What is PEEP?
The Predator Exclusion and Educational Program (PEEP) is an innovative, interactive program designed to help people with conflicts between domestic and wild animals. By providing a physical learning lab, students and members of the community can learn ways to protect their livestock and pets from natural predation in ways that do not harm wildlife, so the ecology of the region can remain balanced. Whether you are a beginning farmer, urban homesteader, or just want to learn how to keep farm animals and wildlife safe, our education barnyard is the place for you!
PEEP is comprised of two very important educational opportunities:
1) Educating and assisting farmers and ranchers with predation issues
2) Providing a structured program for children to learn how to take care of animals and gardens using wildlife-friendly techniques
What can you see?
Come to our Educational Barnyard to see examples of exclusion techniques. At the moment we have a barn, night corral, free range chicken set up, catio, and fencing examples. By exploring our barnyard, you can learn ways to predator proof your own enclosures and experience beautiful Sonoma County agriculture. We also have a Wildlife Education Garden to show predator proofing techniques against garden pests and ways to attract pollinators.
Having troubles with predation of livestock or pets? Visit our barnyard to learn some techniques to help. Check out predator proofing tips here. Still baffled? We can schedule a consultation through A Wildlife Exclusion Service. Our experts will come out to your site and find the ways wild animals are sneaking into your coop or barn.
Mountain lion conflict? Please contact local mountain lion expert, Dr. Quinton Martins, for advice on how to proceed: 707-721-6560 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Dr. Martins' research, visit the Living with Lions website.
Want to get involved? Maybe your dream is to become a farmer, veterinarian, gardener, scientist or any career with animals or plants. This is the place for you!
We have 8 each slots each day, 6 days a week, for children who want to learn valuable skills which are obtained by caring for the farm animals and gardens. These skills can later be transferred to wildlife rehabilitation or other animal-related work.
Learn more about this extracurricular activity, including how to sign up and scholarship opportunities.
In the Spring of 2019, Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue paired up with Audubon Canyon Ranch's Living with Lions Project to design and construct a Puma Proof Pen. This pen is designed to protect domestic livestock, such as sheep and goats, from predation against apex predators like the mountain lion.
To view and learn how to construct a Puma Proof Pen, click the link below.