Chico Basin Ranch
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5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Diane Roberts Samatha576@aol.com or 720-278-9025
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Meet at Lowe's in Castle Rock near the outlet stores. I-25 south, exit at Founders/Meadows Pkwy (exit 184), turn right (west), then right on Santa Fe Dr (Hwy 85), then right on New Beale St. Exact address 1360 New Beale St, Castle Rock, CO 80108
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This trip is limited to the first 8 registrations.
Chico Basin Ranch is a working cattle ranch located in El Paso/Pueblo counties southeast of Colorado Springs. This is always a fan favorite! It is a shortgrass prairie which brings the nesting prairie species and migrants.
We will bird Hanover Road to the fire station on the way to Chico. Once in Chico Basin Ranch, we sign in and pay the $10 (car 4) to $15 (less than 4) fee, per person. Areas to be birded will be the Headquarters, Banding Station and Rose Pond. We will see warbers, sparrows, thrushs, swallows, and waterfowl. You say, "why isn't she specific with species" because they are constantly migrating, or hiding, so hard to be specific. We will be walking on uneven ground and various stops which will amount to close to 3 miles. A higher clearance vehicle is the best for Chico as the roads can have washboards in certain areas.
Please only sign up for the trip if you plan on attending, not as a place holder. If you need to drop off the trip, please do so in a timely manner as to allow any waitlist people enough time to join. If you are not feeling well, please drop from the trip as a courtesy to the others. Be prepared with layered clothing for the cool mornings and hot afternoons. Bring of plenty of fluids and food for the day. Speaking of fluids, we will stop at a gas station on the way and then there are only a couple port a potties at the Ranch. Bring insect repellent and sunscreen, and plan on lots of sunshine.