Today in “Exploring Our Valley”, we went to the Coyote Research Facility, and the Wellsville area.
More on the Predator Research Facility (aka: Coyote Research Facility)
Scientists at the National Wildlife Research Center Logan, UT, field station are studying the ecology and behavior of predators in an effort to identify new management techniques and strategies, especially nonlethal tools. Research efforts are directed towards reducing livestock depredations and damage caused by coyotes, bears, and wolves, resolving conflicts in urban areas, and mitigating impacts of predators on wildlife populations. Station research incorporates a variety of techniques that integrate novel engineering approaches and basic knowledge of the biology of predator species.
The station was established in 1972, and operates in close collaboration with Utah State University (USU). In fact, some of the biologists maintain offices on campus. The station’s most prominent feature, however, is the Millville Predator Research Facility. The 165-acre site, also on USU land, allows employees to care for up to 100 adult coyotes involved in learning, behavior, and physiology studies. Examples of current and recent studies based at the Millville facility include the following:
Coyote behavior in captive environments
Urban conflicts with black bears
Sterilization of coyotes to reduce predation on pronghorn and livestock
Coyote foraging and learning
Fladry to prevent wolf depredation
Coyote and elk interactions
Conditioning bears from campgrounds
Wolf damage to livestock.
Coyote wariness of humans
Coyote interactions with bobcats, kit fox, and cougars
Non-invasive mark-recapture of Mexican wolves
Coyote food habits and prey fluctuations
More information can be found at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/wildlifedamage/programs/
Beautiful Wellsville Mountains & the beautiful harvest time fields.
Coyote Research Facility in Millville
View of the beautiful Wellsville Mountains from the Coyote Research Facility
Fields near the Coyote Research Facility. It;s a pretty ride. This was also the Firefighting command station for the Blacksmith Fork/ Millville Fire a couple of years ago. These fields were full of tents, firefighters, and helicopters fighting the huge blaze.
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It’s NO secret that we LOVE getting in the bus on Friday mornings and exploring our beautiful valley! These pictures come from the beautiful towns of Avon and Paradise. Each season brings new sites to places seen before. On this beautiful Spring ride, we had the opportunity to see a field full of baby sheep and goats, just new to the world, lots of animals on farms, and the beautiful canyon leading up to Porcupine Dam.
These Moos are enjoying a morning dip!
Beautiful snow capped Wellsville Mountains
A beautiful old barn in Paradise with Moos relaxing in the warm sunshine.
Our favorite! Watching all these babies frolicking in the grass with their Mamas!
Vivid blue sunny skies, and lush greenery! Our hearts are happy!
We are so happy for Summer!
The water is so clear and beautiful! I bet it’s still pretty cool!
Although we were a little late getting back from lunch, it was a wonderful morning out in nature! Listening to birds sing their melody near the babbling streams, feeling the warmth of the golden sun, and of course seeing all the amazing animals on their farms! Friday morning is one of our favorite times of the week!
If you have time, we suggest this beautiful drive. Lots of people in Cache Valley say they have never been to Paradise & Avon! Round trip from Logan it’s only a little more than an hour (although, once you get there you’ll want to spend more time). You’ll drive through beautiful rolling hills framed with majestic mountains. You’ll see lots of animals and farms. Drive up to Porcupine Dam, and see all the beauty. If you have a truck or other vehicle, you drive all the way across to Eden & Liberty! It’s worth the drive! Go out and explore this beautiful Valley, you’ll never know what’s out there in your own backyard!
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We were so excited about our first cookout of the season. There was a little drizzle, but we weren’t complaining, especially since there was an 85% chance of rain! The morning was beautiful, and although not completely warm and sunny, warm enough to enjoy all the beauties of nature! Of course, there were a lot of ducks and geese to feed, and we had a good time feeding them healthy fruits and veggies. It was a great day to kick off the warm weather season. We went with our friends from Common Ground that make it possible to transport and accommodate all of our Grandfriends no matter what their abilities. It’s going to be a great Summer, and we can’t wait for all the picnics, parades, canoeing, and day trips!
If you have never been to 1st Dam, it is at the mouth of Logan Canyon and it is beautiful. There is also, a 2nd & 3rd Dam further up the canyon, each has its own areas for picnicking, fishing, camping, and hiking! We are so blessed to live in an amazing area. Like we always say: “Logan Canyon is our playground!”
Anita enjoying the spring sunshine.
The ladies feeding the ducks some fresh lettuce. (because bread is bad!)
Having fun and eating some yummy hamburgers!
Lilian loves EVERYTHING in nature. She’s a little disappointed it’s too cold to go swimming.
Lots of ducks and geese!
Betty enjoying the walking trails.
Eva enjoying some lunch.
Happy for some sunshine.
Polly & one of our friends from Common Ground.
Char is happy to be outside!
“I wouldn’t mind a bite of your cookie Ma’am”
Grandfriends & Common Ground Friends!
Don’t burn those!
Lunch is almost ready!
Lunch is served! Delicious grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, homemade potato salad, cookies, chips, and all the fixings! Our tummies are super happy!
We had such an awesome week celebrating everything Kentucky Derby!
