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March 23, 2017

Photographing the Flat

My favourite photographs are the ones that manage to get the Chico as it really is: a huge, rolling expanse of yellow-brown prairie, freckled with cholla, and ringed by a faraway line of mountains.

March 22, 2017

First Weeks

So far I have only completed two weeks of work here on the Chico, however in that time I have learned a lot. That first week was a crash course in everything that you could think of when it comes to ranch life. Growing up, I had been around ranching but nothing as intensive as this. I learned the location of everything on the ranch, what my duties were, and much more. Getting acquainted with my surroundings and the people

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March 13, 2017

Ranchhands: 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, I can totally do this!’ And I came in and it like knocked me down a peg, so fast.”

March 6, 2017

Duke and the Buffalo

This film by Alfredo Alcántara & Josh Chertoff follows Duke Phillips III and his team at Zapata Ranch during our annual fall bison works. This unique conservation effort is instrumental in protecting the endangered wild bison and the rich landscape it inhabits.

February 13, 2017

Welcome to the North Country

In the buffalo pasture, there are many places where the fences are drifted over and the buffalo have taken this opportunity to walk right over them and head south for the winter.

February 8, 2017

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.

February 6, 2017

On the Ground

By the time I graduated and left the academic world behind, I felt as though had I gained little ground in the reality of what I had spent so much time trying to understand. I left wanting to work on a ranch.

February 6, 2017

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.

February 3, 2017

Prairie Winter

Even during winter, when the rest of the prairie falls dormant, days grow shorter, and animals retreat into their winter dens, the ranchers’ work doesn’t slow.