Chico Basin Ranch

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about CHICO BASIN RANCH

The Chico is an 87,000 acre cattle ranch on the eastern plains of Colorado. Its sprawling ranges of short grass and sandsage prairie, spring-fed lakes, and creeks are home to diverse populations of birds, pronghorn, deer, fish, prairie dogs, coyote, badgers, and much more. Owned by the Colorado State Land Board and managed by Ranchlands, the Chico also offers education, farming, recreation, sporting, arts, and hospitality programs.

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 9, 2017

Bird Banding Recap

A glimpse into the richly variegated world of Pink-sided Juncos, Red-breasted Nuthatches, and Golden-crowned Kinglets.

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 20, 2017

Filson: On The Ranch

This short video from Filson’s fall 2017 campaign highlights Ranchlands’ vision for the future of ranching.