals, growing spiritually with animal wisdom, sacred activism, and much more at the 2019 Animal Wisdom World Summit. Earthfire’s Dr. Susan Eirich will be speaking on “Bridging Science and Spiritual Understandings of Animals.” Her interview will be posted at 11:00am PT on Monday, August 26th. Other presenters include: Dr. Steven Farmer Andrew Harvey Dr. Marc Bekoff Linda Tucker Dr. Linda Bender, and many more! Hosted by Dr. Cara Gubbins, the 4-day Animal Wisdom World Summit is a FREE online conference held August 26-29. Interviews will be broadcast over...

Sunrise in a valley with a creek flowing through it

A 3-day gathering of leaders, luminaries, and change-makers from across the globe will come together at the 5th annual Sun Valley Forum, put on by the Sun Valley Institute on July 23-26, 2019. “Accelerating environmental harm is a threat multiplier to our economically interdependent world and calls for urgent, proactive leadership to build resilience,” reads the website. The forum will bring together leaders from a variety of backgrounds to create new “cross-sector collaborations, mobilize capital towards promising ideas, and inspire uncommon thinking.” Our Earth needs a new way forward from the increasing environment-related risks and changes associated with its life support...

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