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Why so much Sarcoptic Mange in our Carnivores?

Coyote Pup in Southern Maine with Mange Why does this small Coyote pup look like this? Where is her beautiful coat? This young coyote pup is suffering from a painful affliction that often causes them to endure a slow and painful death.  It is mange. What causes this affliction?    RODENT POISONS And this is just…

An Encounter with Coyote

Photo by: Janet Kessler   That Moment in Time   That moment in time when I saw you and you saw me, stands tall within me and feels like a monument to your world and mine, the intersection. That moment in time when I saw you and you saw me, vibrates in me, whirls me,…

Oh Coyote ~ Your Bond with our Native Plants!

Photo by: Andy Marks How many of you have awoken to the night time serenade of wild song? And why the song, and who is singing it? And where is the songster? Or how many of you have experienced one moment of that Coyote stare when the two of you met by chance …Coyote then…

Yes! Keystone Carnivores Control Disease

Keystone Carnivore Photo by: Shreve Stockton Human Health is inextricably tied to the health of animals and the environment. And today we are seeing serious outbreaks of disease that are truly becoming epidemics. So here in Maine we are seeing the latest outbreak of rabies in our foxes, and then there is the ongoing epidemic…

Negotiating Relationships with Carnivores

Coyote CHOOSES to play with dog toysPhoto by: Janet Kessler I increasingly come across research on large and powerful carnivores regarding how we humans perceive them, and as a result, how we relate with them. Research is showing that the way people often relate to powerful carnivores is informed by their culture and their knowledge…

Coyote and Every Scrap of Biodiversity

“Biodiversity is the totality of all inherited variation in the life forms of Earth, of which we are one species. Thus we should preserve every SCRAP OF BIODIVERSITY as priceless while we LEARN to use it and come to understand what it means We study and save it to our great benefit…. We ignore and…

The Biology of Belief

How do we perceive the lives of the Others who share our planet with us? In his enlightening book, The Biology of Belief, author and scientist, Bruce Lipton, writes that we as humans only see what our perception filters allow us to see in the world beyond ourselves. And our perceptions and their filters form…

Misunderstood Coyote Behaviors

Our species views the behaviors of Coyotes from our human perspective…. a perspective that often cannot fathom how Coyotes see us and their world. Three behaviors especially are perceived as aggressive, but this interpretation is the farthest from the truth ~ Following: This behavior is more about their intelligence, which makes them CURIOUS about anyone…

What is Biodiversity? Can you make it happen where you live?

The best way to understand what that word biodiversity means….is to create it right where you live…..where you can see it happening…as you step outside! This is how ~ Create habitat…..a place where herbivores can thrive. And where herbivores thrive….so do their predators. Where caterpillars (herbivores) have abundant native plants, the birds (predators) have plenty…

Sharing the Land and the Sea: Coyotes and Great White Sharks

IT IS OUR TIME NOW….it is our time now to recreate our relationships with the sentient lives with whom we share our planet Earth.  As our carnivores are recovering or expanding their range, our generation has the exciting opportunity to find ways of sharing the land and the sea with them. I’m wanting to share…

Is not Abundance One of Earth’s Gifts?

A sure sign of Spring is the return of our American robins and their melodious song.  They are considered common, and oftentimes do not excite a word of wonder. But despite this oftentimes human perspective, they are amazing survivors of the past centuries of abuse and have regained their abundance as they are meant to…

The Tale of Three Dogs

Over and Over and Over again I read:  There are SO many Coyotes… they are not endangered… they are survivors….no need to be concerned about them. RIGHT….?  NO…..not so right! The following excellent article speaks to this. What kinds of lives do Coyotes live when we as humans are continually persecuting them…year round …in every…

Talking Coyote!

WHO ARE YOU COYOTE? Come join us on the Chris Wolf Show in Rockland, Maine as we share with the community all about Coyote http://www.mainecoast.tv/2018/11/27/cws-2018-11-05-geri-vistein-coyotes-watch-now/

Urban Coyotes and what They Teach us

photo by Christine Hanrahan “Coyotes let us know that the mental boundaries we keep—between the human and the wild— are more porous than we may have ever imagined. In the midst of our attempts to control the landscape, to put humans here and nature there, coyotes express an alternative set of ideas about boundaries. If…

Coyote Center ~ Touching the Profound

“When the mind gives a living being a NAME, the mind thinks it knows what it is. But really it is just an attachment of a concept to a being who is PROFOUND.”  Eckart Tolle Our future Coyote Center for Carnivore Ecology and Coexistence will aim to take our people to whole new levels of…

Cod ~ Top Predator Fish

  OH … WOW … THIS ISN’T A COYOTE! NO … IT IS A COD!  And it is an important predator fish of our ocean. Our earth has evolved to include predators in all the diverse spaces of our planet: the land, the sea the sky! They all play the important role of sustaining biodiversity…

The Egosphere and Carnivores

“Man’s respect and awe of predators turned to hatred when man’s lifestyle changed from tribal hunters – when he ceased to be a kindred spirit living by his wits as a hunter. And instead, took the land himself. He took the land without forethought once he began his agrarian mode of life, his domesticated plants…

Our Children and Coyote

OUR CHILDREN IN MAINE CREATED THIS MURAL After learning about Coyotes as the keystone carnivore …and coming to understand that all things are connected,  the children from kindergarten to grade 8 created this most meaningful mural.  Take a few moments to drink it in…. WOW!  

Coyote in your Neighborhood

  HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS AMAZING WILD DOG WHO LIVES AMONG US?   The following is a great article about your wild neighbor. The more you learn about them, the more you want them to be in your neighborhood. https://tpwmagazine.com/archive/2018/mar/ed_2_coyote/index.phtml

Coyotes Play ~ What does that say about them?

COYOTES PLAY! Coyotes play just like our own dogs play. They like to have fun too. They delight in the joys of life too, just as we delight in the joys of life. WOW!  We share this planet with such a wild being. Sharing a link about just such play: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/coyote-stealing-newspapers-so-heres-what-delivery-man-did

Coyote Center for Carnivore Ecology and Coexistence

ANNOUNCING THE COMING OF OUR FUTURE COYOTE CENTER! Our communities have shared with me the need for a PLACE  where we can come together to experience, to share, to learn, to research carnivores and our relationship to them. IT IS TIME! FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK:  Coyote Center for Carnivore Ecology and Coexistence

Coyotes ~ Do we know what we are allowing?

