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Why squirrels sing to the sky

I have trees around my house that seem to be filled with squirrel families. They build large nests to raise their families in, and because they are in tall Scots pine trees you can watch them run straight up the trunk to the nest. Most afternoons they sit in the trees and make their squirrel sound for hours. It sounds like a creaky branch, eehh, eehh. If my daughter sings they all stop and listen, and resume when she’s finished her song.

I was eating lunch outside and thought “why do they do that? No one ever replies to their sound.” So I asked the squirrel consciousness why they made their sound. “We’re singing to the sky.” And that was enough explanation for anyone who was not human. “I don’t understand what singing to the sky is.” I said.  Silence, then “I don’t understand your question, how can you not know what we’re doing.” Then the usual explanation: “I’m human and we don’t know anything, please can you explain.”

I had a nut thrown at me.

“We sing to give energy to the sky; our sound creates energy around our trees. This has a knock-on effect of connecting us to others, but the main purpose is to put energy into the sky.” So this is like fish swimming in the sea, stirring and energising the oceans, the squirrels and birds (guessing here) are energising the sky. They see themselves living at the bottom of the sky, and they care for it through sound. If you’ve watched them run down branches and jump you can follow that they see themselves as flying creatures, at home leaping through the sky.

I asked if they had anything else to tell me about being a squirrel, and they said they love to play. Then I got a big, soft squirrel hug, and the consciousness was gone.

I wrote an earlier blog about the sky’s relationship to the oceans: http://www.candacecaddick.com/2011/05/extreme-weather/

The Big Story: Spring 2011

by Candace Caddick

There has been only one topic of conversation outside in the natural world these last few months. The birds have been singing about it, the squirrels are chattering it, and the tree roots have been drumming it through the soil. How can we be the only ones who have no idea of what is coming? I had to ask my cat what was going on and get the blank incomprehension of “you don’t know? How can you not know what is going to happen? Pet me.” So what is going to happen? I ask. “It’s the end/beginning.”

Every spring the trees wake up and the flowers and plants rise out of the soil. The baby animals and insects are born and life takes a great leap from sleepiness to aliveness. So what’s so different this year?

This is the year, the first in many, many millennia that the Earth herself is waking up.* Think of it like this, we humans have been riding in an ocean on the back of a sleeping whale. The whale wakes up and takes off, choosing her own path and making her own decisions. We hang on for the ride and try not to fall off.

How embarrassing is it to need to have my cat explain this to me? We humans are so disconnected from the rest of life.

*Planets asleep covered in Planet Earth Today.