BIRD MIGRATION ROUTES

BIRD MIGRATION ROUTES

Every year, bird migrate north to south following traditional migration routes, many of which pass straight through the heart of our ranches.

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SIZE MATTERS

SIZE MATTERS

Comparing the bill lengths of the 30 species of shorebirds recorded on Chico Basin Ranch reveals an amazing difference in […]

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CHICO SWALLOWS

CHICO SWALLOWS

Swallows are common throughout the world and often nest in close proximity to humans. At Chico Basin Ranch during spring, […]

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SWIFT FOX ON THE HUNT

SWIFT FOX ON THE HUNT

While looking for summer birds on the prairie, I surprised a swift fox that was stalking young black-tailed prairie dogs in one of the Chico Basin ...

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VELVET ANTS

VELVET ANTS

Because of the dense hair on their bodies, these insects are called velvet ants and in some rural areas they […]

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THE HUNT

THE HUNT

The most recent addition to the Chico Basin Ranch Bird Checklist is Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicaria).  There are only three […]

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GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

In 2014, during late fall, multiple Short-eared Owls were found in a weedy, formerly irrigated portion of Chico Basin Ranch. […]

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CHICO’S NATIVE BEES

CHICO’S NATIVE BEES

Although many other organisms besides bees are good at pollinating plants, bees are the only species that carry pollen from one flower to another, ...

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THE AMERICAN BADGER

THE AMERICAN BADGER

Sports enthusiasts will recognize the American badger as the mascot of the University of Wisconsin, chosen because of its ferocious […]

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