“What is important is to remember that in killing these thousands of animals without being very sure of what we are accomplishing, we are playing around with lives, which involves questions of ethics. And we certainly are playing around with complex ecological systems with very little understanding of the rules of the game, knowledge of…

Urban Coyote Research

OUR SCIENCE IS DISCOVERING HOW AMAZING OUR NATIVE CANINE IS! Our Native Peoples who lived with Coyote already knew all this…. Dr. Stan Gehrt, who has been researching the Coyotes who live in Chicago, shares what he has found in the link below. Know that Coyotes are Coyotes whether they live in or out of…

Coyote Mousing ~ Lyme Disease

HIDDEN IN OUR FORESTS AND FARMS, COYOTES ARE PERFORMING THEIR CLASSIC CANINE LEAP It is a delight to observe their physical agility, the shifting of their ears back and forth….listening, listening to sounds we can never hear. BUT …. know that this repeated leap many times a day, every day of the week, can be…

Coyote Center for Carnivore Ecology & Co-Existence

Coyote Center for Carnivore Ecology and Co-Existence The people have spoken ~ … of the need for education, collaboration, sharing, empowerment, research,  experience, and change. And so we are listening. We are on the way to creating this PLACE where all this will happen…and it will be in Hope, Maine. We welcome you to follow…

Coyote and your Family Dog

Do you remember the song from the KING AND I ~ “Getting to know you, getting to know all about you, getting to like you, getting to hope you like me.” YES …. we can get to know Coyotes (but they will always keep many of their own secrets). YES ….we can come to not…

Coyotes ~ Treat Each as if the Last One

Gary Lawless, Maine’s Poet who speaks for our Wildlife In his poem “Treat each Bear” he takes us to a place of deep loneliness when we humans have left no room for the “others.” How would life on earth be without them? Where would the wonder be? Treat each Coyote as if she were the…

Coyote Fathers and Parenting

  COYOTES MATE FOR LIFE The father Coyote is very involved with the care and teaching of his pups See below a link that shows a Coyote father and his pup.  Coyotes have a Life they want to live…… Father and Son

Coyote Graphics ~ So Coyote!

Wonderful Maine Artist, Michael Boardman named his company, COYOTE GRAPHICS in honor of Coyote. Here is his brand new Coyote shirt …..SO COYOTE!  To see it on his website visit this link:   http://coyotegraphics.bigcartel.com/product/coyote-t-shirt

Encounters with Coyote

THE COYOTE STARE Have you ever chanced upon a fleeting encounter with a Coyote?   Maybe you were driving your car down the road, and there standing in your headlights is a Coyote staring at you? Have you ever had a chance encounter when you were hiking….both you and Coyote surprising each other? Coyotes often immediately…

First Light Habitats

LIKE US ~ WILDLIFE REQUIRE A HEALTHY HOME AS WELL.  A HABITAT Large carnivores like Coyotes require a home – a healthy habitat – no matter where they live. Whether they live on a farm, in suburbia or the city, they require a refuge, clean water, adequate prey. In our ever increasing human population, it…

Each Coyote Counts

A Single Coyote is somebody, a distinct individual.  He or she is the experiencing subject of a life whose quality and duration matter to him (her)  independent of  his (her) utility to us. Esteemed wildlife researcher Gordon Haber wrote of this very subject regarding the wolves he studied (but his statements are all so true…

Coyote ~ Maine’s Keystone Carnivore

HOW DO WE RESPOND TO THE MEDIA ~ when it seeks to demonize our carnivores, especially Coyote? Here we are in the Spring time of Maine. And along with all the songs of our returning birds and the peepers in our ponds, I began  hearing from a number of concerned Maine people.  They were in…

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…

Urban Coyote Initiative

“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…

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…

In Honor of Dahlov Ipcar

  ” I feel that it is up to the artists of the present to reveal new ways of seeing the world and to create new worlds never before seen.”    Dahlov Ipcar Dahlov Ipcar, Beloved Maine artist, passed away on February 10, 2017 at 99 years of age. She was still painting on the morning…

Beatrix Potter & Carnivores

Beatrix Potter, the famous author of small picture books for children, was born in England in the second half of the nineteenth century. All her books were about animals, many of whom she personally experienced in her life. She cared about the lives of animals, as well as the natural landscape. In her adult life…

Coyote ~ A New Year’s Insight

                        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…

Importance of Habitat in Predator Prey Relations

  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,…

The Voice of the Coyote

“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…

Coyote and our Children

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…

Coyote in the City

  I am Coyote in the City Tryin to adapt, to survive I am a fish out of the water Tryin to breathe, and to thrive.   And you think I don’t belong in your world But I’m your sister, your brother Hunted down by your guards Armed with guns, with sedation That will close…

Coyote & Braiding Sweetgrass

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS ~ What does this marvelous book have to do with Coyote? EVERYTHING! 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…

Understanding Coyote Behaviors

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,…

National Geographic ~ Coyote America

UNDERSTANDING HISTORY ~ How important is it to understand the REAL history of our country?  VASTLY IMPORTANT! We cannot truly understand the perspectives held in our society today … and the behaviors that result, without understanding the perspectives and actions of those who came before us. I highly encourage every American to read author Dan…

Coyotes ~ Protection in Chicago

In his book American Serengeti author Dan Flores dedicates a chapter to Coyotes, our native wild canine. In these following words from his book, we can come to understand more and more why Coyotes are so capable of living among us ~ “Like humans, coyotes have fission-fusion societies. They are a rare predator to do so.…

Cougar Kittens ~ Coyote Pups

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…

Chappaqua, New York and Killing Coyotes

When a wildlife tragedy occurs …. I always want to take it as an opportunity to educate, and not point fingers. And so, a wildlife tragedy occurred in Chappaqua, New York this month of June. As the story has been told, a female coyote killed a person’s dog and was aggressive to another dog being…

Heart of A Lion

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…

TED Talk ~ Cougars and Coyotes

We are living in a time of Transition ~ A Physical Transition and An Internal Transition As we humans continue to rapidly increase our population on our planet Earth, we are leaving very few places for those we share the planet with. It is especially difficult for large carnivores like cougars, coyotes, bears, and wolves who…

Why do we Need Carnivores Anyway?

