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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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 lives. It is far more than any spatial adventure, the supreme epitome of reaching out.”