David Tønnessen has already made quite a name for himself in the Colorado birding community. He recorded the first sighting of a tropical king bird in the state of Colorado with his two younger brothers at the Chico Basin Ranch. Less than three months later, he recorded another first sighting.
“The Crane is wildness incarnate. High horns, low horns, silence, and finally a pandemonium of trumpets, rattles, croaks… a new day has begun on the crane marsh. A sense of time lies thick and heavy on such a place. Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.”
Every year, bird migrate north to south following traditional migration routes, many of which pass straight through the heart of our ranches.
2019 marked the 20th year of bird banding at Chico Basin Ranch.
Banded on September 11 2019
The Chico belongs to the people of Colorado, to the thousands of children who visit the ranch in school groups each year, to future generations of humans who might still have the opportunity to harvest meat from that same land, to the birders and the dragonfly-hunters, and to all of us who are willing to step outside of our comfort zone and come see for ourselves where the food we eat comes from.
The spring banding season of 2019 marked the 20th year of banding birds at Chico Basin Ranch.
The Chico is one of the most diverse birding sites in Colorado, with over 330 different species–some of which are rarely seen in Colorado–recorded across the ranch.