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.”
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.”
BRAIDING SWEETGRASS ~ What does this marvelous book have to do with Coyote?
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.
Have you ever had an “encounter” with a Coyote?
“Encounter”…. what is it? Well, it is often defined as an “unexpected meeting.” Because people in our culture have little knowledge and experience with Coyotes [or other wildlife for that matter] persons who do unexpectedly meet coyotes most often do not understand a Coyote’s natural behavior, and most often their perspective is the result of fear.
That person misses an opportunity to fully experience the nature of this wild being…and be enriched and delighted by it.
Sharing here two valuable commentaries on Coyote behavior~
photo by Tambako
Spring and Summer is a time of birth ~
Rebirth of the wondrous array of plants and trees
Birth of farm animals under our care
Birth of wild ones like Coyotes and Cougars
Life in the wild is never easy and being a wild parent is a challenge to all their survival skills.
Sharing with you here a short film that takes us in to the secret life of a wild mother cougar and her pups. Coyotes parents, like the Cougar mother experience the whole gamut of life and death ~ the intimacy, the play and the loss. Most often we humans never see what the wild parents go through, but our actions can have a powerful effect on their lives … causing life or death. Here is just a small glimpse of their wild world.
TODAY ~ IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA, ONE HUMAN VIOLENTLY KILLED 50 OF HIS OWN SPECIES, AND INJURED MORE THAN 50 OTHERS….
And we as a species have slaughtered unimaginable numbers of our fellow non-human beings on this American continent.
Our Carnivores….Coyotes, Cougars and Wolves….. are trying to teach us something about ourselves.
They are returning to the landscape that was once their homeland…like cougars and wolves, and they are once again expanding their range…like coyotes.
Is our only answer once again….to kill them?
I encourage you to read this newly published book, Heart of A Lion by outstanding author, William Stolzenburg. The Cougar, like Coyote and Wolf, is asking us to look at ourselves in the mirror.
When our violence to them will stop…our violence to our own species will stop…not before!