That morning I was working in the Haney House flower beds. I heard a group of coyotes sing in the distance. It struck me as strange, as in the six years of working at R.J. Haney Heritage Village, I have never heard coyotes. It was around 10 a.m.

I heard them again about half an hour later and they sounded closer. Katie was working at the Kiosk welcoming visitors and I asked her if she had heard them. She said she had heard something but thought it was the birds.

I heard them for the third time after the installer left to get more pieces of the monument. They sounded really close and Katie verified that she heard them as well.

I went up and looked at the stone statue. I thought that it was a wolf as I hadn't gone close, not knowing what the protocol was.

I was stunned to learn later that the monument was a coyote pillar. It truly sent shivers through me.

I haven’t heard them since, but hope they return.

Debi Stone
Head Gardener
R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum