I am a student of Michael Harner, the famous teacher of shamanic journeying. During my first successful journey to the underworld I met my totem animal. This duck is unlike any I have ever seen with my binoculars. He remains in my consciousness after 15 years. I never fail to pause and watch ducks and I always remember that I have a special connection with them. They have something to tell me – usually to remind me that I am not separate from nature. A short 3 mile hike through a local wetland can reveal not only ducks but flickers, sapsuckers, redwinged blackbirds, herons, egrets, bald eagles and much more.