June 4, 2017
“We’ve got an hour before the sun sets, should we ride out and find some bison?”
And so kicked off our camp out on the Medano among the wild bison. A combination of laid-back spontaneity and the freedom of having 55,000 acres to yourself set the tone for the evening. With the tents set up and fire ring built, Kate, Jessie and I had our chores done and could go have some fun. We set off north in search of some …
March 7, 2017
Our bison threatened to stampede through the North Dakota pipeline demonstration during the fall roundup.
March 6, 2017
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.
December 16, 2016
A look inside the action-packed week of Bison Works.
November 28, 2016
“Magnificent, bizarre and iconic”: read about our encounters with bison and see photos from an action-packed week.
October 10, 2016
The philosophy behind rotational grazing.
June 6, 2016
“I have no words to say that could express the gratitude we have for your generosity. I was amazed when you answered so quickly and opened your land to us. Not long after our arrival the boys realized how unique this opportunity was to stay on the ranch. We were able to see the buffalo herd in the distance as we arrived late Friday evening. The view and perspective of the dunes was second to none.
We appreciate your hospitality to …
May 3, 2016
How many adult riders does it take to move a herd of kiddie bison? Fourteen. Obviously.
That was the size of our posse this past week when we pushed the remaining managed bison herd into the corrals on the Medano side of the Zapata Ranch. The wee woolies were getting prepped for their long road trip to the Land of Tatonka aka South Dakota aka the location of our newest ranch management project aka their new prairie home.
I always jump at …
March 14, 2016
Growing up in California, I always had great access to produce that had been grown no more than 50 miles away. It felt like farm-to-table at its finest when I presented a dish with several different varieties of vegetables and was able to say, “this entire meal is made with local produce.” Unsurprisingly, it took a bit of adjusting moving from coastal California to landlocked Colorado. But thanks to our local co-op, Valley Roots Food Hub, I’m getting to that …
February 22, 2016
During bison works, we wean some calves and bring them down to the lodge corrals. Here, we train them to electric fence and acclimate them to seeing a person afoot and horseback so that they are gentle and easy to manage. Once they’re ready, we turn them out to a small pasture where they can graze and learn to follow a feed truck. We keep them in this small pasture as long as we can so we can keep a close eye …