Jay Cooney

The rush of our daily preoccupations can blind us to the realities of other species constantly unfolding in wild places. Windows into the lives of nonhuman animals, such as observing wolves tumbling playfully in the snow, reveal that humans are not the lone minds of the biosphere. Noticing one bold elk lead a herd while the others lag behind warily can illuminate the reality that nonhuman animals are not identical and robotic, but are distinctive individuals each living out unique experiences. A silent mountainside walk beneath the stars may remind us that we too evolved amongst the wonder of the unrestrained living world, and that total isolation from such natural experiences would be impoverishing. Conservation ought to embrace this knowledge by not only preserving animal population numbers, but also ensuring that our impact does not suppress their inner lives.

The rapidly changing future of our environment challenges us to value the birthright of all biodiversity, our future generations included, to the land, waters, and skies that shaped our existence.



Content provided by Canisius College students under the direction of Michael Noonan, PhD.