Lorken Farm's ponds, property and wildlife
Lorken Farms is 90 acres in size. The farm was originally a beef ranch but continues to undergo construction for wildlife habitat. Thousands of pine trees have been planted, 11 ponds, some nearing an acre in size have been dug and many natural grasses and wildlife food plots planted. Larger ponds have Perch and Bluegill and Northern Pike. Old fences have been removed for safety and to allow wild deer to range more freely. There are portions which are still farmed. We plant food plots for the wildlife. We allow wild birds to nest in the Spring and most ponds are never hunted even in the regular hunting seasons. Trained dogs conserve on the loss of game that might otherwise be shot but never found. Trails have been developed throughout the property.
In 2002 we planted 27 acres into prairie grasses and wildflowers. This will make excellent cover for wildlife and replacing useless canary grass will increase the survival opportunities for many wild creatures. The restoration seed we planted includes; Prairie Dock, Prairie Blazing Cup plant, Bergamot, Switch grass, Indian grass, Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem, Canada Wild rye, Stiff Goldenrod, Saw tooth, Compass Plant, Yellow Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susans, RH Buchclover and Purple Prairie Clover. We also have some natural cat tails and sedges coming up around the ponds.
We used to raise pheasants but gave up the game farm license due to cost
2 pheasant breasts
Here is a deer caught on a deercam Feb 05
Many other animals visit or live on our property. Sand Hill Cranes nest here as well as many variety of ducks and geese. Foxes, Minks, Beaver, Possum and a variety of other critters also come. We have a variety of owls, hawks and even hear coyotes from time to time.