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Farmer Frog Blog : Category : Wildlife

Coming Soon to Paradise Farm - Fergus and Sirius, the Livestock Guardian Dogs

Wildlife of Paradise Farm - Why Do Surveys
Sirius (near fence), and Fergus (behind). Bonding well already.

As you may have seen in the September 2017 Frog Blog, Farmer Frog’s Paradise Farm site shares its space with LOTS of wildlife. In the past year we have documented black bear, black-tailed deer, bobcat, owl, rabbit, coyotes and river otters, just to name a few, traveling through the fifteen-acre farm site which is located in the 793-acre Paradise Valley Conservation Area.

The Wildlife of Paradise Farm: Why do habitat surveys?

The past three months at Paradise Farm have been very busy as Farmer Frog appreciated volunteers at July’s potluck, the Black Bear family grew and thrived, and people planted, harvested, and ate food together. Potluck attendees took a tour of the farm to see how Farmer Frog is bringing the farm site back into agricultural use with practices that support the Paradise Valley ecosystem.

Wildlife of Paradise Farm: Black Bears Project

Now that Farmer Frog has signed the lease with Snohomish County Parks & Recreation (April 15, 2017), activities have begun to discover the wildlife species who call Paradise Farm home. The farm is part of the 793-acre Paradise Valley Conservation Area located at the headwaters of the Sammamish watershed. The area features a 13-mile natural surface trail system open to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use on approximately 130 acres while setting the rest aside for wildlife habitat.

Wildlife of Paradise Farm: Rabbit, Coyote, and Deer

As reported in last month’s blog, wildlife monitoring activities at Paradise Farm have begun. Thanks to Grace Coale’s donation of time and supplies, two of the eight trail cameras Farmer Frog is seeking for the “Black Bear Project” have been installed. Grace, a lifetime naturalist, has worked on wildlife monitoring projects around the Puget Sound region that have provided best available science to local decision makers around conservation issues and land use practices. Make sure to stop and have a chat if you see her tracking around the farm. She has a lot to share.