Discover Nature

with Hannah and Ted Floyd

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Zapata Ranch, Presented by Swarovski Optik

October 7 – 9, 2022

For the first time, Swarovski Optik and Ranchlands are teaming up to offer special opportunities to explore the varied terrain, wildlife, and ecology of Zapata Ranch. Led by Ted Floyd, Editor of American Birding Magazine, and his daughter Hannah, also an expert naturalist, these events promise to be educational and fun. 

The Program

Explore wildlife habitats including high plains prairie, pinon juniper woodland, cottonwood groves, riparian zones, grasslands and wetlands across the ranch. Observe the ranch’s conservation herd of bison alongside elk, coyotes, antelope, porcupines, swift fox, prairie dog towns, deer, birds of prey and more. Enjoy the opportunity to access over 100,000 acres of a Nature Conservancy protected ranch, learn about the Ranchlands mission, and experience nature more brilliantly than ever with binoculars and scopes provided by Swarovski Optik.

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About Hannah & Ted

Ted Floyd is the longtime Editor of Birding, the flagship publication of the American Birding Association. He is also heavily involved in the association’s robust and expanding Young Birder programs, and is a frequent guest on the American Birding Podcast and What’s This Bird Live. Ted is the author of five bird books and hundreds of articles and papers on birds and nature. He eBirds daily, iNats weekly, and teaches math occasionally. Follow Ted on Twitter @BirdingMagzine.

Hannah Floyd spends much of her time exploring and photographing the biota of Colorado. Hannah has published articles and photos in the American Birding Association’s online and print publications, and she has also given presentations and done workshops for birding festivals nationwide. A prolific “iNatter,” she has contributed to several iNaturalist “Projects.” Besides doing ecology, Hannah plays the oboe, enjoys reading and creative writing, and is co-president of her high school’s Physics Club. Follow her on Instagram @hannahfloyd_naturalist.

Photo ©Swarovski Optik.

Rates

$1232 per person includes all instruction, meals, and accommodations. Tax and gratuity not included.

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Zapata Ranch

Set back in a shady cotton woodgrove beneath the majestic 14,000-foot peaks of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains lies the historic Zapata Ranch headquarters and lodge, which was established in the late 1800’s. Elk, mule deer, migratory birds, eagles, and black bear also call this area home. The rooms are beautifully furnished and have an elegant southwestern decor that gives them the feel of home. All rooms have individual tiled bathrooms and views that are private, peaceful, and beautiful in any season.

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July 24 - 31, 2022
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July 31 - August 7, 2022
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Food as a Doorway to Memory: A Writing Workshop with Molly Wizenberg

August 14 - 21, 2022
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Foundations of Horsemanship with Cam Schryver

August 28 - September 4, 2022
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Intermediate Horsemanship with Cam Schryver

September 4 - 11, 2022
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Advanced Painting Horses with Jill Soukup

September 11 - 16, 2022
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Harvest Weekend

September 16 - 18, 2022
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The Strenuous Life Retreat with Ed Roberson

September 18 - 23, 2022
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Harvest Weekend

September 23 - 25, 2022
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Writing Workshop with Pam Houston

October 9 - 16, 2022
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Equine Gestalt & Herbal Wisdom with Kelly Dukarski & Jordan Stanton

October 19 - 22, 2022
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