Klamath Bird Observatory is offering public visits to our bird banding station near Fort Klamath in the Upper Klamath Lake area. The banding station is scheduled on most Thursday mornings through mid-October. Individual, family, and group visits can be arranged by emailing KBO’s Banding Program Coordinator Bob Frey (see below).
Situated along Sevenmile Creek within Fremont-Winema National Forest, this banding station has been operated each year during the nesting and fall migration seasons since 1997—one of the longest running bird monitoring sites in the region. In the fall, many songbird species migrate through the Klamath Basin and can be encountered here. The location is also a birding hotspot on the Klamath Basin Birding Trail.
Also, KBO and Crater Lake National Park continue our bird ecology program series into the fall. These Ranger-led programs begin at the Park’s Steel Visitor Center and feature a visit to KBO’s banding station within Crater Lake National Park. These programs are scheduled on Thursday or Friday mornings—please check the Crater Lake National Park series flyer below for upcoming dates and more details.
Don’t miss these opportunities to visit KBO’s biologists and the birds they are studying up close!
Klamath Bird Observatory’s Wings and Wine Gala is back by popular demand. Come celebrate more than 20 years of KBO advancing bird and habitat conservation through science, education, and partnerships. Please help us continue our work by participating in this fundraiser.
$65 — Single Gala tickets $260 — Buy four get one free (Bring a friend!) $100 — Saturday, September 21st trip to Fort Klamath (more info at registration) $165 — One Gala ticket and Fort Klamath trip
Talk: May 23rd Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:00pm at 320 Beach Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520
Walk: May 25th Saturday, 8:00am – 1:00pm at Karl’s property on the edge of Ashland.
Bring binoculars. A light lunch/snack will be provided. After we walk the property, we can continue looking at the birds while we enjoy our lunch on the patio.
In the words of Karl: I feel grateful for the abundance of birds seen on our property two miles North of I-5 on N. Valley View Rd. which consists of several habitats including riparian, oak woodland, and grasslands. I’ve had quite a few days when I’ve traveled to see the birds and came home wondering why I didn’t just stay at home and see more species (of course, there are benefits to seeing new areas). However, when I get too old to tromp through the forests and swamps, there is comfort in knowing that I can sit on my deck and enjoy a multitude of birds.
Finding bird nests is challenging. Sometimes you accidentally find one, and other times you try hard, but no luck. I’ve had pretty good luck around my house with quite a few species. Golden Eagles nest about 1.6 miles from my house, so I see them regularly. Last year I had two new species: American Kestrel and Barn Owl. Western Kingbirds, Tree Swallows, Western Bluebirds, Red-tailed Hawks, and Bullock’s Orioles will also be likely nesters.
On Saturday’s field trip, we’ll check the nests in my yard, safely and ethically so we don’t over-stress the birds. Also, we will do some easy birding to see what else we can find. Thursday’s Talk portion will be a time to talk about nesting birds, with topics such as providing nest-building materials, providing nest boxes (including plans, construction, and placement), and maintenance. I have photos to share that I hope will stimulate a fun discussion of nesting birds. On Saturday there will be beverages and light lunch/snacks provided. With good weather, we can sit outside on the deck, have some snacks, watch and share the birds.
Regular cost: $50.00 Reduced cost: $40.00 for holders of the Conservation Stamp Set. Contact Shannon Rio at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-840-4655 to sign up.
Spring is here and so are the birds at the Rogue Valley Bird Day festival at Ashland’s North Mountain Park! Join Klamath Bird Observatory biologists at a bird banding demonstration—one of the many family friendly activities planned. The City of Ashland Department of Parks and Recreation with many partners will host the Rogue Valley Bird Day festival Saturday May 11 from 8 am to 12 pm. The festival is our local celebration of World Migratory Bird Day and will feature expert-guided bird walks, The Big Sit feeder watch, thrilling programs featuring birds of prey by Wildlife Images Education Rehabilitation Center, our bird banding demonstration, and the ever-very-popular bird calling contest!
KBO will also present an interactive display and demonstration of eBird tools that help link community birders with conservation science. The display will highlight Community Science tools that allow all birders to contribute to local and international monitoring efforts and existing bird data from Bear Creek and North Mountain Park, which has undergone immense restoration over the past 20 years.
The 2019 World Migratory Bird Day theme is “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution! Come and learn about the problems birds face from our world-wide plastic problem. And experience the bird migration right here in our beautiful Rogue Valley! Several walks through the park led by area birding experts will visit KBO’s bird banding demonstration. Biologists will share the captured wild birds up close before their release.
