View Full Version : Volunteer Weekend (photo heavy)

03-09-2009, 01:21 PM
I spent another beautiful volunteer weekend with my family and habitatwork.org. This weekend we got to remove barbed wire fence from a spring and we built a wildlife watering hole. On Sunday we were offered a tour of the wildlife preserve we were on and took in the amazing wildflower display. Nearby sheep herders were shearing their sheep and I got to watch :woohoo: I spoke for a while to the sheep owners and learned a lot about the business. The guys we talked to were 4th generation sheep herders in the area. Their family came out here from the Basque region in 1895!!!

Here's some pics from the weekend I wanted to share with you all. We just couldn't ask for more beautiful weather!!! :woot:

Here we are removing barbed wire from an absolutely beautiful pond created by a natural spring. The barbed wire really was an eyesore and we were so happy to see it go.


Here's my DBF removing the last fence post from that ugly barbed wire fence


Here I am mixing up cement for the base of a new wildlife watering hole that we built


The next day we took in some beautiful wildflowers - including our state flower, the California Poppy



And we got to see some sheep and some working dogs. The family that owns the sheep says they herd sheep just like they did thousands of years ago. They have sheep camps in the mountains and the shepherds go out with 2 border collies and a grand pyrenees (to guard against predators) and they move the sheep every 2 days. They lease some of the land on the wildlife preserve so that they can have some more grazing area.


This dog's name is Lee - He was very friendly, but sure was intent on his job watching those sheep.


And here's some yarn balls on hoof :)


Jan in CA
03-09-2009, 01:28 PM
That is so cool! Where was this?

03-09-2009, 01:35 PM
That is so cool! Where was this?

WindWolves Wildlife Preserve in Kern County. Its part of the Wildlands Conservancy I do a lot of volunteering up there. Its about one of my favorite Southern California places to go. Its an 80,000 acre preserve and they are open to the public on weekends. I know you're in the OC Jan so it might be a schlep for you, but if your ever road tripping north its worth stopping by for an afternoon. As volunteers we are pretty lucky cus we get to go further into the preserve than most people.

03-09-2009, 01:52 PM
Beautiful pics! (and I love the caption on the last picture :rofl: )

03-09-2009, 03:36 PM
How beautiful, you're so lucky to have been there!

03-09-2009, 03:43 PM
What beautiful photos! I especially love the poppy photo. If I lived there (or near there), I'd never leave!

:roflhard: BTW :roflhard: yarn on the hoof!:roflhard:

03-09-2009, 07:24 PM
That is so beautiful! And there is just something to a good day's hard work :thumbsup:

I love the flower pictures too :)