COYOTE IS A GREAT TEACHER Coyote is teaching our present generation all about carnivores…if we will open our hearts…and listen! So I would like to share with you a presentation that I presented to our communities: “Why Do We Need Carnivores Anyway?” It was generously filmed by the Saco River Community Television Station in Maine…

Rescue Road ~ Our Dogs and Coyote

Rescue Road… a new book by author Peter Zheutlin A marvelous book that has two sides to it ~ * First, the immense suffering of our best friends, our domestic dogs * Second, the courageous and selfless lives of those who seek to rescue them from the suffering and abuse. For me, when I read about…

Bringing Nature Home

SPRING IS HERE! ALL LIFE IS SEEKING REBIRTH… And in that context, I wish to share my thoughts. I was asked to give a presentation on Coyote’s important role in the ecosystem of Acadia National Park in Maine. This year is the 100th Anniversary of this beautiful Park, and when it was created the howls…

Coyote ~ the Keystone

Spring is arriving, and all new life is appearing~ How DIVERSE AND HEALTHY is this life? Are the predators present? Is the KEYSTONE PREDATOR present? FOR PREDATION IS THE FUNDAMENTAL DRIVER OF DIVERSITY ON OUR PLANET EARTH! Renowned biologist and researcher of our great carnivores, George Schaller has spoken of predation: “There is neither cruelty…

Mahatma Gandhi and Coyote

Words of Gandhi that speak for all Life ~ “When I despair, I want to keep remembering that the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible. But, in time they will always fall….think of it…always.” His words are true for…

Coyotes and their Telos

Coyote Family ~ “We are made to acknowledge that they [coyotes] are not of our making, that they have little or no need of our continued existence – they recall for us a creation far greater than our own. They have their own reasons for being, quite apart from us.” William Cronon in Uncommon Ground…

Wild Mustangs and Coyotes…and Your Choices

Choices you make may determine if this Coyote pup will survive. and   may determine if Wild Mustangs will survive. What do you mean?…. you may be asking. Let me first share this quote by Al Cambronne in his book Deerland: America’s Hunt for Ecological Balance and the Essence of Wildness “When we purposely manipulate…

Coyote ~ Choosing to see who they really are

MAKING CHOICES IN THE NEW YEAR 2016 ~ I wish to share with you a short video that an observant person placed on You tube of two coyote mates assisting each other to relieve their bodies of ticks. I have been hesitant to share this wonderful video with you, because it is a public you tube, and you…

Coyote and Christmas Cheer

COYOTES LOVE TO SING… we all know that! In her newly published book….out just in time for Christmas… Maine’s very special artist,  Kathleen Fox shares the wonder that our children are so capable of. Here are her own words ~ “Virginia’s mom tells her that animals can talk on Christmas eve and so she sneaks…

“I Am Coyote” Inspires Art

When our Words inspire Art…… Renowned Maine artist, Evelyn Dunphy, after reading         I Am Coyote   was inspired to create this powerful watercolor. Her moving work depicts a dramatic event in this newly published book ~ the young dispersing female Coyote is fleeing across the mighty St. Lawrence River, via a bridge that she waited…

Coyotes ~ Your Farm, Your Community

COMMMUNITY is caring about everyone’s best interest So here is a community happening playing itself out in a Maine community~ One of our Maine farmers who raises vulnerable farm animals like goats and chickens co-exists well with the carnivores that live on their farm…especially the coyotes and hawks. They want the coyotes on their farm…

I Am Coyote

I have exciting news that I wish to share with you ~ The publication of my new book I Am Coyote has finally arrived, and it will be available in mid-October of this year. I welcome you to seek it out on Amazon or your local book stores, and share it with your local libraries…

Coyote has a Name!

WHY IS IT THAT WHEN WE  NAME AN ANIMAL WE CARE ABOUT THAT PARICULAR BEING? Humans gave Cecil  his name, and so what happened to him mattered. Is it that we feel more connected to him? What about all the other amazing wild beings whom WE  have not named? Is it that we do not…

Healthy Habitat and Biodiversity

COYOTES AND OTHER LARGE CARNIVORES are VITAL for biodiversity….diverse life and diverse life is vital for the health of our planet…. BUT ….diverse life is about habitat …both the predator and the prey need habitat for diversity of life to happen. It all sounds so complex…yes? But what if all this was happening in your yard?…

Coyote ~ A Wild Creation

SEEKING OUR PLACE ON THE EARTH and understanding the Wild Ones place as well. When writing of our human experience of wildness and what is it in our human perspective, environmental historian William Cronon wrote in Incommon Ground…. “We are made to acknowledge that they [wild beings] are not of our making, that they have…

Killing Coyotes ~ the Unseen Suffering

COYOTE PUPS ARE BORN ONCE A YEAR IN THE SPRING They are tiny, blind and helpless, depending completely on their mother and their father for survival. Coyote parents are completely devoted to their pups ~ keeping them warm, fed and protected from danger. They will do everything in their power to help them survive. BUT…..…

Our Laws ~ Why do they NOT Protect Coyotes?

  WHY IS IT….? Coyotes, our Native Wild Dog of America has next to NO protection from human persecution IN THE 21st CENTURY in this country? WHY IS IT…? The following is a quote from a legislator that says it all……. “The legislators do not deal with reality – we deal with the public’s perception…

Our Dogs “Speak” to Coyote

THERE IS A WHOLE NEW WAY TO FARM….. It is the farming of the future that is already happening today.  The focus of this farming is: We are part of Nature! What is so enriching to the leading farmers is watching how their domestic dogs….the guardian dogs …. speak to our wild dogs. The ancient…

Coyote: Evolution of America’s Wild Dog

OUR HUMAN BEHAVIOR  affects the evolution of the living beings with whom we share our  planet. The following is a quote from The Wild Canids by H.T. Gier “We, with our persecution of the Coyote, have added another parameter to natural selection; with the result that Coyotes are now larger, smarter, more adaptable, faster and…

Coyotes & our Guard Dogs…speak to each other

WE WANT OUR CARNIVORES TO REMAIN TRULY WILD… That means…..self sufficient, using their innate intelligence and the gifts that Nature has equipped them with to survive and thrive. By remaining truly wild, they fulfill their important role in keeping ecosystems healthy and balanced, protected from epidemics of disease in wildlife and humans. So we have…

Coyote ~ Research and Human Behavior

DOES WHAT WE LEARN THROUGH OUR RESEARCH TRANSLATE INTO OUR HUMAN BEHAVIOR? Here is an example…and then you decide. Research was conducted in Utah because ranchers were concerned that the small herd of Bison, that were placed on Public Land there, were eating up all the forage that the ranchers wanted for their cows. Now…

Coyote ~ Seeing beyond what is….

