Podcasts: Interviews with Keli about ranching with wildlife.
Cast & Blast radio show featuring Keli Hendricks
Ecology Hour on KZYX featuring Keli Hendricks, Rick Hopkins and Don Lipmanson
RANCHING WITH WILDLIFE COORDINATOR
Keli attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she majored in Animal Science and was involved with the horse program. After college, she went on to work for some of the top trainers of cow horses in the country before turning professional herself in the mid 1990’s. Keli trained and showed cutting, reining and cow horses for over 15 years and taught clinics that drew participants from as far away as Africa and Australia.
Keli and her husband, rancher Dean Spinelli, live and work on the 500 acre Bar C R Ranch in Petaluma, California. Dean has spent the last 20 years managing the cow calf operation for the ranch, which currently runs 300 head of mother cows. Coyotes, eagles, badgers and other wildlife peacefully share the pastures with the livestock on the Bar C R.
Recently retired from horse training, Keli is excited to have the time to give back, volunteering for Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue and rehabilitating abused and neglected horses for the Sonoma Change Program, where she also sits on the board of directors.
A lifelong advocate for predators, Keli was often at odds with the lethal management practices she saw being used. She feels that it is time to replace long held fears with newer, better practices regarding our stewardship of the land and its wildlife inhabitants.
She is excited to work with Project Coyote and believes that ranchers and wildlife can learn to share the land without conflict.