August 4, 2016 at 9:12 pm ·

Exploring our Valley: Coyote Research Facility

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
  • Coyote movements
  • 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
  • Coyote reproduction

More information can be found at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/wildlifedamage/programs/Coyote Research Facility

Coyote Research Facility

Beautiful Wellsville Mountains & the beautiful harvest time fields.

Coyote Research Facility

Coyote Research Facility in Millville

Coyote Research Facility

View of the beautiful Wellsville Mountains from the Coyote Research Facility

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.

Coyote Research Facility

Read more Comments Off on Exploring our Valley: Coyote Research Facility

May 16, 2016 at 9:25 pm ·

Exploring our Valley: Paradise

Exploring Avon & Paradise

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. 

Paradise

These Moos are enjoying a morning dip!

Paradise/ Mountains

Beautiful snow capped Wellsville Mountains

Paradise

A beautiful old barn in Paradise with Moos relaxing in the warm sunshine.

Paradise

Our favorite! Watching all these babies frolicking in the grass with their Mamas!

Paradise

Vivid blue sunny skies, and lush greenery! Our hearts are happy!

Paradise

We are so happy for Summer!

Paradise

Beautiful!

Paradise

The water is so clear and beautiful! I bet it’s still pretty cool!

Paradise

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!

Paradise

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!

Read more Comments Off on Exploring our Valley: Paradise

May 13, 2016 at 10:45 pm ·

Cookout at 1st Dam

Cookout at 1st Dam

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!”
Cookout

Anita enjoying the spring sunshine.

Cookout

The ladies feeding the ducks some fresh lettuce. (because bread is bad!)

Cookout

1st Dam

Cookout

Having fun and eating some yummy hamburgers!

Cookout

Lilian loves EVERYTHING in nature. She’s a little disappointed it’s too cold to go swimming.

Cookout

Lots of ducks and geese!

Cookout

Betty enjoying the walking trails.

Cookout

Eva enjoying some lunch.

Cookout

Happy for some sunshine.

Cookout

Rescue Duck

Cookout

Polly & one of our friends from Common Ground.

Cookout

Char is happy to be outside!

Cookout

Little beggars!

Cookout

“I wouldn’t mind a bite of your cookie Ma’am”

Cookout

Grandfriends & Common Ground Friends!

Cookout

Geese

Cookout

Don’t burn those!

Cookout

Lunch is almost ready!

Cookout

Lunch is served! Delicious grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, homemade potato salad, cookies, chips, and all the fixings! Our tummies are super happy!

Cookout Cookout

Read more Comments Off on Cookout at 1st Dam

May 12, 2016 at 12:26 am ·

“And They’re Off!” Kentucky Derby

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!

Kentucky Derby

20160506_112343 We’re off on the bus to see some horses and horse ranches.

Kentucky Derby

Our beautiful valley!

Kentucky Derby

These beauties came running over to say “hi” to us!

Kentucky Derby

These horses run chariot races, and some have competed in the Kentucky Derby!

Kentucky Derby

These horses run chariot races, and some have competed in the Kentucky Derby!

Kentucky Derby

Making Derby Cake!!!

Kentucky Derby

Excited about Derby Cake!

Kentucky Derby

Chocolate Cherry Derby Cupcakes!

20160504_193321

Williamsburg Derby Horses! Each Grandfriend has their own horse they named and picked out the colors for!

Kentucky Derby

Williamsburg Derby!

Kentucky Derby

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!

Read more Comments Off on “And They’re Off!” Kentucky Derby

May 9, 2016 at 11:15 pm ·

Happy Hour Treat Recipe: Mini Fruit Cobbler

Happy Hour: Mini Fruit Cobblers

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…….

You’ll need:

Your Choice of Pie Filling (or you can use canned/fresh fruit)

Vanilla Ice Cream

1c Sugar 

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!

Check back for more easy, yummy, Grandfriend approved “Happy Hour” Treats!

HH

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugars and spices and set aside to be used as topping.

HH

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!

HH

Bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on the type of fruit you chose. Here they are HOT out of the oven!

20160415_135641

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!

Read more Comments Off on Happy Hour Treat Recipe: Mini Fruit Cobbler

May 6, 2016 at 9:59 pm ·

Life Long Learning

Education

Lillian at the Stokes Nature Park in Logan Canyon

Education

Polly finding her animal equal!

Education

Learning about the similarities of Yellowstone and Logan Canyon.

Education

“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! 

Read more Comments Off on Life Long Learning

April 14, 2016 at 11:09 pm ·

Quick & Easy Dutch Oven Cobbler

Quick & Easy Dutch Oven Goopy Peach Cobbler

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! 

You’ll need:

  • 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
  • Ice Cream
  • Oats (optional)

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

Cobbler

You can even cook it in your oven!

Cobbler

Add some ice cream and you’re in for a treat!

Read more Comments Off on Quick & Easy Dutch Oven Cobbler

March 9, 2016 at 12:50 am ·

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air!

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!

WE LOVE OUR MOUNTAINS!
Did you know?

The Wellsville Mountains are located in northern Utah and are often considered part of the Wasatch Mountains. The mountains separate the Cache Valley from the Wasatch Front. Nearly all of the water collected by the Wellsville Mountains drains into the Bear River.[2]

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.[3][4][5] 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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Spring is in the air

Sheep!

Spring is in the air

Sheep enjoying the sunshine.

Spring is in the air

Beautiful covered bridge in Richmond Utah

Spring is in the air

Bear River Marshlands

Spring is in the air

Beautiful Wellsville Mountains 

Spring is in the air

Honkers playing in a melting field.

Spring is in the air

Blacksmith Fork Canyon

Spring is in the air

Blackbirds swarming in a field.

Read more Comments Off on Spring is in the Air

December 15, 2015 at 5:56 pm ·

Our 2015 Christmas Movie

Our 2015 Christmas Movie, “Mary Christmas”.

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!

 

Read more Comments Off on Our 2015 Christmas Movie

Next posts