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

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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

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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. 

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These Moos are enjoying a morning dip!

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Beautiful snow capped Wellsville Mountains

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

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

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

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We are so happy for Summer!

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Beautiful!

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

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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!

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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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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!

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

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Our beautiful valley!

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

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

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

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Making Derby Cake!!!

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Excited about Derby Cake!

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Chocolate Cherry Derby Cupcakes!

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

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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!

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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!

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Sheep enjoying the sunshine.

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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.

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