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THE HIDDEN PRAIRIE

“It’s close to noon, the sun is high in the sky. It’s hot, and the prairie looks largely devoid of wildlife. Coming in you did see a small group of...

A SENSE OF PLACE

Early on a spring morning, well after the dawn chorus of birds has pronounced the day’s arrival, we gather under the cottonwoods to prepare for daily bird banding. The sun...

HOW TO FIND FOXES

How to locate seven inch swift fox burrow entrances on an 89,000 acre ranch.

CHICO CHICHARRAS

Hear an electric buzzing alien shriek on the summer prairie? That’s the mating call of a Colorado cicada, the cactus dodger.

PRAIRIE IN BLOOM

From copper mallow and cutleaf evening primrose to moss campion and Western spiderwort, this summer’s prairie was awash in a kaleidoscope of blooms thanks to ample rains.

CHICO BASIN RANCH CALENDAR OVERVIEW

Stays at Chico Basin Ranch are a full immersion into life on our 87,000 acre working cattle ranch. Here’s a […]

BIRDING AT THE CHICO WITH DAVID TØNNESSEN

David Tønnessen has already made quite a name for himself in the Colorado birding community. He recorded the first sighting of a tropical king bird in the state of Colorado...

BUGS, BIODIVERSITY, AND BIG RANCHES

Over the last few years, Chico Basin Ranch has partnered with the Mile High Bug Club (Pikes Peak Region chapter) to make a casual assessment of the diversity of insects,...

KING OF KINGS

For Kit, a loyal companion whose personality lives on today.

WHERE THE GATE IS ALWAYS OPEN

The Chico belongs to the people of Colorado, to the thousands of children who visit the ranch in school groups each year, to future generations of humans who might still...

SUNBURNS & SWIFTIES

When I was tasked with finding and photographing some of the resident swift foxes at Chico Basin Ranch, I suspected that I would be spending a lot of time doing...

A PHOTO INTERN’S FIRST IMPRESSIONS

I detasseled corn for four summers growing up in Nebraska.  As a thirteen-year-old kid, I walked miles of cornrows, pulling tassels I saw that had been missed by the machine...

BIRD PEOPLE

A glimpse into the richly variegated world of Pink-sided Juncos, Red-breasted Nuthatches, and Golden-crowned Kinglets.

FILSON: ON THE RANCH

This short video from Filson’s fall 2017 campaign highlights Ranchlands’ vision for the future of ranching.

PEOPLE OF RANCHLANDS: LAURA MOWERY

“I came in and I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ve been working on a farm and I’ve been riding my whole life, I’ve got some experience. This is gonna be great,...

TRACKING COLORADO PRONGHORN

Pronghorn are one of the most iconic species of the American plains, yet biologists know very little about their movements in southeastern Colorado.

ARKANSAS DARTER NO LONGER ENDANGERED

Thanks to efforts by CO Parks and Wildlife to release Arkansas Darter into the creek on the Chico, the fish is no longer a “federally endangered” candidate.

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