A research project examining wildlife friendly farming in the Champlain Valley is currently underway by Alex Caskey, graduate student at Tufts University. Caskey is a summer intern in a project sponsored by Champlain Area Trails (CATS), the Eddy Foundation and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
Caskey is currently conducting interviews with local farmers about their interactions, positive and negative, with local wildlife. The results of his inquiry will create a baseline of current practices in wildlife friendly farming for future investigation and recommendations for wildlife friendly practices in agriculture.
According to Caskey, the unique working landscape of the Champlain Valley provides an intriguing backdrop for looking at human-wildlife interactions. While most people enjoy interacting with wildlife, few people outside of agriculture fully understand the challenges the presence of wildlife presents farmers and their livelihoods.
Photo: Coyote photographed by a local trail camera.