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The Wildlife at Indian Creek

Because we don’t use any pesticides or synthetic fertilizers on our pastures, we have not only a great variety of plant species, but we also have a great variety of wildlife. We have three water sources–the creek and its tributaries; the pond, which is made from run-off; and the lake. In addition to the deer and coyotes that run through our pastures, and the crayfish, catfish, turtles and snakes that inhabit the lake and pond, we also have seen one very old tortoise that seems to live near Indian Creek. The day I saw the tortoise (which is about 2 feet high and 3 feet long and could be many decades or even centuries old), the cows were looking at it suspiciously, as they do when any strange creature enters their territory. The tortoise lumbered into the pond and then eventually headed back to the creek, and the cows went back to grazing.
We also have a nice variety of birds that make our farm their home. We have a nest of great blue herons living near the lake. They fish in the lake and in the pond. And we have a green heron dining in both the lake and the pond and possibly living here as well. We have the usual field birds–warblers, meadowlarks, red-winged blackbirds, thrashers, king birds, wrens, finches, sparrows, swallows, etc., as well as ducks, hawks and possibly an eagle. I once saw a flock of wood ibises at the lake. We’ve also had a common egret (the white heron) in the pond. Near the forests we have woodpeckers, humming birds, and flickers, and we have an amazing number of bluebirds nesting all over the farm, including in our eaves.
I am convinced that the varieties of wildlife we have are increasing because the varieties of our grasses and weeds are increasing. And all these species seem to live in harmony without affecting the well-being of the cattle–probably even adding to their and our well-being.

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