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Native Wildlife

“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.”

– David Attenborough

While we raise animals, plant gardens, and maintain the landscape, we are ever mindful that we share this land with a myriad of native wildlife species, from tiny insect pollinators, to full grown adult Mountain Lions.  The farm is situated within a fully functioning wild ecosystem, but human encroachment into wildland areas is fracturing habitat, and making it ever more challenging for some species, especially apex predators, to thrive.

As responsible livestock owners, we have built numerous lion-proof enclosures over the years, not just to keep our goats and poultry safe, but to protect the wildlife that lives here. With a little effort, we can coexist, share resources, and avoid any need to remove the wildlife that calls Curbstone Valley home.

Cat Among the Chickens

Cat Among the Chickens

Unlike the similarly titled Agatha Christie novel…there’s no mystery here, and today’s Fowl Friday post clearly falls into the non-fiction category. Late Wednesday afternoon, just after 4 PM, I was on the phone, when out of the corner of my eye I saw the side of the...

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Syrphid Flies

Syrphid Flies

Syrphid flies, also known as hover flies, or flower flies, are often overlooked, but these small beneficial insects are worth attracting to any garden. An important component of organic gardening is being aware of predator and prey relationships among the leaves and...

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Coast Range Fence Lizard

Coast Range Fence Lizard

As mentioned previously, we have two primary species of lizard here at Curbstone Valley, Alligator Lizards (Elgaria multicarinata multicarinata), and Coast Range Fence Lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis bocourtii). The most common of the two species by far is the Coast...

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Seeing Spots

Seeing Spots

In the past week we've been seeing lots of spots here, on our hillsides, in the meadow areas, and near the office.  These spots...   One, two, three...awwwwww. Some of you are no doubt well aware that our resident deer population has caused us more than a few...

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Coast Range Newt

Coast Range Newt

Yesterday's rain brought out another salamander species here at Curbstone Valley, the Coast Range Newt (Taricha torosa torosa), also known as the California Newt.  Each year, as the rains return, these newts can be seen scrabbling about the forest, and occasionally...

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Banana Slugs

Banana Slugs

It's fall, and we've noticed the banana slugs are more active around the property again, no doubt due to the cool damp weather.  Slugs are not usually favored in most gardens but, with a little research, we've come to realize these are actually beneficial creatures,...

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Native Brush Rabbit

Native Brush Rabbit

As I was getting ready to take the dogs out for their early morning excursion, I looked out the front door, and was met with this view.  I immediately muttered "It's YOU!" and went zipping down the hallway to grab the camera off my desk.  Usually this maneuver results...

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