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 Message from Doris

 

Predator Prevention and Educational Barnyard Program (PEEP) Updates

 

  

 

Dear Supporters,


 

Once our new PEEP was approved by our board members, there was no stopping our progress. We are all very excited to be able to create a place for the public to visit where they can see live examples of "wildlife friendly" techniques to protect livestock from predation. This is the first of its kind in the United States.

 

Here is a picture of our PEEP Barn where guardian and livestock animals will be able to live in a well-protected enclosure so they are safe at night. Predation can be a common occurrence if your animals are not brought in to safety. If you would like to volunteer some time to help build this, please call us. We would love your help.


 

 

We plan to develop an educational program for junior volunteers to "run" this part of the education barnyard. We will let you know when to submit an application for your child to participate. We are still considering the minimum age requirement for the barnyard. More updates will continue to come.


 

A junior volunteer finds golden eggs 

 

 

Have you heard the word catio? A catio is an enclosed cat patio, which allows indoor/outdoor cats to be "outside" but safe. Here is a picture of our catio which will be a magnificent example of protecting your cat from potential conflict with some species of wildlife, while protecting other species of wildlife from your cat. We are grateful to Veronica Bowers, director of Native Songbird Care and Conservation for contributing a "start-up" donation to help us begin this very important project. Again, more updates will be heading your way to keep you informed of our progress on the catio. We are accepting donations to help keep this project in the "building" phase. 

 

Check out the new rail in front of the wolf dog enclosure. This will protect any of our educational livestock from getting too close, while keeping little fingers out too. We still have a bit more to add to this.

 

Of course our chickens are one of the most important new additions to our very diverse wildlife family. They will be "living proof" of how wildlife friendly techniques really do work to protect your beloved pets and farm animals.

 

Lastly, look at the beautiful garden. Wow, what progress! We just received our State of California Certified Producer's Certificate so now we can go to the Farmers Markets and introduce PEEP while selling produce and nursery items. Thousands of people who visit the Go Local Farmer's Markets will be able to learn new ways to protect their gardens from wildlife predation as well.


 

 

Please let us know if you would like to help by calling us at 707-992-0274. 

Here are some ideas for you:

Junior Volunteer Barn Yard Team

Gardener

Barn Builder

Landscaper

Farmer's Market Docent

 

We hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you again for all your support.

Doris Duncan

Executive Director

 

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Doris Duncan
Executive Director 

Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
Registered 501(c)(3) Non Profit.

 

Family Forest Movie Night: Raccoon Nation


 
 

We're excited to announce our first Family Forest Movie Night! On Saturday, August 1st, from 5 PM-7 PM, we are having a night dedicated to families and raccoons! Come at five to make your own raccoon mask, then eat raccoon themed snacks while watching Raccoon Nation. After the movie, we'll go see how Carlos and Rowdy, our Education Raccoons, use their paws to open an enrichment puzzle box. It's just $20 per family. Reservations not required but appreciated, so we have enough supplies for all. This event is geared towards families with children, but all ages are welcome to attend! 



 

Marsupial Pregnancy
 

 


Here at SCWR we were incredibly privileged to see something most people will never see: newborn opossums. What's even more incredible is that the mother came in pregnant. Opossums are only pregnant for roughly two weeks before they give birth to tiny fetus-like babies. These babies crawl through her fur to her pouch, where they stay for several more months. When this opossum came in, we saw that she was lactating but did not have any babies attached. We quickly put her outside in a nice quiet place. About a week later we checked, and as you can see above, she had her babies! They were smaller than a gummy bear, about the size of a bean. Now, two weeks later, they're more than doubled in size, and are looking more like an animal! Watch the babies grow up on our Facebook page, as we'll be posting pictures.