<![CDATA[Blank Title - campfire musings]]>Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:59:36 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[happy happy earth day]]>Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMThttp://raccoonriverbend.org/campfire-musings/happy-happy-earth-day

happy happy
earth day. . .


 a poem by Carla M. 12 yrs. old, Cuernavaca, Morelos Mexico
Thank you for our plants, trees, and everything related to the environment that helps us breathe.
I hope a lot of people think green and recycle, reuse, and reduce, so we can save the planet.
Thank you for letting me enjoy the animals, the sound of water in the camp, and the sound of children playing.
I promise I will always help you in everything and I will take care of you in every moment.
Forever- I love you mother earth.
Thanks for everything!
note: Spanish is Carla's first language and she wrote this poem in English
thanks, childrenoftheearth.org

When you see litter in the streets
And the air smells of pollution
When you feel like it's all piling up
Remember there is a solution

There's something each of us can do
To keep the rivers clean
To keep fresh the air we breathe
And keep the forests green


 Help clean a beach
Or recycle bottles and cans
Learn about the problems we face
And help others understand


 It doesn't have to be a lot
If we each just do our share
So take time out on earth day
To show the earth you care

thanks, woojr.com


the raccoon and the butterfly

I watched a raccoon on a warm, sunny evening
as he lazily sit upon a branch high in the breeze;
when all of a sudden a brilliant, bright butterfly gently landed just below him on a leaf.
The raccoon's eyes lit up with curiosity at the brilliance of its colors, as its wings slowed to a soft flutter.
The raccoon reached out to touch the butterfly and lightly it lifted itself toward the sky.
The raccoon reached for it once more with his little hands eager to touch what his eyes adored.
The butterfly would not come close enough for the raccoon to touch and in puzzlement, the raccoon he did stare and watched the brilliant, bright butterfly flutter in the air.
The raccoon seemed to want a little friend as the butterfly landed and was now sitting on the branch's bend.
The raccoon longed to see the butterfly up close and to touch its colorful wings that it adored.
The raccoon stretched out its little black hand once more.
To my amazement the butterfly landed in its hand, this I adored.
As I watched, they stared at each other for what seemed like hours.
It was an amazing sight to see nature's love and appreciation for one another.
What a beautiful memory left on my heart of nature's love and great spiritual power.
thank you, Sharon Gulley

a short history of earth day!

The 1st earth day was in 1970.
It was founded


by senator Gaylord Nelson and was inspired by the protests of the 1960's.  It began as a teach-in on the environment, and was held on April 22nd to reach the greatest number of students on university campuses.  By raising public awareness, Nelson hoped to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight.
In 1990 Earth Day went global.  Today The Earth Day Network joins with more than 17,000 partners and organizations in 174 countries.


During the 1970's, these vital protections became law:
The Clean Air Act
Water Quality Improvement Act
Endangered Species Act
Toxic Substances Control Act
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act
December 1970- birth of the Environmental Protection Agency

"Like the resources it seeks to protect, wildlife conservation must be dynamic, changing as conditions change, seeking always to become more effective."
rachel carson


(48 years
and growing)

Arkive video - Ruffed grouse - overview

go ahead, hug a tree!

photo credits, unsplash.com:
sebastian molina, sloth      Abigail lynn, whale
gary bendig, turtle      andrea reiman, hummingbird
bill jones jr., lemur      luca ambrosi, orangutan
harshil gudka, elephants      jason kocheran, ocean b+w
geran de klerk, lions      gary bendig, raccoon
christian joudrey, yellowstone      david alacaraz, tree islands
alexander mccall, gulls      sean stratton, butterfly
thank you!

<![CDATA[panda dreams]]>Sun, 15 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMThttp://raccoonriverbend.org/campfire-musings/panda-dreams

a special world

A special world for you and me
A special bond one cannot see
It wraps us up in its cocoon
And holds us fiercely in its womb.

Its fingers spread like fine spun gold
Gently nestling us to the fold
Like silken thread it holds us fast
Bonds like this are meant to last.