We all have the freedom to choose how we see our world. And how we see our world affects how we act in our world……. HOW DO YOU SEE COYOTE? WHY DO YOU SEE COYOTE THAT WAY? HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOUR BEHAVIOR TOWARD COYOTE? IS YOUR LIFE RICHER OR POORER ? Here is a writing from…

Coyotes ~ They know how to live among us

  YOU SEE BEFORE YOU TWO VERY INTELLIGENT SPECIES COMMUNICATING WITH EACH OTHER in a way only they know …. two coyote mates and crow Intelligent carnivores like Coyotes have the capacity to interact successfully with all species in their environment….including us. Though you may not even be aware of it….they observe your behavior and…

Coyote Connections

                                                                                                                                                                                                       How can you participate in creating the kind of world we want to hand down to our children? In answer to that, I wish to share with you how community members in Maine together contributed their talents…. envisioning a different world than the one we live in. Just below is a link to a…

Coyote and Ecological Relationships

  WHY IS IT THAT OUR HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS PUTS GREAT VALUE ON WILDLIFE THAT ARE ENDANGERED…..BUT WE ALLOW THE CONTINUED, UNRELENTING KILLING OF VERY SUCCESSFUL CARNIVORES…….COYOTE? Maybe those two conflicting forms of consciousness cause the loss of important carnivores…..  In his book, Spillover, author David Quammen speaks of serious medical epidemics on our planet. He…

Coyote Inspirations

COYOTE INSPIRES ART AND POETRY~ The following poem was recently written by one of our Maine poets when he visited our Coyote Connections Art Exhibition at the University of New England’s Gallery in Portland, Maine, and was inspired by “The Ghosts of Evergreen Cemetery.”   Coyote Beautiful O keepers of the night and reapers of…

Dog Fighting: Cruelty to Domestic and Wild Dogs

GANDHI’S WORDS ~ The greatness of a nation is measured by how it treats the Animals.” SO WHAT CAN WE SAY ABOUT THE GREATNESS OF THE UNITED STATES? Dog fighting is illegal in all the states, but despite the law, it rampantly goes on. It is hidden as all violence to life is, it is BIG…

Coyote and the New Paradigm

This poignant work of art by renowned Maine artist Richard Letham can be viewed along with 49 other extraordinary works of art at the University of New England’s Gallery in Portland, Maine. The exhibition titled “Coyote Connections” will be up for our communities to experience until January 15, 2015. We asked each artist to write…

Open Season

Artists from all over Maine are participating in the University of New England Gallery exhibition ~ “Coyote Connections”  October 9, 2014 to January 15, 2015 in Portland, Maine. This powerful piece, created by artist Sandra Crowell, depicts numerous Coyote pelts displayed after their slaughter. But in front of the pelts stands a beautiful Coyote staring out at you…..maybe…

Jaguar and Coyote ~ Survivors of the New World

An Indomitable Beast by Alan Rabinowitz is a new book following the author’s journey to study and protect this beautiful and powerful carnivore of the New World. The author, a wildlife biologist of the future, shares not only what he has learned about the Jaguar but his courageous efforts to protect this species and empower…

Maine Artists’ Expressions of Coyote

Coyote Comes to Portland, Maine! In a wonderful collaborative effort, the University of New England Gallery in Portland, Maine, 31 artist from all over the state and myself offer to our communities……“Coyote Connections.”  This very special exhibit will be up for our communities to experience from October 9, 2014 until January 15, 2015 This unique art…

Last Chain on Billie

“They (coyotes) cannot forget their freedom, and they will not lick the feeding hand that bars them in.  Their self reliance and free exercise of their intelligence belongs only to the conditions of freedom.  Their spirits wither with the clank of chains.” from The Voice of the Coyote by Frank Dobie Other intelligent and socially…

Patriotism…..Yes? … No?

Historians teach us that we need to look to the PAST for us to understand the PRESENT…… So here are two photos…one from the PAST  and one from the PRESENT~ First of all, both photos are taken of very violent people who HATE someone they do not even know. The Klu Klux Klan …our African…

Maine’s Real Hunters

HUNTING SEASON IN MAINE HAS ARRIVED If these two Coyote mates could speak…what would they say to you…. If you are a landowner in Maine, and you have a Coyote family living on your land…they are creating a healthy landscape for you to live on…..for all they do to keep your land healthy, they would ask…

Our Native Americans and Coyote

“We shall take your Land…and you will soon disappear.” This is how the white man that came to the American continent thought and spoke regarding our Native Americans here in Maine ~ the Penobscots, the Paasamaquoddy, the Micmacs and the Maliseets (and Native Americans across this continent). They did steal their land, but our Native…

Hunting Season in Maine

HUNTING SEASON IS HERE IN MAINE….. Over a 100 years ago, hunting regulations were put in place here in Maine….for two reasons… The first reason~ to protect wildlife populations from the “free for all” exploitation Europeans placed on all our wildlife. If not, there would be no wildlife to hunt today. The second reason ~…

Coyote and Ecosystem Balance

“History is who we are, why we are, the way we are.” historian David McCullough Our history as a society on this new American continent is filled with complexities, and immensely different perspectives and belief systems that are passionately held. So too the perspectives held regarding the wildlife we share this land with. The initial views brought…

Lyme Disease and Coyote

HOW WE TREAT COYOTES MATTERS! This past week I spoke with a friend of mine whose daughter is being treated for Lyme disease.  It has been an ongoing difficult time for both a mother who is deeply concerned for her daughter, and her daughter who just graduated from high school with the happy expectation of…

Our Declaration of Independence

IN 1775 … OUR FOREFATHERS WROTE THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE The central words in declaring their independence from the oppression and violence of the English monarchy were “Our inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…” They based these rights not on any law of any government, but that these rights were bestowed on all…

Coyote as your Neighbor

TAKE FEAR……MOVE IT OUT OF THE WAY…..IT BLOCKS YOU FROM THE REAL EXPERIENCE

Pit Bulls and our Humanity

TODAY I READ TWO STORIES ABOUT DOGS … The first was about Dukey, a beloved Labrador who had cancer, and spent the last day of his happy life being showered with love and comfort….and then he was lovingly and respectfully put to rest. The second was about Pit Bulls and the abuse and suffering  and…

Raju the Elephant and Coyote, if they could Speak

IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ABOUT RAJU’S RESCUE…SEEK IT OUT! In short, he was poached from his mother when he was just a baby and has spent the last 50 years of his life being abused and tortured and starved. On the 4th of July he was rescued in India and is now in a…

Rachel Carson and the Balance of Nature

YOU AND I LIVE IN A WORLD THAT IS HEALTHIER FOR ALL LIFE BECAUSE OF THE WORK OF THIS ONE WOMAN BIOLOGIST! In her book, Silent Spring she alerted the world of the very dangerous road our species was taking by the massive use of powerful, toxic chemicals and the continued dropping of practice A-Bombs…

Wild Mustangs and Coyote

  WILD MUSTANGS AND COYOTES On any number of occasions, community members will ask me, “Are Coyotes endangered?” You know….this is an interesting question. What do you think is the underlying thought process behind that question? Should we be concerned about them if there are only small numbers of them left, and not be concerned…

Respect for their Wildness

    NEVER FEED WILDLIFE! So what is the significance of this statement? THERE IS GREAT SIGNIFICANCE, a significance that goes beyond the “common sense” reasons. Katy Payne in her book Silent Thunder, writes “I was thinking about what is lost when wildness is lost, and realizing that habituation  is not just a slight modification of wild nature.…

Mange and Rodent Poisons

 The beautiful fur coat of a healthy wild Coyote. Yes, this is what they should look like. But from time to time when I give my presentations, a community member will say to me, “Are the photos you show of coyotes, wild coyotes? Their coats look so beautiful.” Then they will continue by saying that they…

Who do you see? ….. Where are you standing?

