April 2011 Archives

BRAVO! Sylvan Dale is thrilled to learn that the former HP/Agilent campus in Loveland has been chosen as the location for the new Colorado-based Aerospace and Clean Energy Manufacturing and Innovation Park.

HP/Agilent Technologies Inc. campus in Loveland, CO
HP/Agilent Technologies Inc. campus in Loveland, CO. Photo credit:
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We applaud all those who worked so hard to bring this exciting project, called “the biggest economic development initiative in Colorado in at least a quarter century” (Tom Clark, Metro Denver EDC) to our home town!

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You may be interested in a community-wide effort to clean up Loveland area waterways!  COME ON OUT SATURDAY AND BE PART OF A SPECIAL PROJECT!  Sylvan Dale Ranch is once again joining the Big Thompson Watershed Forum’s 2011 Annual Spring Waterway Clean-up this Saturday, April 16th from 9:00am to Noon.  The City of Loveland is hosting other groups in other areas – but if you’d like to help on the Big Thompson River near the ranch, call 970-667-3915 and we’ll give you the meet-up info.  Here is a shot of ranch friends and neighbors, Connor and John, smiling with their efforts last year on a beautiful stretch of river.  More than 250 volunteers of all ages gathered up 10 tons of trash last year!  Let’s beat our own record!

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We have a couple new calves to add to the proud Heart-J Herd!

The New Two

The first calf is a free-martin and was born on Sunday April, 17th. Her brother was born the next day on Monday.

Come out for our Easter Celebration Brunch and take a hayride to visit them!

Every day is Earth Day at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch.

In our daily activities we try to keep in mind that this is the first day of the rest of the life of the planet.

This happens in little ways and larger ones. On the personal scale, Team leads and their staffs are sensitive to the “Four R’s”—Refuse-Reduce-Reuse-Recycle. This comes naturally at Sylvan Dale. The modern guest ranch operation was founded in 1946 by Maurice and Mayme "Tillie" Jessup, both “children of the Great Depression.” Re-use was simply a matter of survival and recycling earned a few extra pennies.

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Ranch guest Connie Kogler has this to share about yesterday’s bird watching outing at Sylvan Dale on the Simply Birding blog:

Broad-winged Hawk seen during a good day birding

“Today I took a group of thirteen folks out to Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch (private for a birding tour. We had a great day with 30 species found. … We spent about 3 hours browsing the ranch and enjoying the birds and weather” (Connie Kogler).

You can read Connie’s full post and view photos of the birds spotted at Connie’s blog, Birds ‘O The Morning.

Visit our Nature & Birding page for more birding information and to download a checklist of the potential avifauna of Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, courtesy of  David M. Armstrong, Sylvan Dale’s Resident Naturalist.

Then come enjoy your own good day birding at Sylvan Dale!

Wow, what a great day birding!

The “Birding The Big Thompson” monthly bird walk series had a special outing here at the ranch. The day broke, gray and beautiful with gently falling snow. Typical weather for April in Colorado. We tallied over 30 species of birds! Many of our participants saw new “life birds”, meaning it was the first time ever that they saw a specific species!

One of the highlights of the day was a Broad-winged Hawk with prey – an unfortunate Black-billed Magpie. Another was the gorgeous flock of Western Bluebirds – joined by one Mountain Bluebird.

Read more on When It Snows, There’s Birds!…

We’re pleased to announce that David Jessup has been chosen for a fellowship awarded by Colorado State University’s Center for Collaborative Conservation. David was selected as one of the five “conservation practitioners” to take part in the program. A total of only eighteen fellowships were awarded.

David Jessup is co-owner of Sylvan Dale Ranch, a 3,500-acre working dude ranch west of Loveland that raises grass-fed beef for local sale. Jessup’s fellowship will allow him to test two soil restoration strategies, mob grazing and compost tea application on an irrigated hay field where decades of hay removal has depleted the soil. Working with university and government collaborators, he will measure changes in soil quality indices and analyze the potential value of these improvements for a ranchland ecosystem services market for Colorado and the Western United States. His report will be applicable to soil restoration, conservation and grazing land management for private and public lands” (http://www.news.colostate.edu/Release/5703).

Warner College Collaborative Conservation Fellows
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