Earthfire Stories

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White bison eating hay

Snapshots of Earthfire

Between getting ready for winter and speaking at a variety of events, we’ve been especially busy lately. But Dante Rios, our animal caretaker, has been delighting us with beautiful pictures of our animal residents. Please enjoy!  (Click to enlarge)

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Fox standing on a log

Foxes on the Run

Foxes Sprite and Ghost got to enjoy some beautiful weather while stretching their legs in one of the animal gardens. Ghost took his cues from his elder at most turns, many times with a look that seemed to say “Wait

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White chicken in a nesting box

The Softer Side of Sally the Chicken

Sally the Chicken was on the office porch as she often is, sunning herself, when something told me she wanted attention. When I bent to pet her, she tucked her body and gave me a look that said, “Well come

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Face of a young grizzly bear

An ADHD Bear and His Pineapple

I offered Teton a slice of fresh pineapple. He looked at it with disdain. Didn’t bother to even sniff it, just walked away. Stately. He is a mango and pear sort of bear. Humble Bumble, on the other hand, got

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A Confusion of the Heart

— 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

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Close up of a bison calf's face

For the Baby Bison That is No More

— 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

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Close up of bear feet

Migration Memories

There are places in Yellowstone National Park where alternating grizzly bear footsteps are worn deep into the earth, forming trails that lead to very specific sites at geothermal vents. These footsteps are almost sculpted into the ground as each bear

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Woman greets a white bison calf

The White Buffalo

We had a particularly powerful workshop last October with Rose De Dan of Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing. According to Rose and other shamans who look at life from an alternative frame, Windwalker the cougar, near the end of his

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White bison eating hay

Snapshots of Earthfire

Between getting ready for winter and speaking at a variety of events, we’ve been especially busy lately. But Dante Rios, our animal caretaker, has been delighting us with beautiful pictures of our animal residents. Please enjoy!  (Click to enlarge)

Read More
Fox standing on a log

Foxes on the Run

Foxes Sprite and Ghost got to enjoy some beautiful weather while stretching their legs in one of the animal gardens. Ghost took his cues from his elder at most turns, many times with a look that seemed to say “Wait for me!” But when he decided to go swimming, he

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White chicken in a nesting box

The Softer Side of Sally the Chicken

Sally the Chicken was on the office porch as she often is, sunning herself, when something told me she wanted attention. When I bent to pet her, she tucked her body and gave me a look that said, “Well come on, pick me up.” So I did. I was expecting

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Profile of a bison's head

Bluebell, a Displeased Bison, and Other Earthfire Stories

Foffy the Mustang, Garrett the Farrier, and Bluebell the Displeased Bison Bluebell was not pleased. It is not good when Bluebell is not pleased. She is a massive, powerful, assertive matriarch with very large horns and a bit of an attitude. The horse-shoer pulled his truck up to the paddock

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Face of a young grizzly bear

An ADHD Bear and His Pineapple

I offered Teton a slice of fresh pineapple. He looked at it with disdain. Didn’t bother to even sniff it, just walked away. Stately. He is a mango and pear sort of bear. Humble Bumble, on the other hand, got that special look in his eye as he saw his

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Face of a brown and black goat

Taking the Temperature of a Goat, and Other Earthfire Stories

Adrianna the goat wasn’t feeling well in the evening. She refused to get up. She had diarrhea. Worried, we called the vet. “Was she wormed? Was she vaccinated? Take her temperature and call us in the morning.” Easier said than done. Taking the temperature of a feisty goat regardless of

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A Confusion of the Heart

— 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

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Close up of a bison calf's face

For the Baby Bison That is No More

— 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.

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Close up of bear feet

Migration Memories

There are places in Yellowstone National Park where alternating grizzly bear footsteps are worn deep into the earth, forming trails that lead to very specific sites at geothermal vents. These footsteps are almost sculpted into the ground as each bear places its foot precisely into the tracks of its predecessor,

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Woman greets a white bison calf

The White Buffalo

We had a particularly powerful workshop last October with Rose De Dan of Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing. According to Rose and other shamans who look at life from an alternative frame, Windwalker the cougar, near the end of his days, had hung onto life to be here through the

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