ScienceWorks website. Sign up before spaces fill! The following camps will be led by KBO Educator Jeanine Moy: Wild Birds & Radical Raptors, July 15 – July 19 (EXPLORERS 2nd-3rd graders, full day) Join KBO to explore the wild and wacky world of birds! Did you know that Peregrine Falcons can fly up to 240 miles per hour? Or that the Arctic Tern has a 7,000 mile migration from pole to pole? We will learn how to hoot like an owl, take apart owl pellets, and watch birds in action with a visit from Badger Run and a field trip to KBO’s bird banding station. You don’t want to miss this camp; it’s a hoot! Avian Artists, July 22 – July 26 (SEEKERS K – 1st grade, 9am-12pm) and August 19 – August 23 (EXPLORERS 2nd – 3rd graders, full day) Did you know that the blue in a birds’ feather is not from a pigment but from a microscopic structure? And now scientists have used this knowledge to make lasers? Birds have inspired artists, scientists and engineers for centuries, and now it’s your turn! Campers will meet birds of all colors, shapes, and behaviors to inspire paintings, sculpture, music and their own practical inventions. Campers will explore a different type of bird-inspired beauty, biology, or building each day. Habitat Detectives, July 29 – August 2 (CHALLENGERS 4th – 6th graders, full day) Do you like puzzles, riddles and mysteries? During this week-long mystery we will conduct a Secret Songbird Search, a Turkey Vulture Scavenger Hunt, and a Waterfowl Wander in order to find our final treasure on Friday. We will explore the diversity of habitats in the Ashland watershed. As we gather and record “evidence,” we will learn about the scientific process, local bird species, and uncover clues to a fun celebratory surprise! This camp includes a series of walking field trips.
John Alexander, Executive Director, Klamath Bird Observatory The Playwright Public House 258 A STREET Ashland, OR 97520 In this ScienceWorks Pub Talk, John will review the history of conservation policy in the United States, summarize the state of the birds in our nation, and discuss how Klamath Bird Observatory improves conservation in our own backyard, the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion. The United States has a history of progressive conservation policies, with roots tracing back to Aldo Leopold’s famous essay, The Land Ethic. These policies aim to conserve entire ecosystems, however, achieving the grand vision of ecosystem conservation proves challenging. Klamath Bird Observatory, based here in Ashland, is overcoming this challenge through key partnerships and the use of applied scientific research. Working nationally, Klamath Bird Observatory has collaborated with leading conservation organizations to produce annual State of the Birds reports. These reports summarize the health of our nation’s birdlife and recognize birds as indicators of our environmental, economic, and social well-being. Working locally in the Klamath-Siskiyou Region—a globally recognized hotspot for biodiversity—Klamath Bird Observatory provides land managers with the scientific findings necessary to manage for entire communities of native birds, themselves indicators of the health of the environment as a whole. We hope to see you there!
here for video access and then call 1-866-628-1318 (passcode: 6959549) to hear the presenters.
excellent article about the book. The Klamath Bird Observatory is pleased to be hosting Harry Fuller’s first book signing event from 630-730pm on Wednesday, February 27th at the KBO Offices (320 Beach St., Ashland, OR). We hope to see you there. The book, published by Living Gold Press, is available for $21.95 and proceeds from this event will be donated to the Klamath Bird Observatory. Light refreshments will be provided. Harry Fuller is an experienced birding guide in the Pacific States and a KBO Board Member. This is Harry’s first book.
Posted by Brandon Breen, on Jan. 3rd, 2013
**These positions are now filled**
Position Title: BIRD MONITORING STUDENT VOLUNTEER INTERNSHIPS
Stipend: $750/month and housing will be providedPosition Description The Klamath Bird Observatory (www.klamathbird.org) is seeking five interns (April – July) to participate in the bird monitoring component of a large river restoration project in northern California. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain exposure to an array of ornithological field methods while working on a high profile restoration project in a beautiful part of the world. Job Duties Duties will include nest searching/monitoring, spot map surveys, and vegetation surveys. Additional duties include: managing and entering data, maintaining equipment, and completing other tasks as required. Exposure to other aspects of the project, including point count and riverine float surveys, is possible and will be contingent upon logistics and personal aptitude. Field training on protocol methodology, bird identification, and orienteering will be provided early in the field season. Basic Qualifications Applicants should demonstrate a strong interest in birds, natural history, and field biology, and should be prepared to work long days in the field in hot and inclement weather, follow prescribed protocols, be meticulous in collecting and recording data, be in good physical condition, work well both independently and closely with others, possess good communication skills, and have a valid Driver’s License. Applicants must be willing to work in areas rife with poison oak, Himalayan Blackberry, and biting and stinging insects, with the potential to encounter rattlesnakes, black bears, and cougars. It is essential that the applicant be comfortable and capable of working independently both at remote sites and in developed areas where interaction with the public is likely. Desired qualifications include: experience with ornithological field methodologies, camping, and orienteering. To apply, send cover letter (including dates of availability and whether you have a personal vehicle), resume, and contact information for three references to Jaime Stephens (jlh AT klamathbird.org). Snail mail applications are also accepted: Klamath Bird Observatory, PO Box 758, Ashland, OR 97520. Applicants will be evaluated beginning January 7th and on a continual basis until all positions are filled.
Posted on Dec. 24, 2012
By Brandon Breen, on Dec.7, 2012 Jaime Stephens, KBO’s Research and Monitoring Director, answered questions about the response of birds to climate change for an article in the Outdoor section of the Medford Mail Tribune. As the climate changes, Jaime explained, bird distributions will shift and this will lead to new competitive interactions among species and new experiences with predators for some species. For bird species already at risk, climate change can present yet another challenge. Birds that depend on highly seasonal food resources, such as aerial insects or nectar from flowers, and long-distance migrants that depend on food being available for the duration of their migrations, also may face challenges. Read the full article online or in pdf format.
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Central Umpqua-Mid-Klamath Oak Habitat Conservation Project. Read the December 4th, 2012 article titled “Region’s Oak Stands Ecologically Important” online or click here for a PDF of the article text. Oak habitat is important for many birds, including Oak Titmouse and White-breasted Nuthatch.
By Brandon Breen, on Oct. 5, 2012 A high school environmental science class from St. Mary’s School visited the Klamath Bird Observatory banding station at Willow Wind to learn about bird banding, bird watching, and how studying birds gives us information about the health of our environment. See the Medford Mail Tribune article, or see just the text of the article.