And though at times a thread may break
A new one forms in its wake
To bind us closer and keep us strong
In a special world, where we belong.

sheelagh lennon

<![CDATA[rhino]]>Thu, 05 Apr 2018 16:42:21 GMThttp://raccoonriverbend.org/campfire-musings/rhino


they are kind and gentle when interacting with each other

they can sleep standing up or laying down

a rhino is twice as long as it is tall
males weigh 4630 lbs
females 3300

they run on their toes

they have an excellent sense of hearing and smell

they are herbivores

females are ready to mate at 4 years, males around 7 years

gestation: about 16 months, they are nursed for about 1 year

baby rhinos are quite easy to hand raise

the northern white rhino is considered functionally extinct, their population is no longer viable in the wild

sudan 1973-2018. . . .
last living male white rhino

from the grasses in the field
to the stars in the sky,
each one is doing just that;
and there is such profound peace
and beauty in nature
because none of these tries forcibly
to transgress its limitations.

rabindranath tagore


<![CDATA[earth hour]]>Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:07:43 GMThttp://raccoonriverbend.org/campfire-musings/earth-hourEArth hour:
8:30-9:30p.m. (local time)
March 24th

lights out*

<![CDATA[world wildlife day]]>Sun, 04 Mar 2018 15:45:27 GMThttp://raccoonriverbend.org/campfire-musings/world-wildlife-day
Happy World Wildlife Day!

please support your favorite animal.

<![CDATA[love]]>Sat, 03 Feb 2018 16:25:00 GMThttp://raccoonriverbend.org/campfire-musings/lovethis valentine's day, while intentions of love fill the earth, whether it be with another person, or an animal, a cause, or a place; may you fall in love!
<![CDATA[in gratitude]]>Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:27:54 GMThttp://raccoonriverbend.org/campfire-musings/in-gratitudeWE WOULD LIKE to begin the new year by saying
thank you

Joy S.



thanks a million

much obliged! ! !

new zieis 30 lb.
capacity digital

with great appreciation to the donors of the lauren townsend memorial wildlife fund


 AS I FINISHED writing this blog, I looked out the window and saw our resident barred owl hunting from a maple tree limb.  He touched down to earth, pouncing upon a mouse which he immediately swallowed!

<![CDATA[forward]]>Sun, 31 Dec 2017 17:05:12 GMThttp://raccoonriverbend.org/campfire-musings/forwardPicture
         IT WAS 25 BELOW zero here at Raccoon River Bend this morning, and we are all starting to look like this little squirrel.  But we remind ourselves, "ears above shoulders, and shoulders above hips," as we move through the seasons and into the new year.

we   are
f o r

<![CDATA[happy holidays]]>Mon, 18 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://raccoonriverbend.org/campfire-musings/happy-holidaysPicture
    E T E R N I T Y
How do you catch
the shape of a raindrop
before it falls?
How do you catch the essence
of love
in a word?

how do you feel
without surrender?
how do you feel
without being free?


 what is freedom
if your spirit sits still?
we are flow,
water streaming down
rushing mountain-sides,
wind blowing through whispering
this is the ecstacy
which moves my soul
to freedom.

I am the movement
in the moment of stillness,
my breath rippling through my
empty thoughts,
my body existing without the need for stress or tension:
I am loose, I am free.

I am the sweet wind's melody
echoing through the rustling trees,
I am the bubbling water
above a tadpole's kiss,
I am the stealthy lynx
slipping secretively


through the arms of trees,
I touch all, but none can keep me. . . .

how do you catch
the shape of a raindrop
before it falls?
how do you catch the essence
of love
in a word?

 I am the eagle
soaring over limitless space
I am the child's echoing laughter
which never fades away,
I am the embrace of a mother,
of infinite love.

I am the sky which shows us endless joy,
I am the Earth forever giving love,
I am the connecting power
which links divine and mortal:
without us, infinity could not exist.

We are vessels for light
reflecting each other with joy,
illuminating the soft darkness,
opening our arms to the wisdom of the womb. . . .


 how do you catch
the shape of a raindrop
before it falls?
how do you catch the essence
of love
in a word?

Hilary Davies


 Please turn up the volume on your speakers!

thank you laurie h. *

<![CDATA[gracias]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://raccoonriverbend.org/campfire-musings/gracias

We would like to say thank you to all of the kind souls out there who helped us in so many ways this year.  It means so much to us, and to the animals, to know that there are such caring individuals ready and willing to give of themselves.

"The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart."

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince