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Cowbirds

Cowbirds

Catherine and Joe Ortega Ph.D., from the FLC biology department, have been studying cowbirds at SJBRC for 7 years.  Catherine released a book entitled Cowbirds and Other Brood Parasites in Fall, 1998.  They have published numerous publications using data collected at the Old Fort (referred to as the San Juan Basin Research Center) including:

Improved Methods for Aging Second Year and After-Second Year Male Brown Headed Cowbirds

Effects of Brown-Headed Cowbirds and Predators on the nesting success of Yellow Warblers in Southwest Colorado

San Juan Basin Research Center

Research at the Old Fort provided many opportunities for graduate student research projects at Colorado State University. Over 40 MS theses and Ph.D. dissertations have been written on data collected at the Old Fort (San Juan Basin Research Center), and over 200 scientific papers and popular articles have been published.

In June 2010, Colorado State University closed the San Juan Basin Research Center at the Hesperus location.

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The Old Fort

18683 CO-140
Hesperus, CO 81326
 oldfortathesperus@fortlewis.edu
 970-385-4574

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Land Acknowledgement 

We acknowledge the land that the Old Fort is situated upon is the ancestral land and territory of the Nuuchiu (Ute) people who were forcibly removed by the United States Government. We also acknowledge that this land is connected to the communal and ceremonial spaces of the Jicarilla Abache (Apache), Pueblos of New Mexico, Hopi Sinom (Hopi), and Diné (Navajo) Nations.

The Old Fort and Fort Lewis College are committed to reconciling their history as a federal Indian Boarding School from 1892 to 1909.

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The Old Fort is owned by the Colorado State Land Board and managed by Fort Lewis College.