I was in the forest hiking the other day in one of my favorite spots. Usually I hike around a big loop and my hike is completed. But on this particular day, I decided to turn around and go back the way I came…the hike would be longer that way…and I did not want to…

Coyote Pups and their Song

  DO YOU SEE THE COYOTE PUP? In this rare photo of a coyote pup you get to see who is keeping Coyote parents very busy at this time of the year. First of all,  they are very protective of their little ones ~  hiding them  from our view, carefully watching over them and protecting them from all…

Coyote Parents Delight in their Pups

SPRING TIME …AND COYOTE PUPS ARE BORN! A very busy time for coyote parents. They want their pups to survive…they need to feed them…but you want them to feed their pups wild prey ONLY.  We have many amazing farmers here in Maine that have an understanding with our wild Coyote parents. And they communicate with…

Our Common Ancestry

We all share a common ancestry with the myriads of life on our planet Earth.  We are not separate from Coyote, whether we recognize this or not. The following short video portrays more than any words can express about how we are all connected. This man, driving along a road with his friend sees a…

Coyote …..Who do you see?

  COYOTE IS COMPLETELY AWARE OF HER WORLD……. Take a moment and peer into the eyes of this coyote photographed by Janet Kessler. And try to feel how she is in her world and how she experiences it fully. How fully do we experience our world? Last week I was leaving Bowdoin College after a…

Wild Mustangs …and Coyote

WILD MUSTANGS …. AND COYOTE…. When I give my Coyote presentation to our communities in Maine, I include historical perspectives…. What happened when the Europeans invaded the New World. And what did they bring with them when they came….they brought their world view. And their actions and behaviors were the expressions of it. And that…

Learning to See….Can we?

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THESE TWO COYOTES ARE EXPRESSING THEIR AFFECTION TO EACH OTHER ….. OR DO YOU BELEIVE THAT ONLY WE HUMANS CAN DO THIS? Because what you believe will shape your actions. So our science keeps seeking to know our wild ones in ways we never could imagine. And the “knowing” is not merely what…

Relationships with the Wild, and our Children

A CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM ~ This children’s book written by Jonathan London, tells a simple yet very powerful story about our relationships with the Wild. It is the child that guides his father into understanding his role in living well with carnivores on his farm. Our children are looking to us to create a…

Coyote ~ Teacher of the Wild

“REFLECT ON WHO WE REALLY ARE BENEATH THE LAYERS CIVILIZATION HAS IMPOSED ON US.”  Cristina Eisenberg Not so long ago I needed to travel by plane, and I felt almost suffocated by the technology being used all around me.  Everywhere in the airports and on the plane people’s faces were in their IPads, their computers,…

Listening to the Songdogs

This wonderful photo by Debbie DiCarlo titled “Howling Lesson” depicts young Coyote pups talent for song, as they join their mother in the happy event. We shall be hearing more of Coyote’s song now that Spring will soon be here….and the pups will soon be born. So I wish to share a piece written by…

Native Americans Speak

“In the beginning of all things, Wisdom and Knowledge were with the Animals, for Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain Animals to tell men that he showed himself through the beasts, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and the moon should man learn.…

Wildness ~ do you Honor it or Fear it?

WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE WILD? Relationships are always expressed in our behaviors….and so our lives can be filled with rich, life enhancing relationships, or they can be filled with emptiness expressed in hatred and violence to other life. As a biologist, I seek to share life enhancing relationships between our humanity and our…

Coyote ~ the Teacher

   COYOTE ~ SURVIVING IN THE COLD OF WINTER Thoughts as you take in this image…. Coyote ~ they hold the answers to questions we have not even learned to ask …  Coyote ~ they are teaching us to make discoveries about ourselves… Do we understand our true role on the Earth…if not, how can we…

Winter Survival

COYOTE ~ THE SURVIVOR   This poignant scene by photographer Jerry Mercier opens a window of survival for us humans to look into. Here Coyote is striving to take some minimal nourishment from the frozen leg bone of a deer….the flesh long since gone from it.   In Winter, carnivores starve to death ….and only…

Perspectives on What is Real….

WINTER IS HERE ….SNOW AND ICE AND WIND AND COLD…and Sunshine! We have had our share of ICE this winter already… and with it comes a different kind of WALKING…YES? Our gaze tends to be looking down to where we will be taking the next step. But I was out hiking the other day, and I…

Blackfish …..and Coyote

Killer Whales and Coyote…..?   Yes…..they have much in common!   So to start….I invite you to watch the new film that came out in 2013 called Blackfish. It is a documentary regarding the cruel capture and life of misery that baby orcas experience. Why? These amazing beings, who are highly social, have a capacity…

Courage to Act…Courage to Speak

Today, the first real Snow blankets Maine…. and today, world leaders and the people of South Africa honor the Life of Nelson Mandela… It is really about celebrating his Courage to speak for his people and his race and his culture…. But is also about celebrating our diversity and honoring it. There are also those whom most…

Monarch Butterflies … and Coyote

One of our farmers in Maine shared with me a while back, that before the Coyotes expanded their range into Maine, he could not keep the deer our of his garden….suffering economic loss year after year. But after the Coyotes arrived on his farm, the deer did not “hang around” and eat up all his vegetables. Instead…

Coyote and the Cats …. Look what is Happening!

Here is one of our Maine Coyotes….going about her important work in this ecosystem of one of our Maine landowners. Our coyotes can have large territories, but within their territories are what is called their core areas, the places where they spend most of their time.  So too, our urban coyotes in our cities in…

Coexisting…What is it….Where is it…?

COEXISTENCE SKILLS~ Note the Coyote Pups easily coexisting in our World Following a Coyote presentation I gave in one of our communities here in Maine, a man who attended, requested that I come back to their community…and give a presentation focusing on coexistence skills. And so I thought, how can I bring this to the…

The Real Maine Hunter….

