Porcupine napping on a log

— by Dawn Harrison — Moving days are stressful enough, but imagine if you were moved and no one told you what was happening. That would quickly turn a stressful day into a scary day. For Piney the Porcupine, moving day was a little scary. He had to wait in an unknown area with the sounds of construction going on around him. Luckily, it was a short-lived experience and he wasn’t actually getting relocated---he was getting an upgrade. Even then, I wanted to make sure he knew what was going on, so I did something that usually works for calming down kids and dogs: I sat and told him a story: Once upon a time, there was a handsome porcupine named Piney. One morning, Piney woke up to find...

Andes mountains covered in trees and low clouds

Chelsea Carson is the Director of Outreach at Earthfire Institute, working to increase our local and global reach through environmental education, programming, and conservation. She has been working remotely for Earthfire while traveling through Central and South America, finding parallels to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the wild residents at Earthfire. While we usually focus on the Tetons and experiences on site at the sanctuary, it is important to make global connections between ecosystems and creatures near and far, to feel how intricately woven our lives are to one another and to share the messages of the animals across distances. For the past two months, I have been visiting...

A rehabilitated grosbeak sitting in a tree after release

— by Dawn Harrison — Last week, we received a call about an injured bird in the valley. After being taken to the vet and receiving some medical attention, he came to us for rehabilitation. While resting and healing, he was visited by the local sparrows, who never left him without company. The Grosbeak prior to release | Photo by Dawn Harrison Deciding when a bird is well enough to fly is a bit tricky, but when he gives you a look that clearly says, “Let me out!” after flying around his cage—thus showing he’s ready to take to the skies—you may just make the same call I did and decide he is ready to be on his way. The bird specialist at the local vet informed us that...

Pronghorn and Bison in Grand Teton National Park

Earthfire Institute presents at Jackson Hole Wildlife Symposium Susan Eirich, founder and Executive Director of Earthfire Institute, and Chelsea Carson, Earthfire’s Community Coordinator and graduate research intern, presented papers at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Symposium this March. The conference was a gathering of conservation professionals and passionate individuals interested in improving options for human-wildlife coexistence within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Both Susan and Chelsea used this space to include the voices of the animals within conservation decision making. Susan spoke on “The Compassionate Conservation Movement: How might this change conservation...

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