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.
Brandon M Breen, Klamath Bird Observatory Outreach and Communications Specialist
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.
Fall 2014 issue of Klamath Bird Observatory’s quarterly newsletter, The Klamath Bird. Source: Steinberg, S.L., Dunk, J.R., & Comet, T.A. 2000. In Hoopa Territory. Published by Hoopa Valley Tribe.
This article appears in the Summer 2012 Newsletter. Sources: Marshall, David B. et al, eds. Birds of Oregon: A General Reference. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2003.; Lowther, Peter E. 2000. Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY.; Partners in Flight North American Landbird Conservation Plan. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York.
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.