Today we are hungry for time. It is daylight savings. So Chris and I are wandering about the house like a train wreck waiting for more sleep and less strain like the rest of the western world.
However, outside of the kitchen window we have a zoo. An ‘eight hooter’ has set himself up in the apple tree. A goshawk has taken over the bur oak. The feeders are showing the big birds a bounty of sunflower seeds while the ‘little’ feeders are crowded with golden finches – I call them golden flinches (lol) – and redpolls. The tops of the two basswoods by the garden’s entrance show the flowering forms of bohemian waxwings. Above the zoo soar our ravens who live in the upper reaches of the barn on the massive timbers of black ash – trees that no longer reach these enormous sizes because they were cut down somewhere in the fifteen-hundreds.
To go back to the zoo, the ‘eight hooter’ is an owl. It is the one with liquid brown eyes. He is a barred owl who loves mice and rodents. This creature seems to know us, all of our comings and goings. He sits in his apple tree watching in wonder with complete stillness until the blue jays find him. Then all hell breaks loose. A dozen screaming feathered friends wipe the smile off the owl’s face and he returns the visit with a series of barks, yes, just like a dog.
This is how the winter games go on. They are fed by hunger, because all of nature is hungry this winter. The summer was so hot that the majority of the plants that feed the natural world did not seed. There are very few accords, same for all the hickories, the butternuts and the walnuts. The small perennials and annuals, too, had a poor seed set. This is just the beginning; I will keep the feeders going all summer again, like I did last year.
I have been very busy this past six months. I will have three books coming out. The first is a groundbreaking book, ‘The International Handbook of Forest Therapy’, edited by Dieter Kotte and three others. The publishers are Cambridge Scholars Publishing in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. The other is, ‘To Speak for the Trees, My Life’s Journey from Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest’, by Penguin Random House in September. The last is recent news tome, as it is a podcast with Gary Null in the US, so I must wait and see.
The team at Merit Motion Pictures in Winnipeg are going strong. Jeff McKay is working hard to expand the viewing of ‘Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees’ into the US and Europe. This is a difficult task for so many reasons but both he and I are hopeful that we will get the show on the road very soon. In the meantime I will ask you to pass the word along to as many people as you can. We have less than 10 years left to make a difference to climate change. The film holds the answers. They are quick and easy…
Diana Beresford-Kroeger will return to her ancestral homeland of Ireland as a featured guest aboard Adventure Canada’s Ireland Circumnavigation, June 9–20, 2019! If you would like to participate in this cultural and educational journey, please visit Adventure Canada’s website to learn more about this voyage of a lifetime to the Emerald Isle and to read Diana’s full biography. When you call, please reference Call of the Forestto receive a 15% discount.