The first insect most kids learn about is the honey bee which is actually the introduced species, Eurasian Honey Bee (Apis mellifera). Mellifera is Latin for honey-bearing. Eurasian Honey Bees were imported by settlers to the U.S. in the 1600s. This species is now found all over the world except for in the high arctic, Antarctica, and the Sahara Desert.
Sports enthusiasts will recognize the American badger as the mascot of the University of Wisconsin, chosen because of its ferocious […]
Banded on September 11 2019
Although many other organisms besides bees are good at pollinating plants, bees are the only species that carry pollen from […]
In 2014, during late fall, multiple Short-eared Owls were found in a weedy, formerly irrigated portion of Chico Basin Ranch. […]
The most recent addition to the Chico Basin Ranch Bird Checklist is Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicaria). There are only three […]
Because of the dense hair on their bodies, these insects are called velvet ants and in some rural areas they […]
While looking for summer birds on the prairie, I surprised a swift fox that was stalking young black-tailed prairie dogs in one of the Chico Basin Ranch’s expanding prairie dog towns.
The Mountain Plover is one of only 12 bird species endemic to the western Great Plains. Does plover rhyme with […]
Swallows are common throughout the world and often nest in close proximity to humans. At Chico Basin Ranch during spring, […]