RAPTOR ID IN THE KLAMATH BASIN TALK: Dick Ashford, local raptor expert and longtime KBO board member, will share his enthusiasm and knowledge about raptor ID during this informative class session. January 5th Thursday 6:30-8:00PM WALK: Start the brand new year off right with an all-day raptor viewing outing to the picturesque Klamath Basin! January 7th Saturday 8:00AM-6:00PM
WATERFOWL ID IN THE KLAMATH BASIN TALK: March is that time of year when things are just “ducky”. Want to learn how to ID them? Join longtime KBO board member Dick Ashford for a fun talk on ducks, geese, and other waterfowl! March 2nd Thursday 6:30-8:00PM WALK: We will get a chance to test our classroom knowledge in the field. Dick will plan a route that will give us our best chance of seeing the varied birdlife for which the Klamath Basin is famous – and we’ll have lots of fun doing it! Depending on water levels and weather conditions, there may be excellent opportunities for viewing thousands of migratory waterfowl. March 4th Saturday 8:00AM 6:00PM
Cost: $25 for each talk and outing (or $50 makes you a member of KBO). Space is limited. Will schedule an extra outing day if needed. Contact – ShannonRio@aol.com with questions or to hold your spot.
Fall Birds of Malheur – September 16th – 19th 2016
A limited number of slots are available for our upcoming Fall Birds of Malheur Trip led by Professional Bird Guide Harry Fuller and KBO Board President Shannon Rio.
This trip takes you through the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge located in eastern Oregon. The Malheur Refuge was created over a century ago by President Theodore Roosevelt and boasts some of the best birding in Oregon. The area provides important breeding grounds for Sandhill Crane, Swainson’s and Ferruginous Hawk, and Prairie Falcon, and participants should also see Bobolinks, Sage Sparrows, and Eastern Kingbirds, among dozens of other bird species. Some 280 animal species that have been recorded at the Refuge.
The trip costs $600.00 and includes lodging, a bird presentation, three dinners, three breakfasts, and a $300 tax-deductible donation to the Klamath Bird Observatory. Transportation will be a carpool with the participants sharing the cost of gas. To register for your spot on this special outing please fill out the information requested on the registration sheet provided.
If you wish to register at a later date please email or call firstname.lastname@example.org or (541) 201-0866 ext. 4#.
This is truly a trip of a lifetime, register today to secure your spot!
We wanted you to be among the first to know that the award winning Mountain Bird Festival is back for 2016! We will once again be celebrating the bird communities and other natural wonders of southern Oregon and northern California. This year’s Featured Bird is the Olive-sided Flycatcher, a summer resident in our mountains, and one of over 180 species that were seen on Festival field trips last year.
The 2016 Mountain Bird Festival will be held in Ashland, Oregon from May 20th-22nd. Registration for the Festival will be available on the Klamath Bird Observatory website at www.klamathbird.org starting on Thursday, February 18.
The Mountain Bird Festival has received national awards for becoming one of our nation’s leading conservation events. Please join us for the 2016 Mountain Bird Festival and become part of our efforts to elevate bird conservation.
To read more about the Festival click here
Want to learn more about your local bioregion? Enjoy delicious local food and drinks? Don’t miss this fun and educational happy hour Wednesday night at the Standing Stone Brewing Co. in Ashland.
The event will take place Wednesday November 18th from 5-6pm and is a free community event hosted by the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy.
Excepts from an interview with KBO Executive Director John Alexander were quoted in an article written by Meg Scherch Peterson and published in the Taos News. The article brings attention to the conservation challenges facing this miraculous migratory hummingbird.
Alexander describes the Rufous Hummingbird as “an indicator of habitat features that are important for the hardwood understory of the forest.” He talks about the species’ population declines and its preferred breeding habitat that is often associated with wildfire. In the article Alexander relates KBO science to post-wildfire management – “The science suggests we allow the forest to evolve naturally through successional stages. In the past, we’ve often bypassed these stages.” Alexander expresses concerns about best available science not being used to inform management.