WHO IS THE REAL MAINE HUNTER…..? Well for one…this photo here shows you the real Maine Hunter…    Nature has equipped Coyote with all she requires to do her work as an effective hunter of her wild  prey … But Coyote is joined by other Real Maine hunters as well…I have spoken to a few…

Our Dogs in a Trap …..Coyote in a Trap

IMAGINE, IF YOU WILL. THE EXCRUCIATING AGONY AND TERROR OUR DOMESTIC DOGS EXPERIENCE WHEN THEY ARE CAUGHT IN THE BARBARIC DEVICE OF A STEEL LEGHOLD TRAP…….. AGAIN….this just happed here in southern Maine when a 74 year old man’s dog experienced this.  What if this happened to your dog? Here is the link: Maine hunter forced…

Canines….Coyote….and our Humanity

Have you ever noticed the GLOBAL RESPONSE OF HUMANITY to a Facebook page or a craigslist story of violence and cruelty to our dogs?  Here is an example of one~ https://www.yahoo.com/gma/blogs/abc-blogs/craigslist-post-inspires-others-help-save-battered-pit-100111403–abc-news-topstories.html?guccounter=1 Why this swift and widespread response?  Though all those who respond may not be aware of it….it is really about OUR ONENESS WITH ALL…

Sustainable Farming and our Laws

What is Sustainable Farming? So what is your definition of it……???. Yes! In order for it to be “sustained”…to continue on in to the future, we are to make use of the Natural Resources of our farm in such a manner, that the ecological balance and biodiversity remains intact. That means that the carnivores need…

Guardian Animals in Sustainable Farming

There is a new Breed of  Farmers here in Maine……. they come to the land they live and work on with a whole new and refreshing understanding of their place on the Land. They see their farm as an ecosystem in which ALL THE PARTS NEED TO BE PRESENT….IF THEY WANT THEIR LAND TO BE…

America’s Last Wild Horses

And why do I speak of Wild Mustangs…?   Well, I want to encourage you to read this riveting and deeply researched book called: “America’s Last Wild Horses” by Author Hope Ryden.  I have added it to the reading list on this website. Hope Ryden is a woman just like Jane Goodall, but instead of…

Coyote and the Boy, Ben

  How can YOU participate in creating a healthy, vibrant planet Earth; and how can YOU participate in handing down to our children a consciousness that all life on Earth is ONE? and from that consciousness, flows RESPECT…..and a shift in our BEHAVIOR. So above you see the exquisite work of artist, Melissa Glendinning in creating…

Coyotes’ Song

Coyotes   Is this world truly fallen? They say no.  For there’s the new moon, there’s the Milky Way,  There’s the rattler with a wren’s egg in its mouth, …  And there’s the panting rabbit they will eat.  They sing their wild hymn on the dark slope,  Reading the stars like notes of hilarious music.…

Rewilding the Landscape … and Ourselves

Wildness In his new book, Feral, George Monbiot wrote ~ “Rewilding the landscape is an opportunity to rewild ourselves, and fill the world with wonders of which we have been deprived, and alongside which we evolved.” Stare at this wild coyote for a few moments…..she is wildness…. Let us delight in her wildness ….let us not…

Coyote Connections

Not long ago, I read a comment spoken by Dan Ashe, Director of our Federal Fish and Wildlife service in Washington. This is what he said ~ “Chimps are one of the world’s iconic species because of their CONNECTIONS AND SIMILIARITY TO HUMANS.” READ THAT AGAIN….   BUT WHAT CONNECTIONS AND WHAT SIMLITARITIES?  I want to…

Peter and the Wolf ~ Coyote and the Boy, Ben!

Do you know your own Power to make a difference in our world? Three very talented Maine women know their power! And together they have created a magical, and deeply moving puppet show expressing that we are all one…..that Coyotes share the same emotions of joy and sorrow that we do, that they suffer as…

Life out of Balance…..Life in Balance

Life out of Balance! It is so poignant…Wild Mustangs and Coyotes share in Common Their lives are deeply disrupted, they suffer intense exploitation from a United States Government….that should be their Protector. As I have written before, thousands and thousands of individual coyotes are slaughtered by our government, and thousands and thousands of Wild Mustangs…

Coyote’s Song ~ The Music of Nature

Believe it or not….  This is a photo, not a painting of Coyote What the photographer, Jerry Mercier, has expressed in this photograph is a sense of Coyote’s belonging to the landscape she is resting in….but not only belonging, but being a part of it. But it is not only her physical presence, but her…

Seabiscuit…Coyote…..and Us

Seabiscuit…Coyote… and Us If you haven’t viewed the film, “Seabiscuit” as yet, I highly recommend that you do. And what does  Seabiscuit have to do with Coyote? Well…. I would say ….a great deal. If you watch the film, you will learn that Seabiscuit was discounted at birth, severely abused and remained an  Underdog until his…

Mustangs and Coyotes share….Their Wildness

Yesterday I visited the EVER AFTER MUSTANG RESCUE in Biddeford, Maine.  Mona Jerome is a very special woman who expresses to me “the power of one.” And she has surrounded herself with compassionate men and women of vision to assist her. Mona rescues many wild Mustangs that have been driven from their wild life….the culture…

Darwin….Evolution….and our Relationship with all Life

Coyote Pup….Born now in our Maine Landscape….Born with all the Gifts that Nature has bestowed on her …..for her to participate in creating  healthy ecosystems here.  SO WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HER….DO YOU HAVE ONE? When Darwin discovered Nature’s great design of evolution, he was very afraid to publish his findings for many years.…

Healthy Maine Landscape ~ Healthy Us!

  SPRING IS HERE!  AND SO IS THE DIVERSITY OF LIFE EVER SO NOTICEABLE……..Out come the black flies, out come the ticks, and out come the many, many rodents who pro-create in great numbers! IN COMES COYOTE! ……VERY BUSY WITH RODENT PATROL as you can see in the beautiful art piece created by Maine artist,…

What does it Mean?……We are all One….

What is the Coyote in this photo feeling….does she feel…..does she feel like us….? From time to time in my work as a biologist, certain members of the community have some difficulty accepting the reality that Coyotes share with us the common journey through life on this planet….that they experience the pain, grief, loss, suffering…

Midnight Orphan

This poignant watercolor by Maine artist, Kathleen Fox was inspired by her own personal experience of catching sight of a starving small Coyote pup alone in the forest at night. And why was this  small Coyote pup there alone without the protection of his parents…..his parents were killed at a time in the pup’s life…

Songs my Mother taught me

Songs my Mother taught me by Anton Dvorsak  I am attaching a link here with this beautiful, stirring gypsy music of this great composer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOm6MW-U170 Note: the language on the screen is very different…it is not English But we all understand the Music Coyote parents teach their tiny pups to make music also Their language is different from…

Coyote Parenthood

I’m a Coyote Pup….I’m lucky because I have very caring protective parents. So Spring has arrived….and how we welcome it here in Maine. It is the time of rebirth and new birth…the time when tiny coyote pups are born. So when you are out in nature be aware of this special time for them…..especially if…

