Message 13

Activities:

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Bird Language 3 is here ! And proposes a few very practical activities that you can do to learn the birds in your area and what they are saying.
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Did you like the song from last week? Stef made another version with the lyrics from the French translation of that song.
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The rains are finally coming this week and will stimulate the mycelium to fruit! Click here for a scavenger hunt about the mushroom world.
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Resources:

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How to wear a mask safely! Tips from an expert. French / English.
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Cleo is doing a callout for storytellers for an upcoming storytelling podcast- have a story? check this out:
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Reflections:

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Last Night the Rain Spoke To Me

By Mary Oliver

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Last night
the rain
spoke to me
slowly, saying,

what joy
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again

in a new way
on the earth!
That’s what it said
as it dropped,

smelling of iron,
and vanished
like a dream of the ocean
into the branches

and the grass below.
Then it was over.
The sky cleared.
I was standing

under a tree.
The tree was a tree
with happy leaves,
and I was myself,

and there were stars in the sky
that were also themselves
at the moment,
at which moment

my right hand
was holding my left hand
which was holding the tree
which was filled with stars

and the soft rain—
imagine! imagine!
the wild and wondrous journeys
still to be ours.

Message 12

Activities:

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Here’s a video of a song to watch and learn. Sung by our amazing staff Stefanie, the song is “Oh Lovely Spring by Orlando Di Lasso.
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Here’s another video on knife carving by Steve with some suggested techniques to make your carving experience more ergonomic, and also includes a demonstration of how to carve a coyote sculpture to practice the techniques.
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For your next urban adventure, try this scavenger hunt for the city created by Benoit.
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Resources:

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Learn bird language (in english) with Dan Gardoqui and Kristi Dranginis, a six week online course with daily excercises, weekly videos and group mentoring calls.
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An online mushroom gardening course (in french) next Saturday for three hours.
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Have Celtic ancestors and/or interested in how they survived thousands of years ago? Check this youtube video on “Highlander Survival Equipment” (english).
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Reflections:

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Here’s another poem by Mary Oliver called ”Spring”:
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Somewhere
a black bear
has just risen from sleep
and is staring

down the mountain.
All night
in the brisk and shallow restlessness
of early spring

I think of her,
her four black fists
flicking the gravel,
her tongue

like a red fire
touching the grass,
the cold water.
There is only one question:

how to love this world.
I think of her
rising
like a black and leafy ledge

to sharpen her claws against
the silence
of the trees.
Whatever else

my life is
with its poems
and its music
and its glass cities,

it is also this dazzling darkness
coming
down the mountain,
breathing and tasting;

all day I think of her—
her white teeth,
her wordlessness,
her perfect love.

Message 11

Hey everyone ! We hope you are safe and sound and enjoying the budding spring life.

 

Activities:
Attached is a scavenger hunt from Benoit on the theme of our friends from the plant world- level 2.Check it out! Chasse aux Plantes 2 Plant Scavenger hunt 2

 

Here’s two songs sung by our good friend and prolific Montreal artist and choir director, Eleuthera. Be like a Bird and also The River is Flowing.
You can stream her most recent album here.
This is her singing in a park and then getting jumped on by a squirrel ?!

 

This Wednesday evening on ZOOM our friends at Canopée (the people caretaking the parks of Laval) have an awesome nature games night. Check it out and test your nature knowledge.

 

Resources:
Here’s a link to a top notch design for a DIY face mask. There’s a lot out there. This is a really good one that can be made relatively easily. We might all be wearing masks for a while, why not have a reusable, safe and stylish one that you made yourself? A sowing machine will make this a lot easier if you have one, but it can be handstitched as well.

 

Our teen program crew watched and discussed this interesting video on Gratitude backed by some solid science. It’s visual very stimulating and the content is very insightful. What are you grateful for today?

 

Reflection:
By popular demand, another poem by the great Wendell Berry:

 

Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here.
All the best,
The Coyote Programs team–

Message 10

Activities:

Here’s the next (and maybe last, for now! ) episode of Where we belong. What do you think Cleo wishes for? What would you wish for?
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Here’s a fun Plant Scavenger Hunt made by coyote staff Benoit. Themed mostly around trees. This is a great activity to do with your young one (and for yourself!) to learn start to recognize more of the patterns in the plant life around us.
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Throwback to summer camps 2019! This song was sung frequently at our camps. It’s Leonard Cohen words put to music.

Resources:

Here is a handy tool to start to get better at identifying bird species in your area from our good friend Brian (in english only).
How to identify Birds: 21 tips to rapidly improve your bird identification skills.
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Here is a helpful link to the government site if you are interested in taking up a fishing hobby! A great way to spend time outside, spaced apart, and connecting with the land.
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Here’s an awesome planting schedule from le Jardin botanique, which will tell you when to start your seedlings, when to direct sow, or when to plant your transplants that you started indoors.

Reflection:

Here’s another inspiring poem that warms our hearts in troubled times that was shared with our Teen program ZOOM call last Sunday:
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The Peace of Wild Things, by Wendell Berry
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When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
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