Buffalo Commons, The Haverfields, and Prairie Dogs

My very first post on Earthsvoices was about the heroic stand of Larry and Bette Haverfield and their work for the grasslands and the black-footed ferrets.  What many ranchers in western Kansas see as a “prairie dog problem” to Larry is really a problem of the lack of predators.  The destruction of prairie dog villages… Read more »

Artists in the Back Country

During John Muir‘s time, artists, writers, and scientists went into the back country, into the wilderness.  When they returned, they shared their findings and feelings with the public.  “Artists in the Back Country”, a program of the Sequoia Park Foundations, has the goal to replicate that in today’s world. In 2008, I was invited to… Read more »

30 years of helping the Black-footed ferret

September 26th marks the 30th anniversary of the discovery of what was believed to be the last 24 wild black-footed ferrets in North America.  Hooray for our beloved black-footed ferrets.  The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has learned so much about ferret husbandry; this year fifty-one kits were born at SCBI.  Fifty survive. You can watch… Read more »

Blessings to Gaia on Earth Day

Each of us is part of the earth.  With that blessing comes responsibility. Each of us must do our part to protect our earth, its resources, its wildlife. Some people celebrate Earth Day on March 20th, the first day of spring. Some celebrate on April 22nd.  We should really celebrate every day. Look outside at… Read more »

Of road trips, heroes, and Black-footed ferrets

Traveling the back roads near Massadona, Colorado, I looked out the car window and saw a wisp of a dream. Most experts would say I imagined that wisp on August 26, 1975. Whether imagined or real, it led to an adventure and a life-long love affair with the black-footed ferret, North America’s rarest mammal. Always… Read more »