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July 14, 2017

Fall Colors at Zapata Ranch

Snow capped mountain peaks and woolly bison. Capture fall at Zapata Ranch during a workshop with photographer Stephen Weaver.

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

October 27, 2016

Migrant Cranes

Of the 15 species of crane worldwide, Sandhill Crane is the most numerous and it makes an annual fall appearance on the Chico in October where numbers are sometimes high.  A smallish flock (55) flew over Rose Pond this afternoon on their way south to as far as Mexico.  The larger Greater Sandhill Crane  breeds in northwest Colorado but this smaller Lesser Sandhill Crane is the one we most often encounter on the Chico. Some Sandhill Cranes breed in Siberia,

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October 26, 2016


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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