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    Zapata Tent Camps

    “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

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    by Emily Paxson

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    Christmas in Spring

    Photographer Matt DeLorme reflects on his first branding experience at the Chico.

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  • Chasing the Green

    This spring feels like it’s pregnant. As if it is about to burst out unchecked as a living being.

    by Duke Phillips

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April 13, 2017

Chasing the Green

This spring feels like it’s pregnant. As if it is about to burst out unchecked as a living being.

September 30, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under: September Spring

It’s a bit to wrap my head around the different seasons here down under. While at home things are cooling off and the leaves are turning orange and yellow here in Oz the only fall hues are in the soil. The grass is greening up and already the temps have been over 100′ a few different days.

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June 20, 2016

May Ranch Roundup

Every spring, hundreds of local students visit Chico Basin Ranch. Their visits are a unique opportunity to share stories about ranching and our role in conserving the high prairie ecosystem.

May 9, 2016

Spring

Spring is here in the valley and there are signs of it everywhere. The cottonwoods are greening up, hearty wildflowers are bursting through the ground and wildlife and their young can be spotted all around. Pronghorn, bison, and elk calves pepper the valley and mule deer fawns, jackrabbits, and a variety of birds can be seen around the lodge. I’ve even seen gray foxes just down the road from the ranch, which was very exciting. Spring is truly a special

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April 16, 2016

Pronghorn

Other than livestock, pronghorns characterize Chico Basin Ranch. Only found in North America, they are a dominate feature on the Great Plains. Known for speed, running at an excess of 50 mph, they rely on keen vision to detect potential danger.  Pronghorns raise white rump hairs when a potential predator is spotted, alerting the herd to potential danger.  Pronghorns seldom drink water, obtaining moisture from the grasses and prairie plants they consume.  After eating, they regurgitate their food and ingest

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April 14, 2016

Sprung

Spring snuck up on me this year.  I took some time off to head back to Kansas for a week in late March.  There was no mistaking that spring was in full force there, given the golf course-like pastures.  Here in the high desert, it’s a bit more subtle.

Before I left we’d been around a few fences and hadn’t really noticed any green yet.  There was a green hue, but perhaps I thought it was wishful thinking or my mind

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April 7, 2016

Poetry with Jake

This is the lead

A string at the first bead

Now they follow

And later they will wallow

While I’m drinking mead.

 

The end.

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April 6, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under

Saddling up my horse before the first light of dawn I wonder what things I will have learned by the end of the day. Even as I come to begin my second year as an apprentice I know that what I have learned in the past year is just the first line in the series of what ranching will teach me.
Sometimes in life you are gifted with opportunities that drive you to push your own limits and accomplish more than

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March 29, 2016

Short-eared Owls

When I first talked with Duke about Mountain Plovers 10 years ago he said “they are up on the hill.”  A casual observer would see Chico as flat grasslands, a few ponds and some riparian areas, but no hills.  But, a careful observer sees the prairie as a multitude of microhabitats, each habitat supporting a unique flora and fauna.  Short-eared Owls sometimes winter on the Chico but since they roost on the ground, they need dense cover from predators and

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