Miss Raven Meets Her Wild Soul by Judith Mitchell Oil on Canvas One warm, full-moon, summer night about 3 a.m., my black dog Raven awakened me with a “whuff”.  She was staring intently out the bedroom window, and I arose quietly and looked out, too.  On the lawn down below, as pale as the moonlight…

Reflecting on how we do Things…

A Healthy wild Coyote Family ….a rare sight. and should it be so rare? What kind of world do we want to hand down to our children? It should make us reflect on how we do things…   And so, in the work I do as a biologist, I strive always to present to you…

Coyote Greeting

This beautiful art piece created by Maine’s legendary artist, Dahlov Ipcar, was inspired  by a dream she had. She thought the whole experience to be quite magical. It expresses Coyote’s deeply social nature. And when these Coyote mates have their pups in the Spring of this year, the strong relationships that bond them to their pups will…

Enhancing Biodiversity

Much research is being pursued on Coyote’s fellow carnivore, the Mountain Lion. If you go to my page on this website with Journal Article links, you can view a film detailing recent research on the affects of uncontrolled  human killing of these great cats. One of the grave concerns of biologists, is the lack of GENETIC DIVERSITY that…

Red’s Story

 DO YOU SEE HER?    LET ME TELL YOU HER STORY….                                              First, I call her Red, because she was a beautiful red Coyote….expressing her unique genetics in her color. The Maine resident that shared her story with me, owned a large parcel of land where Red was safe from human abuse….and where she witnessed her mousing…

Connecting to our Essence

THE BEST COYOTE HABITAT RESIDES IN THE HUMAN HEART ~ YOU HAVE TO LEAVE A LITTLE SPACE FOR THEM TO LIVE ……HOW MUCH OF THAT SPACE RESIDES IN THE CREVICES OF YOUR HUMANITY? The following are the words artist Linda Murray wrote regarding this art piece create by her ~ “Coyote spirit speaks of how…

Coyotes Miss Nothing in their Territory!

COYOTES MISS NOTHING!  They like to stand in high places in order to take in the goings on in their territory…..as you see in this photo by Jan Myers. And so when you are a farmer in Maine raising livestock, and your farm is part of Coyote’s territory, know that Coyote knows everything that is going…

Speaking up for Coyote

Coyote Mates ~ they mate for life….until death do they part… And too often here in Maine, death comes long before they have the opportunity to grow old together.  And why?  …..Because our laws do not protect this important carnivore from violent human behavior. And as each legislative session meets in Augusta, a violent, small…

We have Choices

We have choices …..What would be yours?   I want to share with you the article below that speaks of a tragic incident that happened a week ago in a town of our northern neighbor, Canada.  Do you know and respect the lives of these wild ones who share our land with us? How different our…

Coyote ~ the Teacher

In our Native American myths, Coyote was the teacher….the teacher of how to live respectfully  in the community, and how to treat all life on the earth.   And so today Coyote continues to be the teacher …teaching us how to live on this earth home. You and I are born into a society in which…

Sharing their Presence with Us

Coyotes by Leslie Moore They hug the margins of fields, slip into the creases between trees, glide across gravel roads at dawn or dusk, bellies close to the ground, tails trailing. We hardly know they are here and think all of this is ours – the property, the shorefront, the view – until moonless nights…

A Special Time for Coyote ~ Mating Season

As we bundle up in the throws of a cold Winter, Coyotes on the other hand are becoming more active and verbal….and why? It is MATING SEASON! It is a short and intensive time for two coyote mates to prepare for their new family, as the alpha female is only fertile for a short three…

Speaking Up! Look what Happens!

Look into the Eyes of Coyote here….. In our Democracy, our Wildlife have NO voice but ours.  Our polititians and agencies will act only when YOU speak up. So I want to share with you an example of this very important reality. THIS WEEKEND, THIS WEEKEND in New Mexico an owner of a gun shop…

Coyote Pursues

Believe it or not…. These are puppets representing two coyote mates, created by sculptor and puppet creator, Deborah Simon. They are the main characters of a play called Coyote Pursues that was presented in St. Anne’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York. The Coyotes are presented as true wild coyotes pursuing their prey…and in this case…

Maine Regulations for Killing Coyotes

 Election time is upon us…and reminds us that we live in a Democracy.  A Democracy, where the People have the Power. Laws in this land are created by the will of the People. That is how a Democracy works. Too, too often we give away our power because we think we do not have any…

The Elephant Whisperer

The Elephant Whisperer I would like to alert you to another outstanding book that I have just placed on our reading list here ~ called The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony. So again I must give my reason for offering a book about Elelphants in far off Africa. The reason ~ though this book is…

The Faces of our Humanity

   The Faces of our Humanity… I would like to share with you a short film that you can access by clicking on the link below. Though it is short in duration, it is powerful in expressing the diverse faces of our humanity. What is the face of your Humanity?  What has been handed down…

Do our Domestic Cats belong Indoors?

 Most often, when conversations about Coyote come up, you can be pretty sure that Coyotes and Cats will always come up, too.  But let me share this with you…Coyotes are once again here to teach us how to live on this Earth…just as they taught our Native Americans through their myriads of myths.  Coyotes are…

We the People…

WE THE PEOPLE…. When our forefathers declared their Independence from the British Empire, they established our Nation as a Democracy! A Democracy is a Nation of the People and for the People. In a Democracy, the PEOPLE  are to hold the POWER.  But we can only have that power if we believe we have the power…and…

Living with Carnivores ~ Respecting their Lives

Grizzley Bear The Grizzley Bear ~ one of America’s great carnivores, that Coyote shares the land with.  But like Coyote, their lives are very tenuous when individuals of our human species do not respect them and their place on the land.   So some of you may have read the tragic event that took place…

Biodiversity and Native Peoples

I would like to alert you to a NEW BOOK  I have added to our booklist: Biodiversity and Native America edited by Paul Minnis and Wayne Elisens As our Summer growing season comes close to an end and we are moving closer to September, it is good to take a break and sit down in our…

Our Relationship to the Wild

Wild Chimpanzees Chimpanzees!  They don’t live in Maine….right? They don’t live anywhere in the United States….right?  Their home is in Africa …right?  And what do they have to do with Coyote? So let me share a story with you in answer to these questions. So this just happened this Summer in Las Vegas, Nevada.  A man…

ReDiscovering Your Power

Mountain Lion Do you know that Mountain Lions once roamed Maine’s landscape before the Europeans arrived in the New World.  The area of North America that is now Maine possessed a rich diversity of carnivores and their prey.   But I want to tell you another story today.  Our sister state, California, that is on the…

It is How it is …. Why?

