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Chico Basin with Kara Laszczyk
April 19, 2023 @ 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Join Aiken & Kara Laszczyk for a bird trip to Chico Basin on Wednesday, April 19th. We will meet at Target (1630 E Cheyenne Mountain Road, 80906) at 730a, carpool and then will return to Target around 2p. Pack a snack, lunch and water.
Attendance will be limited to the first 15 people to register – email [email protected] with your interest. Entrance to the ranch is $10 per person. We will be carpooling from Target. If you are interested in driving, please let me know when registering, along with how many people you can include in your vehicle.
Chico Basin Ranch is a family-managed cattle ranch owned by the Colorado Land Board and operating on the high prairie of eastern Colorado. They use age-old ranching practices, progressive grazing management, and innovative business strategies to maintain healthy lands and a profitable, rewarding livelihood.
The ranch is a major flyway for migratory birds, due to abundant springs, lakes, and other bird habitat, and is well known as one of the prime birding locations in the state. Over 330 species of birds—some rarely seen in Colorado—have been sighted on the ranch.
The ranch operates a bird banding station during the spring and fall in partnership with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. In addition, school groups, birding groups, and other educational programs are hosted throughout the year.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate. We will hike 2 miles and drive in-between. Depending on weather conditions leading up to the trip, trails could be snowy or muddy.– Bring binoculars, camera and/or spotting scope and dress for the Colorado Springs forecast. If you would like to borrow binoculars, please let me know in advance.– There is a porta potty by the banding station and another by their headquarters.
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