July 14, 2016

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Bill Maynard, a botanist and former high school biology teacher, has worked for various government agencies from Alaska to South Florida and for The American Birding Association. He discovered the 87,000 acre Chico Basin Ranch to be the perfect natural laboratory to study and photograph birds, dragonflies, grasshoppers and other insects. Chico Basin Ranch Natural History Resources : BIRDING CHECKLIST // BIRDING MAP // DRAGONFLY & DAMSELFLY CHECKLIST //

During hot summer days when birds are scarce, a little exploration on Chico will reveal many grasshopper species.  This one inch guy was in the grasslands in the sand and its is appropriately named Four-spotted Grasshopper. This one is the only one I have ever seen. Females are black-and-white. Some grasshoppers are a challenge to photograph but if it was easy it wouldn’t be as much fun. I will lead a grasshopper field trip with Mile High Bug Club scheduled to begin at 0830 starting at HQ on 6 August. We might find as many as 30 species including some very colorful ones.  Fee.