Coyote and The Mortal Sea

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Blog, Returning to our Place in Nature | Comments Off on Coyote and The Mortal Sea

WHAT DOES A TERRESTRIAL CARNIVORE HAVE IN COMMON WITH THE ATLANTIC OCEAN?

In his marvelous book The Mortal Sea W. Jeffrey Bolster takes the reader on a historical journey. With detailed references from historical writings he relates how Europeans overfished their waters, and then sought new fishing grounds in the western Atlantic Ocean…….the coastal waters of North America.

Once here they overfished the rich newly found abundant life. As time went on the fishermen began to understand that the abundant life would soon end if man did not restrain himself. Even without understanding the complexity of life in the sea, they still observed that their overfishing was having a serious negative affect on the ecology of the sea.

But public officials did not listen to their concerns, no laws protected the life in the sea, and TODAY WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE LEGACY OF A ONCE RICH AND WONDROUS LIFE…NOW IMPOVERISHED.

Any number of times in his book, the author makes comment about the complete lack of understanding of the complexity of life in the sea  …..by those who came before us.

This is also true for our terrestrial life…and our carnivores. Even though we know so much more than we did 50 years ago, there is still  so much regarding the complexity of their lives and their value that we do not know or understand. So why do we as a society allow the intense persecution of Coyote…..who centuries from now may be the only carnivore fit to live in our human dominated world?

WE NEED TO LEARN FROM THE PAST ~ TO TREAD LIGHTLY UPON THE EARTH AND HER CREATURES. 

What will we pass down to those who come after us? ……..

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Urban Coyote Initiative

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017 in Blog, Community Members in Action | Comments Off on Urban Coyote Initiative

photo by Shreve Stockton

“If there is a single species on this planet who will test our own mettle as humans, who pushes us to understand instead of judge, to study instead of kill, to coexist instead of dominate, to become more thoughtful and less fearful, it is the coyote. I appreciate any animal with the audacity to thrive in the face of human persecution, and through that very persistence give us opportunity after opportunity to improve ourselves as people and as neighbors.”                                                       

Jaymi Heimbuch  Initiative Director, Contributing Photographer of  www.urbancoyoteinitiative.com

There is NO GREATER POWER than one’s own desire to contribute beauty, compassion and respect for all life on our planet Earth. I invite you yo visit this marvelous website created by photojournalists as their contribution on Coyote’s behalf.

 

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The Hidden Life of Trees ~ Hidden Life of Coyote

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Blog, Creating Life Enriching Relationships | Comments Off on The Hidden Life of Trees ~ Hidden Life of Coyote

We humans are like the new kids on the block ~

We are slowly……very slowly learning about the amazing beings with whom we share our planet. In his marvelous book The Secret Life of Trees Peter Wohlleben share his deep insights and experiences with the forest. He is a scientist and a forester who has spent much time in the forest. And he comes out of that forest speaking not only of factual ideas but most importantly of respect and awe and one of kindred spirit. When we see all of life as he has seen the trees, we begin to act very differently toward other life.

His last words in his book read: “Only people who understand trees are capable of protecting them.”

And Coyote …the Hidden Life of Coyote….

Only when we understand them are we capable of protecting them.

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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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