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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.

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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.

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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.

January 29, 2017

Sandhill Crane Migration

Every spring and fall, Sandhill Cranes stop over on the Medano-Zapata Ranch during their annual migration.

Photos by Matthew DeLorme and Madeline Jorden

January 17, 2017

The Sound of Silence

I had never truly experienced the sound of silence in its purest form until I came to the Chico.

January 12, 2017

Transitioning

I think it was the creek that did it, or more specifically the ragged wall of half-dead, flash-flooded trees that bordered it.

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January 2, 2017

Inside the Chico Snow Globe

We always linger longer together in the winter – and that may be why it’s actually the warmest time of year on the Chico.

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December 19, 2016

Chinks

What do ranchers have in common with frontier trappers, Native Americans, Texas Rangers and Christian missionaries?