Birders could add over 100 species to their life lists at Fink Ranch. Terns, yellow-legs, avocets, pelicans, and trumpeter swans share the vibrant river bottom with otter, mink, beaver, and muskrat. The ranch boasts abundant wetlands and over a half-mile of Madison River frontage.
Located just outside Missouri Headwaters State Park – identified as an “Important Bird Area” by the National Audubon Society – the Fink ranch provides critical habitat for both local and migratory species. The Finks first visited the property when they were looking for land to supplement their grazing operation. There were better pastures available, but they fell in love with the beauty and the wildlife, and have since become strong believers in protecting riparian habitat in the Headwaters Region. In 2014, they put their entire 188-acre ranch into a conservation easement with GVLT, and hope to inspire their neighbors to follow suit.