I want to express appreciation of the New Hampshire Wildlife Agency ….they have placed some solid educational information regarding Coyotes on their website for the people of New Hampshire. You can read it on the link below. But one sentence caught my eye because it seemed out of place in a text that otherwise was informative and valuable to the…

The Wisdom of the Child in Us

Coyote Pup by Tim Springer If left to his natural instincts a Child meets every living creature with a mixture of shyness and bright interest. He becomes an enemy of the Wild, learning to frighten and harry and kill, not from Nature, but from the evil example of his elders. by William Long    …

A Mirror Image of Ourselves

Do you see the mirror image of Coyote in this photo? How we live with Coyote and each other here in Maine is a mirror for us to look into…look closely into the mirror. We live in a “Democracy” ….of the people , by the people and for the people, …yes?  But do we really…

Rediscovering Lost Relationships

So I will have you ask yourself this question ~ Of all the aspects of your life, what is it that brings you the greatest happiness, peace, joy, and contentment? I would suggest that it is Our Relationships. But as so many of you know who live with those other than our own species, those others…

“The Power of One”

Wolves and coyotes, our top canine carnivores on this American continent, have worked out between them a relationship that has allowed both of them to flourish prior to pre-European settlement of this Land.  Two million wolves lived in North America and stable coyote populations were settled into the prairie landscapes when the Europeans arrived.   The…

Buffalo for the Broken Heart

Wild Bison I would like to alert you to another excellent book that I just placed on our website’s booklist:  Buffalo for the Broken Heart by Dan O’Brien.  So why have I recommended this book on Coyote’s website ~ well it has everything to do about Coyote, because Coyote has to do with everything!  …

Coyote Beings

Photo by John Tangney  I’m not alone tonight … I lay in my bed while a chorus begins. Coyotes are yipping and howling … … amplified by the waters of a slow moving river. Just beyond my window, they sound so close. I imagine how many huddled together, tails tucked under their bellies … taking…

Knowing Your Power

Wild Mustangs Wild Mustangs … like Coyote … their lives have been abruptly disrupted by the government supported, and abusive use of our western lands by most cattle and sheep ranchers. Tens of thousands of Coyotes  are trapped, poisoned and gunned down by low flying airplanes…all in the name of cattle and sheep ranching. Tens…

Silencing the Song

photo by Forest Hart I received a letter from a woman in our Maine community, sharing with me an experience that left her feeling a loss of something beautiful in her life ~ Coyote’s Song. She and her family delighted in the nightly serenades, until one day someone came along and killed the entire coyote…

Kindred

The Double Helix OH, what is this, not a Coyote? Yes, it is the Double Helix, which holds within it the Nucleic Acid Code ~ DNA.  Esteemed Ecologist E.O Wilson wrote, “Humanity has coevolved with the rest of life on this planet; other worlds are not in our genes.”  He goes on to say therefore,…

When the Animals come to Us

photo by John Tangney  When the Animals come to us, asking for our help Will we know what they are saying? When the Plants speak to us in their delicate, beautiful language, Will we be able to answer them? When the Planet herself sings to us in our Dreams, Will we be able to wake…

Vulnerability of Wild Newborns

Coyote pups photo by Dan Harrison For the past few weeks, every time I leave my house, a mother Robin quickly flies out from a medium size evergreen tree near my door. If she is not in the nest, she is chirping to me where she stands on the lawn, expressing her anxiety over my…

Creating positive relationships with Coyotes

photo by John Tangney Take a look at this photo. Do wildlife share relationships with those who are not of their species? So what is happening here…wouldn’t you like to know!   Intellgent, social beings of diverse species on this planet are capable of positve and life enhancing relationships. But somehow wildlife also know where the…

How Human behavior affects Coyotes

photo by Janet Tangney What happens when these two Coyote parents leave their pups safely behind, in order to go hunting for food for them…and the parents  never come back?  They never come back because they have been killed by individuals who have no understanding of the value of this important carnivore, and the laws in…

The Public Trust Doctrine

photo by John Tangney Do you know that over a century ago the Supreme Court of the United States supported the Law instituting the Public Trust Doctrine? And what is this doctrine about ? This Law states that wildlife are OWNED BY NO ONE, and are to be held in trust by the government for…

Learning where the Food is!

Bill Meikle Coyote pups are being born in Maine, and they will keep their parents  busy all Summer and into the Fall. When the pups are very young, their parents will hunt for them as well as for themselves. But as summer goes on, the pups will need to learn how to hunt for themselves.  They…

Coyote Mother Speaks

Forest Hart Wild Mother Coyotes bring their little ones into this world with the greatest of care, and strive with all their being for the survival of their little ones. What would a Mother Coyote say to women today, on Mother’s day? Listen, and you will hear…. I, like you have felt life within me from…

Coyote Pups Need a Stable Environment to Learn

 Spring has arrived, and all new life is being born here in Maine.  Our coyotes are having their pups now, and the pups will remain dependent on their parents for a long time.  Coyote parents are  devoted to their pups ~ they are very protective of them, will hunt wild prey to feed them, and will…

The Birth of Coyote Pups

  I am Coyote…. My tiny body is being formed in my mother’s womb, and her wild spirit moves from her blood through my body. Through her, I know who I am and who I am to become…  I feel my litter mates nestled close to me …we travel this same journey together, knowing little…

More on the Purple Paint Law

Coyote protected by Landowner Here are the specifics of the Law regarding the use of Purple Paint. The markings must consist of a conspicuous verticle line at least one inch in width, and at least 8 inches in length, and must be placed so that the bottoms of the marks are not less than 3…

Posting your Land

More and more land is being posted all over Maine.  And everywhere I travel in Maine as a biologist, the citizens are sharing with me that they are posting their land for two reasons: outright disrespect for the landowner and their land and their domestic animals, and grave concern  for the violence heaped on coyotes…

Nature’s Great Design ~ Predator Prey Relationship

Our wondrous planet flawlessly follows its journey around our sun, in perfect harmony with its neighboring planets; our avian fellow beings of the sky embark on their amazing journeys of migration, in faultless accord with the seasons; your heart is beating in rhythm within you now, and has been, ever since you were conceived in…

Historical Perspectives

What is Conservation Biology anyway? Who is a Conservation Biologist anyway? Conservation Biology goes way beyond the study of wildife. Why?  Because in order to restore so much that has been lost to our wildlife and our ecosystems, and recreate the  rich and diverse and wondrous life that was present on our American continent before the Europeans…

Returning to our Origins

Where ever you are right now …take a Moment…Look out the window.  What do you see? Do you all not observe a tiny expression of our Earth’s amazing life? How connected do you feel to what you observe? E.O.Wilson, a leading Ecologist has written, “We did not arrive on this planet as aliens.  Humanity is…