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(THE ORIGINAL RANCH)
LAKEWOOD, NEW MEXICO
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lNATURAL HISTORY OF THE RANCH

The Ranch is located on the northeastern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert in southern New Mexico.  According to the Chihuahuan Desert Homepage, The Chihuahuan Desert is the most eastern and southern desert of the four deserts in North America.  The other deserts are the Great Basin Desert, the Sonoran Desert, and the Mojave Desert.  It is considered a high desert with elevations ranging from about 1970 to 5500 ft.  The summers are hot and the winters cool to cold.  Occasional winter frosts occur and in the north, there can be hard freezes.

 

Indicator plants in the Chihuahuan Desert include shrubs such as creosotebush, mesquite, agave, and ocotillo. The agave, Agave lecheguilla is the only plant endemic (limited to the area) to the Chihuahuan Desert.  Socorro, New Mexico marks the approximate northern-most extension of these plants and the Chihuahuan Desert (Chihuahuan Desert Homepage).

The Chihuahuan Desert is rich in animal life.  Some typical animals include the Desert Cottontail, Black-tailed Jack Rabbit , Cactus Mouse, Cactus Wren, Greater Roadrunner, Coachwhip Snake, New Mexican Whiptail Lizard, Red-Spotted Toad, and Tiger Salamander.

The organisms mentioned above and other aspects of the natural resources of The Ranch and the nearby region are discussed on the following pages.  Click on the Taxa to visit the appropriate page.

 

GROUP TAXA DESCRIPTION
Astronomy & the Night Sky   Sky maps for the middle of each month (9 pm) are presented along with information on the 88 constellations.
FAUNA    
  Birds Bird records are limited to sightings made from within the confines of the electric fence around The Ranch.  The birds may be outside the fence but the observer should be inside. 
  Insects Limits as above for the Arachnids.
  Mammals Checklist provided for Mammals of Southeastern New Mexico and Eddy County.
  Non-Insect Arthropods Non-insect arthropod records are limited to sightings made from within the confines of the electric fence around The Ranch.
  Reptiles & Amphibians Checklist provided for Reptiles and Amphibians of Eddy County.
FLORA    
  Agaves & Cacti Checklist provided for the Desert Grassland of New Mexico.
  Forbs Checklist provided for the Desert Grassland of New Mexico.
  Grasses Checklist provided for the Desert Grassland of New Mexico.
  Shrubs Checklist provided for the Desert Grassland of New Mexico.
  Trees Checklist provided for the Native Trees of Eddy County including some introduced species.
Rocks, Minerals, & Fossils   Rocks, Minerals, & Fossils found in the Southeastern part of New Mexico are included.  Suggested geological day trips from The Ranch are presented.

 

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THE RANCH
SKP Co-op Retreat of New Mexico, Inc.
P.O. Box 109
Lakewood, New Mexico 88254
Phone 575-457-2303 & FAX 575-457-2100
email: skpranch@pvtn.net