The Wild

We conserve native habitat for the resident birds, mammals, pollinators and beneficial insects.  With this in mind, we choose to leave certain areas untouched and preserve wildlife corridors so the deer, coyotes, wild turkeys, and bobcats that are regular visitors. Often, when possible, downed trees, and branches, are left to slowly decompose in the wooded areas to provide valuable habitat for the numerous species of wildlife, and the beautiful fungi we observe here in the winter months get to work so quickly!

We’ve planted a large mix of native species along our borders to function as hedgerows. These “living fences” serve a multitude of functions: habitat, forage (the berries of native plants are an important food source for many birds and mammals), wind breaks, privacy, and also hide unsightly views. But most important to us, we like to think of these hedgerows as the place where the cultivated meets the wild, the “edges of the forest” so to speak because it is on these edges where one often finds the most diversity.

In our relatively short time on the farm, we have found a most gratifying connection to nature’s rhythms. We’ve had the good fortune of observing “the wild” that calls this area home and some, we see & hear like clockwork. It has quite a calming effect to observe this natural world going about their busy lives on a daily basis.

We hope to share more pictures of the wilds we’ve had the good fortune to observe.

Bobcat
Alligator LizardFish
BatWestern Pond TurtleSalamander
CoyoteFrogGopher Snake
Mountain LionGround SquirrelRabbit
GopherMoleSkunk
OpossumGartner SnakeBlack-Tailed Deer

and all the birds…

  • Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
  • Hooded Oriole
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Barn Owl
  • Turkey Vulture
  • California Quail
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Wild Turkey
  • Duck
  • Barn Swallow
  • California Towhee
  • Red Tailed Hawk
  • Red Shouldered Hawk
  • Oak Titmouse
  • White Tailed Kite
  • Phoebe
  • Cooper Hawk
  • Golden Crowned Sparrow
  • Acorn Woodpecker
  • Western Meadow Lark
  • Mourning Dove
  • House Finch
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Steller’s Jay
  • Hummingbird
  • Olive Sided Flycatcher
  • Wren
  • Osprey
  • Snowy Egret
  • Pygmy Nuthatch
  • Bushtit
  • Hooded Oriole
  • Northern Flicker
  • American Robin
  • Brewers Blackbird
  • Yellow Rumped Warbler
  • California Thrasher
  • Peregrine Falcon

If we step out a couple miles from our home we could add all the sea birds and sea life nearby…humpback whales, dolphins, sea otters, sea lions, pelicans, and more!