This week we enjoyed a beautiful ride throughout the valley, where we saw lots of beautiful horses, including some racing horses! There are a few places that even do chariot racing. We also had a fun activity and talked about the Kentucky Derby and it’s traditions. Each Grandfriend decided what color of horse they would like, and named one for our very own Williamsburg Derby. We had an amazing turnout, and we are excited about racing each week. We even have our own “Winner’s Circle”. We finished up the week with Derby Cake for Happy Hour! If you have never had “Derby Cake” you’re missing out! Our version was a chocolate cake with cherry for the fruit! Another favorite of ours is “White Derby Cake”. White cake, cream, and strawberries! Yummy!
We’re off on the bus to see some horses and horse ranches.
Our beautiful valley!
These beauties came running over to say “hi” to us!
These horses run chariot races, and some have competed in the Kentucky Derby!
These horses run chariot races, and some have competed in the Kentucky Derby!
Making Derby Cake!!!
Excited about Derby Cake!
Chocolate Cherry Derby Cupcakes!
Williamsburg Derby Horses! Each Grandfriend has their own horse they named and picked out the colors for!
It’s been an awesome week full of fun! Everyone loved the Williamsburg Derby, so we will now have weekly races on Wednesday mornings at 10:30. Come join us anytime! We have horses you can adopt!
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This week’s recipe is another hot fruit & cold ice cream recipe! We LOVE it! They are simple to make, and OH SO GOOD! Grandfriends love them, but kids love them too! The best part is that you can customize with the type of fruit you like best! Our favorites are apple and peach. You may need seconds…….
Your Choice of Pie Filling (or you can use canned/fresh fruit)
Vanilla Ice Cream
1/2 c Brown Sugar
Spices: Cinnamon, Allspice, Nutmeg, Cloves (Use amounts and types to suit your own taste)
Muffin Tin/Liners or Stand Alone Baking Cups (that’s what we use!)
Follow our easy instructions below!
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugars and spices and set aside to be used as topping.
Fill your choice of baking cups 3/4 full of your favorite pie filling or canned fruit. Here we are using apple pie filling. We are using adorable baking cups from Pick Your Plum. *If you have not visited PYP you are missing out!
Bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on the type of fruit you chose. Here they are HOT out of the oven!
After they cool off just a little, scoop vanilla ice cream and top with a sprinkle of the sugar-spice mix and ENJOY! One of our favorites! So easy, and fun anytime!
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Learning about the similarities of Yellowstone and Logan Canyon.
“Hands on” fun? 😉
At Williamsburg life-long learning is important. Not only is it fun, but it also helps protect our memory and provides the opportunity to have fun social interactions and hands-on fun. Using all five senses to learn about all kinds of things and places help use different areas of the brain, making the learning more enriching.
We offer both “in-house” and community education opportunities geared to all of our Grandfriends. Two of our favorites at Williamsburg are ” Williamsburg University” and “Williamsburg Travels Around the World”. Each of these education sessions happens once a month, and use all of your senses. For example, a Univeristy topic may be “Volcanoes”. We would include both a power point presentation with video of real volcanoes, learn about the different types, and learn/refresh vocabulary. This would also include handouts that can be taken home and worksheets that can be handed in for prize drawings. We also make a volcano and enjoy hot molten lava cake. Usually, there are “take homes” as well. A take home for this would be real lava rocks. The same principal is used when we talk about places in our Williamsburg Travels Around the World!
Education is such a vital at any age, and it’s fun. Come visit us and participate in the fun!
We love Friday’s Happy Hour (a time for yummy treats and happiness)! You’ll LOVE this easy version of goopy dutch oven peach cobbler!
You can bake this outside with briquettes or over a fire. We make ours in the oven, so we can enjoy it all year round!
Dutch Oven (or covered casserole dish) and Liner (if you use those)
1 stick Butter
2 Yellow Cake Mix
4-5 Large Cans of Peaches
Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If you use a liner, place it in your dutch oven. Butter or spray your dutch oven or liner. (If yours is seasoned enough not to stick, proceed with how you would use your own). Open cans of peaches and put them in the DO/pan with all the juice. (Using peaches canned in syrup will give a richer flavor) Next, mix in cake mix until it is a fluffy consistency. Add spices according to taste. We like a lot of spices, especially since it served with ice cream. Cook for 1-1 1/2 hours. Check about half way through the cooking time, and stir. When cooked it will have a “goopy” consistency. If you like the flavor of oats or nuts add them after you have stirred at the half way point. Serve immediately over vanilla ice cream, and enjoy the explosion of flavors as well as the mix of hot and cold!
You can change it up by using spice cake mix, or by adding other ingredients while serving. We like to add raspberries for a delicious peach melba!
Remember you’re always invited to join us! Happy Hour is on Fridays at 2:00pm
You can even cook it in your oven!
Add some ice cream and you’re in for a treat!
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Spring is in the air and coming to our beautiful Cache Valley. The snow is melting and signs of Spring are everywhere. We have beautiful sunny, blue sky with a nice warm breeze! We can’t for all the adventures in the outdoors to begin!
While only moderately tall, they are particularly narrow. For this reason, it is often claimed they are one of the steepest mountain ranges in North America. Box Elder (9,372′) and the Wellsville Cone (9,356′) are its two highest peaks. U.S. 89/91 traversesBox Elder Canyon, Dry Canyon, and Wellsville Canyon beginning east of Brigham City as a four-lane highway, curving north then northeast and entering the Cache Valley at Wellsville.
In this movie, a new Grandfriend moves into Williamsburg for a short stay. Right away it is obvious that something magical happens! Christmas magic happens all over, and one special friend, Betty knows she has seen “Mary” before!