Meet Eric

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Eric Remington, who is both a Buddhist Monk and a Nature lover, was also a very dear friend of Koko, the gorilla who taught us that gorillas can use sign language to express their thoughts and feelings quite clearly.  He has spent many hours at The Gorilla Foundation’s former gorilla sanctuary, which is currently a safe harbor for various animal species.

Eric is particularly fond and knowledgeable about birds and reptiles and has observed and documented dozens of them at the sanctuary.  In this blog, Eric will be sharing his wisdom and love of Nature, Koko, all animals, and life with us — through poems, photos and stories.   We hope it inspires you to develop a closer relationship with Mother Nature too, and help us all find ways to sustain her — and us.

Following is a list of some of the birds Eric has identified, to-date, at Koko’s sanctuary.

And below that is a poem by Eric that expresses his love for all living beings …


Birds that Dwell at Koko’s Sanctuary (as of April 2021)
Acorn Woodpecker
American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Robin
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bald Eagle
Band-Tailed Pigeon
Barn Owl
Barn Swallow
Belted Kingfisher
Black Phoebe
Black-Crowned Night Heron
Black-Headed Grosbeak
Brewer’s Blackbird
Brown Creeper
Brown-Headed Cowbird
California Quail
California Thrasher
Canada Goose
Cedar Waxwing
Chestnut-Backed Chickadee
Clark’s Nutcracker
Cliff Swallow
Common Raven
Common Snipe
Cooper’s Hawk
Dark-Eyed Junco
Downy Woodpecker
European Starling
Evening Brosbeak
Fox Sparrow
Golden Eagle
Golden-Crowned Sparrow
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Great Horned Owl
Hairy Woodpecker
Hammond’s Flycstcher
Hermit Thrush
Hooded Oriole
House Finch
House Sparrow
House Wren
Lesser Scamp
Loggerhead Shrike
Mac Gilliray’s Warbler
Mocking Bird
Morning Dove
Night Hawk
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Olive-Sided Flyctcher
Orange-Crowned Warbler
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Pine Siskin
Plain Titmouse
Poor Will
Purple Martin
Pygmy Nuthatch
Pygmy Owl
Red-Breasted Nuthatch
Red-Breasted Sapsucker
Red-Shafted Flicker
Red-Shouldered Hawk
Red-Tailed Hawk
Red-Winged Blackbird
Rock Dore
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
Rufous-Sided Towhee
Saw-Whet Owl
Scrub Jay
Setller’s Jay
Sharp-Shinned Hawk
Solitary Vireo
Song Sparrow
Townsend’s Warbler
Tree Swallow
Turkey Vulture
Varied Thrush
Western Bluebird
Western Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Western Screech Owl
Western Tanager
Western Wood-Pewee
Westernn Gull
White-Breasted Nuthatch
White-Crowned Sparrow
White-Throated Swift
Wilson’s Warbler
Winter Wren
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-Rumped Warbler


A poem by Eric Remington: