December Transitions

Winter Solstice We’ve anticipated Winter Solstice 2012 ever since the Harmonic Convergence in 1987. That astronomical conjunction was heralded as the start of a twenty-six year transition period leading up to the end of the Mayan calendar on 12/21/12 – our upcoming Winter Solstice. Discussion about that date has ranged from doomsday […]

Colored Leaves

Red, orange, gold, yellow, green with splotches of autumn colors. Leaves loosen their grip and dance through the air to kiss the ground. As green buds, these leaves signaled the growth season, new beginnings. Now they tell us to slow down, prepare for rest. Colored leaves carpet the ground, a crunchy layer […]

Give Wildlife a “Brake,” and six more ways to lower your risk of hitting an animal*

October through December is mating season for deer, and they may throw caution to the wind while chasing after (or running away from) a potential mate. Animals are forced to cross roads and highways in search of food, water, cover, and mates—placing them squarely in the path of our speeding vehicles. [Days are […]

Halloween Safety Tips for Pets*

Halloween is a fun time for kids and many adults, but can be a frightening and stressful time for your pets. As a pet owner, you know your pet best, but here are some points to consider for your pet’s safety. Continual doorbell ringing and people at the door (in costume, no […]

El Dia de los Muertos

Beyond the veil that separates worlds, the cycle of life continues unseen. We call it Death. Nature’s version is more visible. Colored leaves fall and days shorten, heralding the resting time for plants and animals. We enter the “dark half” of the year on the cross-quarter passage of October 31/November 1, halfway […]

A Walk in Nature

We walk in nature all the time. Or do we? A recent experience showed me just how different that encounter is when I – as the birds are always telling me – pay attention! You can try it, too. This exercise, credited to Ted Andrews, was part of a week-long intensive immersion […]

Contemplating the Box

The cardboard packing box, carefully labeled with permanent marker long since faded, has resided in the back of a closet for more years than I care to count. The sealing tape falls off with a light touch, its sticking power faded like the marker. Solomon Eagle’s message last month about “lightening the […]

Grief and Letting Go #1: When Resident Animals Die

Boris the Great Horned Owl, Penelope the Skunk, Puddles the Call Duck, Ozzie the Opossum, Rocky the Burrowing Owl. All permanent Sulphur Creek residents, all ambassadors in our education programs, and all loved and cared for by staff and volunteers. All left their footprints on our hearts before they died. Their empty […]

An Eagle’s Wisdom

“I don’t know why they named me that,” Solomon the Golden Eagle responded to my greeting. “I’m just an eagle. A pretty magnificent one, at that.” He is a handsome bird. His feathers in shades of dark to light brown glinted golden in the sunlight as he shifted his weight from one […]

Caring and Letting Go

The gray and blue scrub jay’s feathers fluffed around it, holding in body heat even on the warm summer afternoon. It huddled inside itself. Something was wrong. “How are you, scrub jay?” I asked. “I’m dying,” he answered. That was all. No elaborate explanation, no details or trepidation, just the simple statement. […]

"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." - George Eliot
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Gandhi
"There is little that separates humans from other sentient beings – we all feel pain, we all feel joy, we all deeply crave to be alive and live freely, and we all share this planet together." - attributed to Gandhi
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