In this inspiring episode of Muse Ecology, we hear songs and conversation from my visit early spring of this year with musical artist Peia. While many restoration ecologists and regenerative agriculturalists are working to restore harmony at the ecosystem level, Peia is one of the bards doing important work at the level of human emotion and narrative; inspiring open, courageous hearts and reminding us of what is sacred.
Starting with this episode, Peia’s song The Old Ways Restored will now be the theme music for the Muse Ecology introduction, setting a magical and adventurous tone for each episode before we hear some of the voices and grooves of people and place as we make our way back to harmony.
You can find out more of Peia’s work, and see a schedule of her upcoming shows and workshops at peiasong.com
In this fifth and final episode in this series on the bison in the Great Plains, we visit the Savory Institute Headquarters in Colorado and speak with Daniela Howell, Director of the Savory Institute, and Allan Savory, inventor of the Holistic Management framework.
We also hear some collaborative discussion about how regenerative cattle ranchers might support efforts to facilitate the return of large roaming herds of wildlife to the prairie.
Continue reading “#8 Holistic Management, The Savory Institute, and Wild Bison”
Hello all. I’ve consolidated all of the webinars I’ve done into three playlists on the Muse Ecology Youtube channel. From now on, I’ll be hosting Muse Ecology Webinars using Global Earth Repair’s Zoom Webinar account, and those will go into the Muse Ecology Webinars playlist. Another playlist is the three panel webinars I hosted at the Global Earth Repair Conference 2019. The third playlist is an archive of all the Ecosystem Restoration Deep Dive Webinars. Many thanks to the Ecosystem Restoration Camps Foundation for asking me to start a webinar and providing use their Zoom Webinar account for the last year and a half.
Here’s the link for the webinar playlists. Cheers!
I’ll be hosting 3 panel discussions at the upcoming Global Earth Repair Conference in Port Townsend, Washington, May 3rd – 5th. You can register to join and participate in the Q and A. Below you’ll find descriptions and pre-registration links for the three panels, one each day of the conference.
These panels all include folks that are in past or to-be-edited Muse Ecology episodes, along with some other amazing people. I highly recommend attending, but if you can’t it will be on Youtube afterwards.
Wild Idea Buffalo Company is a bison ranching business that exists to conserve and restore the prairie ecosystem of the northern Great Plains. With no roundup, and an innovative field harvesting method, they care for the well-being of the bison, and as much as possible allow them to express their co-evolved behaviours.
You can follow their blog and order their bison meat at wildideabuffalo.com
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In this episode, we continue our investigation of the Great Plains Bison with a visit to 777 Bison Ranch near Rapid City, South Dakota. Owner Mimi Hilenbrandt and fellow operations manager Moritz Espy gave us a tour of the pastures and corrals. Along the way, we discussed differences and similarities between bison and cattle, the possibility of a buffalo commons, their business model and how it affects the bison, and how their decades of Holistic Management and bison grazing have led to regeneration of the prairie landscape. We also discussed a few of the complex questions the bison forces us to wrestle with.
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This webinar was a year in the dreaming and ended up being even more than I’d imagined. It’s long, so take a break if you need, but I highly recommend watching through to the end.
You can see the trust and friendship forming and I am excited to see what comes of these folks and more working together to enable wild bison to repopulate the Great Plains in a way that works in the greater holistic context. Continue reading “Wild Bison and Holistic Management: A Collaborative Conversation”
Tuesday March 5th, 1-3ishpm PST
Join us for this live webinar, where we will explore possible synergies between wildlife advocacy and regenerative ranching with Daniela Ibarra-Howell, director of the Savory Institute (upcoming Episode 8), and Mike Mease, co-founder of the Buffalo Field Campaign (Episode 4).
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In our visit with Mark Tilsen in the Black Hills for Episode 5 about Tanka Bar, our interview happened to take place right before a prayer walk to a proposed gold mining site up the creek from Mark’s place. As I began to include this synchronous content in the Tanka Bar episode, I realized that it lit up a section of the rabbit hole that needed it’s own episode for a proper introduction, so I created this bonus episode to explore some of the complexities that emerged while looking at gold mining in the Black Hills. It includes another historical introduction, audio from the prayer walk, and recordings from phone conversations with Mark Tilsen and Cheryl Rowe of Dakota Rural Action.
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In this episode, the second of four in this series on the bison in the Great Plains, we visit the lands of the Oglala Lakota in the Black Hills of Western South Dakota, where we met with Mark Tilsen, cofounder of Tanka Bar. Tanka Bar, a company owned and operated by the Oglala Lakota of the Pine Ridge Reservation, created the first commercial bison meat and fruit bar based on one of their sacred foods, called wasna. The mission of Tanka Bar is to restore the Pine Ridge landscape and economy by bringing back the buffalo.
Before the interview with Mark, I also share a bit more history of the time of the buffalo slaughter. I feel it’s useful to have some understanding of the creation of the wounds that Tanka Bar is working to help heal.
Continue reading “#5 Tanka Bar: for the Buffalo, the Land, and the People”