Our Predator Exclusion and Education Program was developed to help our community handle predation issues humanely by creating safe environments for domestic animals to live alongside wildlife. It offers practical solutions for farmers, hobbyists and pet owners alike. Our PEEP Barnyard serves as a live lab that has many exclusion techniques in place to keep our own sheep, goats, chickens and domestic cats safe from predation.
Our demonstration barnyard serves as an excellent setting for children and their families to participate in our hands on program for children ranging in ages from 5-17 years old. This program is a great opportunity for those who are aspiring for futures in animal care or farming. This hands on program focuses on cultivating compassion and kindness through advocacy for wildlife.
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!
Learn about our PEEP Interactive Learning Program for students under the age of 18 here.
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.
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.