There is more than one way to know a place. There is more than one way to see a landscape. There is more than one way to understand land health. And there is more than one way to sense if a landscape is healthy.
Over the years, apprentices have become front and center to Ranchlands’ operations.
Meet Madi, Andrea, and Bri, the artisans of our leather shop.
Banded on September 11 2019
Two students from W.J. Palmer High School, Kathryn and Michelle Kummel, used an arroyo on Chico Basin Ranch to study erosion with drone technology.
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 have the opportunity to harvest meat from that same land, to the birders and the dragonfly-hunters, and to all of us who are willing to step outside of our comfort zone and come see for ourselves where the food we eat comes from.
I’m a big fan of chaos. I love trying to make sense of things that are halfway out of control. It is the engine that propels life forward, and the best example of chaos in ranching are our brandings.
The spring banding season of 2019 marked the 20th year of banding birds at Chico Basin Ranch.