The evidence available to determine the history of bison ecology in the SLV is scant.
Duke Phillips could have been a “normal” rancher. Raised in northern Mexico in a second-generation ranching family, he came of age in a world where cowboys shot coyotes to protect their calves, ranches were grazed in their entirety year-round, and cattlemen were just that–men who raised cattle. The rancher-conservationist had yet to emerge. While the tide has been changing in recent years, with more and more farmers and ranchers embracing their role as land stewards, perhaps Phillips’ most radical act has been not just to join this growing group of agricultural conservationists, but, since the very beginning, to throw the doors open and invite others to observe and participate in the project for sustainable ranching.
Migrating over Chico Basin Ranch.
A glimpse into the richly variegated world of Pink-sided Juncos, Red-breasted Nuthatches, and Golden-crowned Kinglets.
The most important tool we use in management of the land is being able to control the amount of time that cattle graze a particular pasture.
The philosophy behind rotational grazing.