Coyote ~ A New Year’s Insight

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Blog, Creating Life Enriching Relationships | Comments Off on Coyote ~ A New Year’s Insight

graymatter2013-2                        MAY THIS NEW YEAR

bring our humanity New Insights into the world of our fellow travelers on this planet Earth….

Sharing here with you the words of esteemed ecologist George Schaller, writing of his experiences while researching Mountain Gorillas.

THE SAME HOLDS FOR COYOTES ~

Only by looking at gorillas [coyotes] as living, feeling beings was I able to enter into the life of the group with comprehension, instead of remaining an ignorant spectator.”

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Importance of Habitat in Predator Prey Relations

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Blog, Coyote and Ecosystem Health | Comments Off on Importance of Habitat in Predator Prey Relations

shreve-stockton  photo by Shreve Stockton

                                                           HABITAT – HABITAT – HABITAT

There is ever increasing research pointing out that habitat can greatly affect the relationship between predators and their prey. When we change the landscape by logging  or development or building roads….and so many other ways, the relationship of our wild species can be affected, and many times, very seriously. Below is an article about pheasant hunting…hunters are seeing for themselves that protecting habitat, not killing carnivores, is the best way to support the presence of the species they wish to hunt.

https://www.pheasantsforever.org/Habitat/Why-Habitat/Pheasant-Facts/Effects-of-Predators.aspx

 

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The Voice of the Coyote

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016 in "Writings" from the Community, Blog | Comments Off on The Voice of the Coyote

photo by Dave Conlin

photo by Dave Conlin

All of the ecological, biological, and other logical studies that public bureaus and private enterprise may forward, still will not bring “those authentic tidings of invisible things” that the lifted voice of the coyote brings in early evening while lighening bugs soften the darkness under the trees, or the voice of some other belonger to the rhythms of the earth brings in a simple tale of brother coyote.”  The Voice of the Coyote  by Frank Dobie

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Coyote and our Children

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016 in Blog, Creating Life Enriching Relationships | Comments Off on Coyote and our Children

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This little girl’s name is Willow, and you see her right after she had the opportunity to enjoy our Coyote and the Boy Ben puppet show. The story of a mother Coyote, her pup and the boy Ben is accompanied by the magical, original music of Maine musician, Elizabeth Starr. and the characters created by Maine artists Melissa Glendinning.

Willow is embracing the marionette of the mother Coyote [note the strings holding her up], but she knows she is not embracing a real Coyote. What she is embracing ~ is her new found connection with a wild being.

I think Loren Eisely in his book The Immense Journey expresses fully what this child is experiencing:
It finally comes to me that this is the most enormous extension of vision of which life is capable ~ the projection of self into other livesIt is far more than any spatial adventure, the supreme epitome of reaching out.”

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Coyote in the City

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in "Writings" from the Community, Blog | Comments Off on Coyote in the City

 

photo by George Gove

photo by George Gove

I am Coyote in the City

Tryin to adapt, to survive

I am a fish out of the water

Tryin to breathe, and to thrive.

 

And you think

I don’t belong in your world

But I’m your sister, your brother

Hunted down by your guards

Armed with guns, with sedation

That will close my golden eyes

 

You try to silence my howling

My prowling,

My seeking,

My gasping

Until I finally curl

Into a ball

And I die

(Refrain)

But the echo will remain

Hear my voice from the mountain

Hear my cry from the plain

And it echoes from the canyons

 

In the rivers,

In the rain

 

And you think

I don’t belong in your world

But I’ll stay just the same

I will breathe

I‘ll survive

I will sing

I will thrive

Be your sister

Your brother

Love you like no other

You won’t silence my howling

My prowling,

My seeking,

My gasping

The echo of my voice

Will remain

 

(Refrain)

And the echo will remain

Hear my voice from the mountain

Hear my cry from the plain

And it echoes from the canyons

In the rivers,

In the rain

3/26/2010 © Ginny Freeman

Copying permission to Geri Vistein


 

 

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Coyote & Braiding Sweetgrass

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Blog, Creating Life Enriching Relationships | Comments Off on Coyote & Braiding Sweetgrass

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BRAIDING SWEETGRASS ~ What does this marvelous book have to do with Coyote?
EVERYTHING!
Robin Wall Kimmerer is a Native American. She is a scientist ~ a botanist. And in this deeply moving book she takes us to a place of belonging … a belonging to the rest of creation. And that belonging takes us to a place of deep respect for all of creation… and a reciprocal responsibility to all of creation. This belonging, this respect guides our perspectives and our behaviors.

She speaks of species loneliness …. “this state of isolation and disconnection, stemmed from estrangement from the rest of creation, from the loss of relationship.” In our society we suffer deeply from species loneliness ….and we don’t even understand this within us.

 Coyote ~ Our Native Wild Dog is the litmus stick …..how we treat them, how we relate to them, is a guide to let us understand our disconnection and estrangement from the wondrous life on our planet.

Coyote will also let us know when we have shed that loneliness….for there are those who already have.

 

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