Trip Registration

As part of your registration, in order to participate in a Denver Field Ornithologists, Inc. (“DFO”) trip or other activities designated by the Board of Directors, each adult participant and the parent of a minor participant (those under 18 yrs. of age) are required to review and sign (either electronically or manually) a DFO Acknowledgment and Assumption of Risks & Release and Indemnity Agreement (sometimes “Agreement”) Completing this document involves your acceptance of binding contract terms. This online registration system allows you to review and electronically sign the Agreement if you do not have one on file. If you would prefer to manually sign a printable version of the Agreement, you may access it here, and present it to the leader before trip start. If you choose this option, please contact your leader to assure you are signed up for the trip.

Please note: Each person, including each family member choosing to sign the Agreement electronically must login and have a separate account so that the agreement is tied to the individual. If you are having difficulty with multiple logins, please contact us for assistance. *Minors: If participant is a minor, the minor’s parent or legal guardian must print out, review and sign a paper copy of the Agreement and present it to the leader before the trip start. Any minor attending must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Logged in users who have a signed Agreement on file will have the opportunity to print or save it at any time. Click on the link to the printable copy and use your browser functions to save or print.

Meet Your Trip Leader
Chico Basin Ranch
5/20/2024      5:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Leader: Jessica Miller or 706-288-8112
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 12 registrations.

Habitats to bird: Grassland

DFO has a special opportunity to visit Chico Basin Ranch. If you have visited Chico on a DFO trip in recent years, please allow one hour after sign-ups open on this page so birders new to the ranch may have an opportunity.

Access to the ranch has changed. Chico Basin is no longer “open to the public” as before due to a change in land managers and access closes completely to the public for the season June 2. There is a $15 ranch fee per person (non-refundable). The pre-payment system is being established and participants will be informed as to how to make payment in advance.The hours allowed for being at the ranch are 7 AM to 1 PM.

We will visit Short Grass Prairie habitat, vanishing across the Great Plains, along with riparian and water habitats. We will observe bird banding at the banding station and look for birds in a few areas. We will bird along the way with Burrowing Owls, Lark Bunting, rails, warblers, Cassin's Sparrow are all possible. We will have lunch at the banding station picnic tables. Restrooms very limited on the Ranch (porta-john).   We will carpool in three cars (high clearance vehicles needed) and riders can expect to reimburse drivers about $15 per person. 

11 people have registered for this trip. There is one space left.
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