Tag Archives: Wildlife

Which Came First Turkey Vultures or Dracula?

Good Eeeeeveningbeginning in late spring we see a lot of Turkey Vultures here at Goebel Hill Farm. These huge birds with creepy red faces hang out in this valley all summer long.  They scavenge for carrion, road kill and they eat cow pies and rotten pumpkins, too.  Perfect!  Apparently, having that red skin on their faces, rather than feathers, keeps the mess in check!  We enjoy watching the vultures ride the thermals over the farm and in the valley below us.  One summer morning we counted seventeen birds all soaring in the sky at once!

Turkey Vultures at Goebel Hill Farm

Turkey Vultures at Goebel Hill Farm

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Our Neighbor the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center

At Goebel Hill Farm we love wildlife and work hard every day to maintain and enhance native habitat for Washington wildlife on our 19 acre farm in Granite Falls. As the population pressure in Snohomish County increases the need to support our neighbor nearby – the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center does too.

Hal and I will be attending Sarvey’s Go WILD!  Gala Dinner and Auction on June 17th at the Tulalip Casino and Resort in Marysville and would love to see you there.  The gala begins with a program featuring non-releasable raptors, followed by cocktails, a delicious dinner, a special video presentation, a silent auction, wildlife “adoptions”, music, and an amazing raffle.  So fun!

Goebel Hill Farm has donated a bouquet a week for a month – that’s FOUR WEEKS OF FRESH FLOWERS – to the silent auction to raise money to support Washington wildlife.  EVERYONE needs fresh flowers!!!   To purchase tickets to the gala event click here!

Turkey Vulture Enjoying the Sunshine

Mysterious Cows Pies at Goebel Hill Farm

On our way to pick dahlias in the garden the other day we noticed cow pies near the corn… and over in the Christmas trees… and down by the pond! They were everywhere!  We have chickens on our farm, but no cows.  So my husband set up the trail camera down by the old Gravenstein apple tree. It seemed like a good place to catch a glimpse of the cow pie culprits.  Here’s what we found:

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