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Besides being home to horses and cattle, the Chico Basin Ranch also hosts an incredible diversity of native plants, animals, and insects. A closer look at the land will reveal micro-habitats varying from sandhills to sand sage habitat, shortgrass prairies and cholla cactus grasslands. These various ecosystems provide a home for a dizzying array of birds, grasshoppers, swift foxes, pronghorn, badgers, prairie dogs and more.

Birding Checklist

Birding Map

Dragonfly &  Damselfly Checklist

October 19, 2017

Double-crested Cormorants

Named for head feathers appearing during breeding season, Double-crested Cormorants were adversely affected after WWII when the use of DDT was permissible as a pesticide.

October 16, 2017

Broad-winged Hawk

Usually a secretive eastern forest species, at least three Broad-winged Hawks were observed the first week of October on Chico Basin Ranch.

October 4, 2017

A Closer Look

There is another, hidden side of the Chico Basin Ranch that you have to get down on your knees to see.

October 2, 2017

Vultures

After several days of rainy weather, Turkey Vultures were on the move in Colorado.

September 18, 2017

Tropical Kingbird

9/17/17: The first recorded sighting of a Tropical Kingbird in Colorado occurred on Chico Basin Ranch.

September 12, 2017

Then They Go And Change Their Plumage

The poet, Ogden Nash, humorously wrote about how difficult it is to identify birds in his poem “Up From The Egg.” He mentions that even after finally being able to identify a bird it changes its plumage writing…”then it goes and changes its plumage, which plunges you back to ignorant ‘gloomage’…”  This is true but what he doesn’t say is that juvenile birds take weeks, months and sometimes even a year to molt to adult plumage. I have shown in

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