The Golden-winged Warbler – Gone but not Forgotten

One of our foot trails at the nature sanctuary will forever be associated with a particular bird, a beautiful member of the warbler family called the Golden-winged Warbler. Twenty years ago, the species was not easy to come by in Central New York, but now they are virtually impossible to find – especially during the […]

Workshops with Dawn Hayman – 2019

Registration is now open for both of Dawn Hayman’s two workshops for 2019. Dawn will once again be teaching with the animals in Animal Wisdom for the Human Heart and sharing many of her experiences with animals and humans on the topic of death/dying/living in her workshop Embracing Spirit/Embracing Life. Please see our Workshop with […]

From Frankie

From Frankie: “I have lost my vision but I have never lost sight of who I am. Nor have I forgotten that life is beautiful. I am most grateful for my companions. And my companions come in many shapes and sizes and forms. I learn from all of them. No one should ever feel sorry […]

From Joy

From Joy: “I have a unique view on life because I nearly died – twice. For me, when I came to that instant to decide to stay or not, the very thing that drew me back to fight to stay alive was what I was grateful for in life. I have learned a lot of […]

From Lindy

From Lindy: “I am grateful for being allowed to grow old. Some of you may think that is an odd thing to be grateful for. But if you were a goat, you’d understand that not all goats grow old. Many are not given that opportunity. I think humans need to look at the fact that […]

From Lorinda

From Lorinda: “I believe that we should never have to look too far to find things to be grateful for. If we can’t find anything close by, then for sure we need to move to where the scenery is better. The smallest things in my world can bring me the most gratitude. A loving hand. […]

From Mabel

From Mabel: “I may be old but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a life to live. I am grateful for more things than I can possibly list. I love my friends and will fiercely guard their hearts with mine. I love my barn. I love my people. I love my world. I may be […]

From O’Malley

From O’Malley: “Oh, my goodness! I have so much to say and never enough time to say it. This is what I have learned so far in life. It is always better to know that no matter what you think you know, there is always more to learn. Sometimes we teach, but always we learn. […]

From Kernel

From Kernel: “I am grateful for my friends who have helped me figure out how to get around in this world and operate in this body. I feel lots of things around me that many others don’t seem to notice. I know when someone isn’t feeling well or when someone is hurting inside but can’t […]

From Tessie

From Tessie: “I wish that everyone could feel the gentle kindness of love in their lives. When I curl up with my favorite humans or other cats, it makes me purr with joy. I often try to send that purr out into the world to find other cats who aren’t so lucky. I once was […]

From TLC

From TLC: “I am grateful for spending a lifetime of learning to be who I am without someone trying to make me who I am not. I know I should say more, but truly that says everything. I see other horses come in here with broken spirits. It is actually painful to watch them. It’s […]

From Lucy

From Lucy: “There is not a day that goes by that I am not grateful for what is made possible to me in my life. I cherish the sun each day, even when we can’t see it through the rain. I love the air that I breathe. I love the grass and the trees and […]

From Trevor

From Trevor: “I live life by one basic principle. Pile everything as high as you can on my list of things to experience! I want to do it all. I want to climb to great heights. I want to explore all there is to know. I want to greet every person I can with enough […]

From Meloudee

From Meloudee: “You can never be too old to learn new things in life. I have been known to be a bit difficult and stubborn through my early years. Ok, through the middle ones too. And…. Yes, even somewhat in my later years. But, life always gives you the opportunity to try something else. For […]

From Misty Mew

From Misty Mew: “I am grateful for everything and every day. People keep wondering why I haven’t been adopted yet. But they are a little slow at picking up here that I don’t want to go anywhere. This is my home. Right here. Because I have a job. I am the official greeter cat at […]

From Brandy

From Brandy: “When I stand out in my pasture with my friends, I am reminded of the fact that I almost didn’t survive to get here to this place of peace. As my body has learned to trust again that compassion and kindness can survive the harshest of treatments, I am able to reach out […]

From Flora

From Flora: “I originally came to this farm with three other goat friends. We came from a very traumatic beginning. We lost some of our friends in very hard circumstances. It was tough to watch and I try not to remember their loss. But we got here to this farm safely. And the four of […]

From Cora

From Cora: “To be alive is a special opportunity. I have lived in the midst of darkness, where life was not seen as a treasure and where animals were not seen as having feelings. Yet, I still perceived that the humans had feelings. I didn’t see them as evil. But I saw them as being […]

From Charlie

From Charlie: “Sunshine. I am most grateful for sunshine. When I feel the sun warm my body, especially on a cold day, it reminds me how connected I feel to everything around me. My cells soak up the sunshine and then I store that within my body. When my human friends come in at night, […]

From Eloise

From Eloise: “My list of things to be grateful for is so long that you don’t have time to read it. People need to make more time to be grateful. I’m finding this to be a trend. Hurry. Hurry. Hurry. You don’t take time to enjoy what you are doing. For example, when my food […]

From Dusty

From Dusty: “I am grateful for times when it is quiet. Sometimes humans make an awful lot of noise. I wonder how they keep functioning like that actually. I like it when it gets really quiet. I love hearing the breeze in the trees or the rain on a quiet day. I love the stillness […]

From Belle

From Belle: “I am grateful for my freedom to live life the way I wanted to live it. Most people would have decided I was quite useless and would have ended my life as I would have become an inconvenience. I am grateful to live in a place where I can grow old and frail […]

From Carley

From Carley: “I may be tiny, but I am not insignificant. If you think I’m small, you’ll second guess that when you hear my huge voice! I am bigger inside than I look. And I want people to know that just because some of us are little, doesn’t mean that we matter less. I think […]