Archive for June, 2011

ISES Update

May was a busy transition month chez ISES.  Corie Jo participated in
her first Tom Brown Tracker School course and returned inspired with
new insights about connecting people with Nature. Exploring game
trails with CJ will take on a new perspective. Our extended family
has grown with the recent additions of Celine (UK) and Angus (CT),
both of which have also found their ‘niche’ in the dining room. They
will be with us through June.



Once again we find our facilities one of the few in Quebec still
accepting orphaned wild animals. It’s a discouraging thought: with
all the urban sprawl enveloping natural habitat at exponential rates
our municipal governments should be providing rescue shelters for
displaced orphaned wild animals.

Yet, through the misfortunes of
these orphans we meet extraordinary people who commit long hours of
shuttling for the rescued.  It’s these selfless acts of volunteerism
that help fuel our resolve and we thank you for these acts of
compassion and support.  Perhaps municipal governments should be
charging rate payers and land developers a ‘wild animal rescue tax’
to help address the growing conflict between urbanization and the
natural world.


Animal Rescue Update

One of the recent arrivals – a wee duckling – has a special place in
our hearts. The woman who brought in ‘ducky’ had watched a car drive
over the hen & her entire brood without attempting to avoid them.
Numerous times during Spring I’ve been driving on the Ottawa River
Parkway only to experience 4-lane rush hour traffic came to a
standstill because geese or ducks were crossing the road with their
little troops double-timing to keep up. Go figure! In any event our
smallest addition has settled in.


Outdoor Recreation

ISES is more than rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned wild animals.
As summer ramps up we look forward to our outdoor recreation program:
husky dog carting, paddling Mackenzie canoes, discovering edible
wilds, staring into sunsets, campfires and starry nights. At ISES
discovering Nature is about connecting with the Land and creating


Upcoming Programs

Gap semester 10 weeks: Summer (rolling admission)

Gap semester 10 weeks: Fall (rolling admission)

Insight Quest Session 1: July 2nd- July 22nd (Study Tour: Nemaska)

Insight Quest Session 2: Jul 30th- August 19th (Study Tour: Gulf of St. Lawrence)


Quote of the Day

“It’s easy for us to blindly consume, when we dont see the effects it has on other places. The hardest thing in the world is to simply your life, it’s so easy to make it complex. What’s important is leading an examined life because most of the damaged caused by humans is caused unintentionally, I think. And in response to people saying,’You can’t go back.’ and I say, ‘Well what happens when you get to the edge of the cliff. Do you take one step forward or do 180° turn and take one step forward? Which way you goin? Which is progress?’ The solution to many of the world’s problems maybe to turn around and to take a forward step. You can’t just keep trying to make a flawed system work.”                    – Doug and Yvon (180 Degrees South- the documentary)

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