· Two Buttes
Located just east of the Colorado Green Wind Farm 23 miles south of Lamar, the Frank Ranch offers birding along North Butte Creek as well as in the shortgrass prairie uplands. The black-tailed prairie dog towns are home to both Mountain Plover and Burrowing Owl and the old homesteads often yield Barn Owls. The area around headquarters is treed and may be a good migrant trap as it is due north of Two Buttes State Wildlife Area. The CRP on the Frank Ranch is a reliable place to see Grasshopper Sparrows and Northern Harriers and perhaps an occasional Short-eared Owl. The ranch is also home to a unique fossilized oyster bed on the banks of North Butte Creek.
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Lowland Riparian
Directions: To inquire about access to this ranch and to get directions, please call David Frank at 719-336-3494 a minimum of 72 hours in advance of your potential visit. Please remember that this is a working ranch as well as a private residence, and there may be times when the landowner cannot accommodate visits. While you are on the ranch, remember to stay on roads, leave gates as you find them (whether open or closed), and refrain from taking anything off the ranch or leaving trash behind.
Delorme: 103 B7
Roads of Colorado: 142 B2
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Dawn to dusk, contact owner prior to visit
Restrictions: No smoking
Lodging: Rocking 7K Ranch or hotel in Lamar or Springfield
Handicapped Access: Limited
To visit the ranch please contact David Frank at (719) 336-3494 no fewer than 72 hours in advance.