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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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February 8, 2017

Tracking Colorado Pronghorn

Pronghorn are one of the most iconic species of the American plains, yet biologists know very little about their movements in southeastern Colorado.

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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.

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.

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December 19, 2016

The Year in Birds

Large plains cottonwoods and riparian areas surrounded by sedges, rushes and cattails make the Chico an avian oasis.

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November 28, 2016

Bison Works 2016

“Magnificent, bizarre and iconic”: read about our encounters with bison and see photos from an action-packed week.

Sandhill Cranes fill the skies of the San Luis Valley every spring prior to dispersing to their northern nesting grounds.
October 26, 2016

Cranes

Yesterday morning we rode from headquarters in the dark to get a jump start on the cattle. We hit the back of the pasture right at 7 o’clock when the sun was rising. In the distance I could hear an unfamiliar sound at the nearby reservoir. As I went about moving cattle, a flock of Sandhill Cranes took flight from the water and continued on their migration.

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August 19, 2016

Mile High Bug Club

In the film A Bug’s Life the heroes are ants while the villains are grasshoppers. The Pharaoh Ramesses II compared Hittite armies to locusts and in an Aesop fable called The Ant and the Grasshopper ants worked hard all summer while grasshoppers played; the result being ants survived the winter while the grasshoppers perished.  In an Anton Chekov short story, Poprygunya, an unfaithful woman is compared to a grasshopper “hopping from one man to another.”

Under suitable environmental conditions, billions of

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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.