November’s Featured Nature Poem

The Voice of the Crow

The time of the voice of the crow is here.

The time of corn leaves rasping in the wind.

The time of skies that hurt the eye.


The land is dun.

The trees stand naked in their skins.


The year is broken.

Crows fly across the gap.



Written By: Leah Helen May

Let the broken be healed, let the lost be found and fed….

A very special WildCare “thank you” is extended to the Pastors and Members of St. Thomas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bloomington for its recognition of our mission and special collection for WildCare at the church’s services on Sunday, October 2. The St. Thomas Community honored the work of St. Francis with a St.Francis Sunday Blessing of Creatures.

October’s Featured Nature Poem


Bird of Darkness


Listen to the eerie calls

of Barred owls perched along

the wooded edges of the creek.

Hunters of the night, their soft flight gives

no warning to the small beasts

they harvest from winter fields,

just a terrifying flare of wings,

the stun of talons driven home.


Silent death descends,

punctures life’s bubble,

bears the still-warm flesh away.

Sudden, simple, done.


Bird of darkness, when you come for me

surprise me  in the smother of your wings.

Play no cat games but strike

hard and true. Swallow me whole,

hair, hide, and bones, complete.



Written By: Leah Helen May


This Month’s Featured Poem

September Moment


Mama cardinal is looking sleek again,

her olive-green feathers tinged

with cream and persimmon hues.


No more, the dull draggled look

of nesting season.


No more, the constant gaping importunity

of cheeping beaks.


Nothing to hold her to the nest

now that it’s empty.


Not so much as a flash of red

or a note of song

from Papa cardinal

to entice her to do it all over again.


She will do it all over again,

next year.


This morning, her only plan

is to fill her own belly

after a few more moments

on this quiet twig.




Written by: Margaret Fisher Squires







WildCare extends heartfelt thanks to the group known as Five Women Poets who raised substantial funds for WildCare at their chapbook reading on May 15th. The poets read their poems from their book “Birds of a Feather” and have graciously allowed WildCare to publish the poems on this website. Watch for them on a monthly basis. Thank you to Patricia C. Coleman, Deborah Pender Hutchinson, Nancy Chen Long, Antonia Matthew, Leah Helen May, Anya Peterson Royce and Margaret Fisher Squires.


Enjoy and evening of wine tasting on the patio and a variety of animal encounters for the whole family at the Butler Winery, 6200 Robinson Road, Bloomington, IN on June 25, 2016 from 6 PM to 9 PM. Proceeds to benefit WildCare Inc. Appetizers will be served. This family friendly event is a perfect way to spend an early summer evening. Admission is $20 per adult (includes wine tasting), $10 for the first child and $5 each additional child.