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March 14, 2019 | Frey Winery Blog, Sustainability, Videos | Frey Vineyards

Wildlife near Frey Organic Vineyards

In 2015 we set up an automatic camera in protected forestland near our organic vineyards to learn more about the local wildlife.  The camera was placed at a spring high up the mountain.  What a surprise it was to discover that so many animals visited to bathe and drink, including bears, foxes, deer, and many species of birds.  The abundance of bears was especially surprising, as the shy and elusive creature is rarely spotted in person.

Another surprise was footage of a fisher (Pekania pennanti), a sleek and cat-like member of the weasel family, widespread in Canada.  A narrow branch of their territory reaches southward to the northern Rocky Mountains, the Cascade Range in Oregon, the High Sierras, and amazingly along the Northern Coast Range of California where Frey Vineyards is located.  It’s a beautiful creature that needs forestland to survive. 

In 2016 we added a second camera at a bear wallow about a half mile from the first camera.  Familiar faces appeared such as one particularly large, tranquil behemoth of a bear, as well as a wary bear always looking over his shoulder.  In the following years we added a couple more cameras, most of which were lost in the great fire that swept through our area in 2017.  The one that survived captured scenes of a slow-moving forest fire, which we’ll post soon.

The wildlife just a short walk from our home and vineyards reminds us about the importance of farming sustainably and organically, without synthetic pesticide drift to contaminate the water and ecosystems that sustain all of us.  We hope you support organic food production by choosing organic when you can.

 

Check out our YouTube channel for the short versions.

 

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Janet T
@ Mar 20, 2019 at 1:09 PM
Love that you care about wildlife! Your environmental practices are why I buy your wine. Thank you.

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Suzanne
@ Mar 21, 2019 at 7:22 AM
Thank you so much for sharing the videos of the wildlife! Please keep sharing.

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Georgia
@ Mar 23, 2019 at 5:37 AM
Fabulous to sit and watch - mesmerizing. You are so very lucky to have such a marvelous 'back yard'!! The editing makes for very enjoyable viewing. Many thanks. Looking forward to more footage, and of course, more terrific organic wine!

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Jill
@ Apr 23, 2019 at 2:35 PM
Thank you for taking the time to film/edit/share these videos with all of us. Plus, telling us which animals/birds we are looking at.

I already LOVE your wines so these wildlife videos are a wonderful bonus.

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