April 16, 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 //

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 it a second time (cud). Fawns are born during spring and they can stand after one day.  One or sometimes two fawns spend a year foraging with their mother before they become independent.