May 2017 – Completed

A Trip to Chico Basin Ranch: bird banding, prairie ecology, and ranching

Saturday, May 6, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Click here for flyer: PALSFlyer_May_2017

Meet no later than 7:40 a.m. at: Cheyenne Mountain Junior High – 1200 W Cheyenne Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

*We will travel by bus to Chico Basin Ranch (

Please meet the bus at CMJH by 7:40 am so that you can be settled into the bus and ready for departure promptly at 8:00 am. The restrooms will be open at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High prior to departure.

In order to offer .5 credit from Colorado School of Mines or 7.5 hours of increment credit, we have to have 7.5 hours of instruction, bus riding time normally does not count.

To make the field trip more productive and compact, Becca Fruct from Chico Basin will be driving to Colorado Springs and riding the bus with us so that she can talk to us on the bus as part of the instructional time.  We will also have a working lunch, and finally we are asking everyone to look at the following 2 websites before the trip.

This will take about 15 minutes and they provide good background on the philosophy behind the operations at Chico Basin.

Please remember to bring water and a lunch, clothing appropriate for a day in the field and your science notebook.  If this is your first Science Hub Meeting of this school year, you will be provided with a composition book.

We will have an assortment of snacks and beverages available on the bus.

This is the final Science Hub Meeting of this school year and time to think about credit.  If you want Colorado School of Mines Credit, the simplest thing would be to bring your check book and take care of the paperwork on the bus.  You can also work with Sandy Smith by e-mail and snail mail to get credit application information and a check to her after the field trip.

Chico Basin Ranch is an 87,000-acre family-run, working cattle ranch that operates on the high prairie 30 miles southeast of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Its sprawling ranges of shortgrass and sandsage prairie, spring-fed lakes, creeks, and pools are home to diverse populations of birds, pronghorn, deer, fish, prairie dogs, coyote, badgers, and much more. Chico Basin is dedicated to the enhancement and preservation of the natural world and western heritage. Chico Basin educational programs focus on nature, grazing, local history, ecology, biology, ranching practices, business development, and our management model. The Chico’s abundant springs, creeks, lakes, and other habitat provide refuge for hundreds of species of migratory birds. Each spring and fall, the ranch maintains a bird banding station in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. The current list of bird species sighted on the ranch numbers over 330. The program today will focus on bird banding, ecology, and ranching.