The Search for the Conservation Meme (10:00am – 10:25am)
Brandon M. Breen, Klamath Bird ObservatoryIn his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins coined the term “meme” to illustrate how evolutionary principles could help us understand cultural change in human societies. Each cultural idea, or “meme,” experiences increases or decreases in its expression in a human culture based, at least in part, on its merit or fitness. From a conservation perspective, the question arises, Does there exist a conservation meme with the potential for widespread expression in Western culture? This talk will be an exploration of how evolutionary principles can help us understand the prospects for a culture of conservation in the 21st century.
Avian Knowledge Northwest: An Online Science Delivery Tool (10:45am – 11:10am)
John D. Alexander, Jaime L. Stephens, Brandon M. Breen, Klamath Bird ObservatoryAvian Knowledge Northwest, a regional node of the Avian Knowledge Network, provides information on birds and the environment for professionals engaged in natural resource management in the Pacific Northwest. The data center is designed to advance bird and habitat conservation through the efficient delivery of information, specifically to (1) bring in and archive data, (2) ensure the multitude of datasets are discoverable and readily available, (3) combine datasets for broad-scale analyses, such as future species abundance under climate change scenarios, and (4) build a community of data providers and users who collaboratively identify information needs to address conservation challenges. Avian Knowledge Northwest is integrated with eBird Northwest, an application that encourages contributions from a growing citizen science community.
On Saturday January 4th, the Klamath Bird Observatory family, including staff, interns, board members, volunteers, partners, and supporters, participated once again in Ashland’s annual Christmas Bird Count. The Christmas Bird Count is an American tradition and the longest running citizen-fueled biological survey in the world, dating back to the year 1900 when the count was initiated by the Audubon Society as a blood-free alternative to the existing Christmas tradition of hunting birds.
Now, each year during the winter season, tens of thousands of volunteers venture outside for a day of fun and birdwatching. The information they collect sheds light on the health of bird populations, which itself speaks to the health of our society.The day of the Christmas Bird Count in Ashland began with persistent fog in the lower portions of the valley and bright sunshine in the higher elevations. American Robins and Cedar Waxwings were out in abundance, and a few species never before recorded during Ashland’s count were observed, including the Northern Goshawk. A local newspaper reporter joined one of the Christmas Bird Count teams to learn more about the event as well as Klamath Bird Observatory’s activities, including our efforts to elevate bird conservation through our upcoming Mountain Bird Festival. You can read the full Ashland Daily Tidings article by clicking this link.
Specifically, we’re looking to fill the following positions:
This position will focus on approaching potential sponsors and securing sponsorships for the festival.
This position will be in charge of marketing and promotions for the festival, and will work to put Mountain Bird Festival announcements in key publications.
Fine Art Kingbird
This position will approach local artists for donations for the festival’s Fine Art Auction, and will coordinate the delivery of these art pieces to the festival.
This position will explore merchandise options and then place orders for festival merchandise, such as t-shirts, caps, and tote bags.
Destination Lunch Kingbird
This position will plan and coordinate destination lunches for festival birdwatchers at a few sites throughout area.
Festival Brochure Kingbird
This position will organize the content for the festival brochure and help with the creation of the brochure.
This position will be our jack-of-all-trades kingbird. The Support Kingbird will help out during festival preparation with a variety of small tasks.
All positions will be supported by the Great Gray Owls (i.e., festival coordinators).
Click here to volunteer and get in touch with your inner kingbird!