Each year, the World Migratory Bird Day advisory committee selects an artist to illustrate the annual conservation theme. Arnaldo Toledo Sotolongo, from Santa Clara, Cuba was selected to create the World Migratory Bird Day 2019 artwork. Arnaldo is a scientific illustrator, photographer and designer, and volunteers in conservation projects in his free time. His 2019 poster illustration tells a passionate though painfully tragic tale.
Now in its 29th year, World Migratory Bird Day has grown from a one-day event into a framework underpinning hundreds of projects and programs year-round. It is coordinated by Environment for the Americas, which provides multi-lingual educational materials and information about birds and bird conservation throughout the Americas. Their programs inspire children and adults to get outdoors, learn about birds, and take part in their conservation.
Talk: May 16th Thursday 6:30pm – 8:00pm at KBO Headquarters, 320 Beach Street
Jeanine Moy, Vesper Meadow Program Director will share encounters with charismatic birds, community-powered restoration and surveys for the imperiled Oregon Vesper Sparrow.
Walk: May 18th Saturday 8:30am – NOON at the Vesper Meadow Restoration site on Indian Memorial Road
Frank Lospolluto, expert bird ecologist, will lead us through the forest edge, wet meadows and riparian habitat known as Vesper Meadow Restorative Preserve. Located up Indian Memorial Road, we might see vesper sparrows, hawks, sandhill cranes, and possibly owls.
The Klamath Bird Observatory is partnering with the Vesper Meadow Restoration Project in this unique walk and talk. Vesper Meadow is a place-based restoration project, as well as outpost for community science and art programs. It is the site where KBO is collecting information on the endangered vesper sparrow.
To sign up for this, contact Shannon Rio at email@example.com or call 541-840-4655. Cost is $30 with $15 going to Vesper Meadow and $15 to KBO.
Learn how to easily use birding apps without it getting in the way of birding. Sibley’s, Merlin, iBird Pro, and eBird are the apps we will talk about and practice using.
OUTING: Wednesday, March 6th Noon – 3 pm at North Mountain Park, Ashland Oregon 97520
Cost: $10 donation to KBO. Meet under the covered gazebo at North Mountain Park. Bring your lunch, binoculars and don’t forget your phone! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or if you have questions or just come. Shannon’s phone: 541 840 4655.
Riparian (or streamside) habitats are critical for water quality and wildlife. These habitats filter pollutants from runoff, stabilize soils, provide shade to cool water temperatures, and much more. They are also known for their biodiversity, supporting the most diverse bird communities of any habitat type in arid and semi-arid regions such as ours. This is even more pronounced in urban landscapes.
Some of our most at-risk bird species require riparian habitats for breeding. Many species also need healthy riparian habitats during the fall and winter seasons, when they complete important activities like refueling during migration, replacing worn feathers (molting), or building reserves for the next breeding season.
Most of our western riparian habitats have been lost or degraded due to human impacts. However, restoration efforts are helping to return these areas back to more functioning natural conditions. For nearly two decades Klamath Bird Observatory, Lomakatsi Restoration Project, and Ashland School District have partnered on a riparian restoration project at the Willow Wind Community Learning Center along Bear Creek in Ashland, Oregon.
Lomakatsi works to improve riparian habitat in our region by planting a wide diversity of native vegetation, removing invasive plants, and supporting the natural regeneration of native plant communities. As part of the project at Willow Wind, over 3,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted by Lomakatsi’s restoration workers, school groups, and community volunteers. This work has increased the size and health of riparian areas that cool and clean our water, while also providing important bird habitat.
KBO has studied birds as indicators of habitat quality at Willow Wind over the past 18 years to monitor the effectiveness of this streamside habitat restoration. The abundance of several bird species that use riparian habitats during the winter has increased over time in areas where Lomakatsi implemented restoration efforts. The abundance of these same species changed less in areas where no restoration occurred. Before restoration actions took place, the fall bird community at Willow Wind was substantially different than that of nearby mature riparian habitat. In the restored areas, the fall bird community is now becoming more similar to the bird communities in mature riparian habitat along Bear Creek, as a result of the regrowth of native plants. Restoration actions are improving riparian habitat quality in areas where it had previously been degraded.
CLICK HERE to see the full brochure describing results of this project, or to download a printable pdf version.
Interested in birdwatching in some of Ashland’s riparian habitats? Try Lithia Park, Ashland Ponds, Emigrant Lake, or North Mountain Park. CLICK HERE to learn about these and other biding hot spots in and around Ashland.