Category: Animal teachers

Wild goose summer

Bonnie and her goslings

A whistling, whooshing sound sometimes punctuates our early mornings these days. It means the wildfowl population control people are doing their job, setting off sound bombs to scare nesting geese and ducks into abandoning their nests. It’s one of the…


Turkey liberation front

How this city woman ended up shoveling manure and birthing sheep is still a mystery to me. I have a hunch it’s one of those “nevers” I can’t seem to stop swearing to. You know what I mean. “I will…


Wildhaven rising from the ashes

Kangaroo and wombat

High temperatures. Hot winds. When they combine, as they did in Australia on February 7, 2009, whole forests of eucalyptus explode. As humans move further into bushland, they become witnesses and participants in a landscape where many cannot outrun the…


Compassion of crows

Cawing crow

My daily walk starts along the small lagoon that lies between my condominium and a lakeside beach. Whatever the weather, the watery border brightens my day. At the very least, reflections dance on the water, but usually there are also…


Hand across the distance

Kangaroo paw

[Regular Catching Courage readers will recognize Carol Mason’s name. She wrote about Jessica Mullins and sent photos of one of my favorite Australian birds, galahs. Be sure to click on the Brett Clifton link, which will introduce you to an…


Dreams and lessons

Crossroads readers will know that Carol Mason is a new friend. Our introduction is a lovely triangle. I live in British Columbia, Canada. She lives in New South Wales, Australia. A mutual friend in Western Australia introduced us. In this…

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