PINELLO RANCH

Pinello Ranch Offers Good Birding

The Pinello Ranch covers over 200 acres, It is located just north of Venetucci Farm, at 4940 S. US Hwy 85/87 in Widefield*. The ranch has long kept local birders’ mouths watering for an opportunity to explore this secret world. With over half a dozen ponds, and with riparian habitat bordering Fountain Creek, this is truly a wildlife oasis.

The ranch is being slowly brought back to life by the Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCF), who own and operate Venetucci Farm. Hay meadows are being restored, a historic apple orchard is being replanted and a dozen or so cows are grazing. The ranch also provides the same type of outstanding wildlife habitat as Fountain Creek Regional Park a few miles downstream, which has documented 290 bird species and obtained Important Birding Area (IBA) status from Audubon of Colorado.

The long term goal is to make Pinello Ranch self-sustaining. To do so will mean that both agricultural and wildlife aspects are managed together. The first step in this process will be surveying the bird population, adding a listing to the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s (CDOW) Colorado Birding Trail and applying for IBA status.

You can see a short video about programs offered at Pinello Ranch here.

Volunteers are being sought for bird surveys, tours and help with the IBA process. If interested please contact David Rudin, drudin@ppcf.org.

Current Trips

Spring migration is just around the corner! It is an amazing spectacle which begins with bluebirds and Say’s Phoebes in March, shorebirds like American Avocets in late April, followed by warblers and a host of other species in May.

Highlights will include tips on identifying different species and learning about behavior and habitat needs. At Pinello Ranch, we are working to manage the ranch for agriculture and wildlife. This spring we will also continue our bird banding project, helping us document the diverse bird life of Pinello Ranch. Please note our bird banding demonstrations on May 3, for our celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, and May 17.

Pre-registration is required for all events as group size will be limited to 15.

When: Saturdays: Please note starting times can vary by date.

  • April 26, 7 – 9:30 am
  • May 3, International Migratory Bird Day: Bird Banding Demo and two 60 minute hikes: 7 – 8 am, 8:15-9:15 am (bird banding demo after each hike)
  • May 10, 7 – 9:30 am
  • May 17 Bird Banding Demo and two 60 minute hikes: 7 – 8 am, 8:15 – 9:15 am (bird banding demo after each hike)
  • May 24, 7 – 9:30 am

Where: Pinello Ranch, 4940 S. US Hwy 85/87, CoSpgs, 80911 *(Directions below)
Cost: $9/adult, $7/college student, $5/children (children 5 and under are free)
To Register: Please visit our website to register: www.ppcf.org/impact/pinello-ranch/birding
Please note the hikes will go rain or shine and thus no refunds will be given.

For Questions: Email: David Rudin, drudin@ppcf.org or call 719-648-9324

Special Notes:Please bring binoculars and bird identification books (Some accommodations are possible with advance notice). The walking will be moderate but please plan on trail hiking.

*Directions: From the North: TakeSouth Academy Exit from I-25, exit #135. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left heading north on Academy Blvd. Approximately 1/4 mile on right exit onto Hwy 85. Turn right onto Hwy 85 and take first right into Pinello Ranch. Drive straight, passing through the main gate, down a hill and you will be shown where to park. 

 

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