The Green Wolf

My ask box is open. I answer most questions privately, unless it's something that other people may be wondering about AND it's not something personal about the person asking. Feel free to ask me stuff about nature, working with animal parts in art and spirituality, paganism, ethical omnivory, sustainability and environmentalism, and so forth.

Be aware that this Tumblr frequently includes pictures of art made with animal remains, as well as occasional left-leaning political ideologies. Mostly it's nature photography and art (and not just of charismatic megafauna).

Artist, author, naturalist pagan, and wannabe polymath living in the Pacific Northwe(s)t.


I discovered neopaganism in the mid-1990s, and shortly thereafter began my work with animal totems and neoshamanism. Over the years I've wandered through various paths, ranging from Wicca-flavored neopaganism to Chaos magic, and for several few years I created (and followed) Therioshamanism, a post-industrial neo-shamanic path. These days I've relaxed into a more integrated ecopaganism, less about rituals and journeying, and more about the sacred in every moment.

I've also been creating various neopagan ritual tools and other sacred art from hides, bones, beads and other such things since about the same time. And I've written several nonfiction books on totemism, animal magic, and related topics. My newest book is "Plant and Fungus Totems: Connect With Spirits of Field, Forest and Garden"..

A few places to find me, as I'm all over the internet:


http://www.thegreenwolf.com
http://thegreenwolf.etsy.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenWolfLupa
www.patheos.com/blogs/pathsthroughtheforests/
http://www.patreon.com/user?u=224084
In short, leave those bunnies alone! Same thing with baby deer. However, baby birds can safely be put back in their nests—or if you can’t reach the nest, securely zip-tie (or otherwise fasten without nails so you don’t hurt the tree) an empty plastic butter container (like the small Country Crock ones) with some nesting material in it as high as you can to the tree the nest is in and put the baby in there. Often the parents will visit both nests. 
If you do find baby animals where you know the mother/parents are dead/not coming back/have abandoned the baby, PLEASE take the babies to the nearest wildlife rehab center. This includes squirrels, raccoons, etc. as well as the above. Yes, I know there are stories of “I raised these baby squirrels and they turned out just fine! They even come and visit me!” However, most people don’t manage to care for the wild critters well enough and the animals end up malnourished, sick, or dead. (Fun fact: did you know baby rabbits eat their mother’s droppings to get necessary bacterial components to build their immune systems?)
A wildlife rehab is simply a better place with more resources and training, and additionally they focus on minimizing human contact enough that the animals that can be released back into the wild will be less likely to equate humans with “source of food”, which never goes well for the animal. 

In short, leave those bunnies alone! Same thing with baby deer. However, baby birds can safely be put back in their nests—or if you can’t reach the nest, securely zip-tie (or otherwise fasten without nails so you don’t hurt the tree) an empty plastic butter container (like the small Country Crock ones) with some nesting material in it as high as you can to the tree the nest is in and put the baby in there. Often the parents will visit both nests. 

If you do find baby animals where you know the mother/parents are dead/not coming back/have abandoned the baby, PLEASE take the babies to the nearest wildlife rehab center. This includes squirrels, raccoons, etc. as well as the above. Yes, I know there are stories of “I raised these baby squirrels and they turned out just fine! They even come and visit me!” However, most people don’t manage to care for the wild critters well enough and the animals end up malnourished, sick, or dead. (Fun fact: did you know baby rabbits eat their mother’s droppings to get necessary bacterial components to build their immune systems?)

A wildlife rehab is simply a better place with more resources and training, and additionally they focus on minimizing human contact enough that the animals that can be released back into the wild will be less likely to equate humans with “source of food”, which never goes well for the animal. 

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