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.”
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.