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Every year in July people gather in the forest along the Long Tom River to celebrate the Oregon Country Fair. Today throughout the Northwest only five percent of the original riparian forest remains, making this an important site. Many migrating and resident birds use this forest as their breeding grounds and are still actively nesting when the fair takes place. Each year before and during the fair, bird nests are found in highly used areas including, in 2008 when a Bewick’s Wren nest was discovered in the women’s bathroom. Klamath Bird Observatory and its partners help to protect the nests by flagging off areas close by to keep curious Fair-goers at a distance, which they seem happy to do. It is important to keep a distance from nests because nestling birds need to eat often to survive, when there is a disturbance (such as a crowd) around the nest, parents are unlikely to take food to the young chicks. The KBO booth is located in the Community Village and is happy to help with any nests found, questions related to birds, and also welcomes people to stop by and add to the fair’s species list or share a fun bird related story. To read the whole Fair Family News article and learn more about nesting birds at the Oregon Country Fair click here.
To read the full article in Redwood Region Audubon Society’s newsletter and to learn more about nocturnal migration click here.
click here to read the full article in the Klamath Wingwatchers, Inc. Newsletter.
Daily Tidings article click here.
The Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion is known for its incredible amount of biodiversity, including birds. One of the ways Klamath Bird Observatory can help monitors bird populations in this region is through bird banding stations. KBO has grown into having banding stations in Northern California and Southern Oregon, by doing this they are able to gather unique information of individual birds as well as migration trends. Click here to read the full Mail Tribune article and to learn more about how bird banding stations are run.