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.
County officials are in search of new funding after the federal budget cuts caused NOAA-fisheries to pull its $275,000 grant. This money was allocated to the final two years of a five year study to monitor the effects on the Rogue River after the 2010 Gold Ray Dam removal. Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board has granted the county $135,385 which will go to aspects of the study where county officials believe there is the most to learn. One of the financial changes affects the Klamath Bird Observatory’s long-term monitoring efforts of the upstream riparian habitat and its bird populations. Jaime Stephens, KBO’s research and monitoring director believes continuing that aspect of the study for several future years would add valuable information about the impact of the dam removal upstream as well as to the riparian restoration work. KBO will seek funding to continue its long-term monitoring efforts. To read this full article in the Mail Tribune click here.
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