Every year, bird migrate north to south following traditional migration routes, many of which pass straight through the heart of our ranches.
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...
Comparing the bill lengths of the 30 species of shorebirds recorded on Chico Basin Ranch reveals an amazing difference in […]
Swallows are common throughout the world and often nest in close proximity to humans. At Chico Basin Ranch during spring, […]
The Mountain Plover is one of only 12 bird species endemic to the western Great Plains. Does plover rhyme with […]
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...
Because of the dense hair on their bodies, these insects are called velvet ants and in some rural areas they […]
The most recent addition to the Chico Basin Ranch Bird Checklist is Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicaria). There are only three […]
In 2014, during late fall, multiple Short-eared Owls were found in a weedy, formerly irrigated portion of Chico Basin Ranch. […]
Although many other organisms besides bees are good at pollinating plants, bees are the only species that carry pollen from one flower to another, a unique evolutionary process.
Banded on September 11 2019
Sports enthusiasts will recognize the American badger as the mascot of the University of Wisconsin, chosen because of its ferocious […]
Muskrats are named for their musky smell which they use to mark their territories in addition to their large flattened […]
Comparing male and female plumage.
9/17/17: The first recorded sighting of a Tropical Kingbird in Colorado occurred on Chico Basin Ranch.
“Leave me alone, I might be poisonous to eat.”
The first Pacific Wren spotted on Chico Basin Ranch.
After several days of rainy weather, Turkey Vultures were on the move in Colorado.
There is another, hidden side of the Chico Basin Ranch that you have to get down on your knees to see.
More mountain species than normal were seen on the Chico this migration season.