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!
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May 18, 2016
Media Contact: John Alexander, Executive Director Klamath Bird Observatory
To mark the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty, the North American Bird Conservation Initiative has published the State of North America’s Birds report. Through a groundbreaking collaboration between the United States, Mexico, and Canada this report evaluates birds of nine key ecosystems across the continent. The report highlights two key aspects of bird conservation that are core to Klamath Bird Observatory’s science, education, and partnership efforts in southern Oregon and northern California. First, science driven conservation works, and second, our continent’s birds still need our help.
The Report’s authors found that where an investment is made in healthy habitat management, birds are doing well; and healthy birds mean healthy ecosystems. They provide several examples, including southern Oregon’s Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network collaboration of Lomakatski Restoration Project, Bureau of Land Management, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Klamath Bird Observatory and others. The Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network has leveraged $4.5 million of combined federal and non-federal resources to restore over 3,000 acres of oak woodlands across our region, with another 3,000 acres to be restored by 2020. This work is being guided by and evaluated with KBO research and monitoring using oaks-associated birds as indicators of success.
The Report also presents a Watch List that identifies one third of North America’s bird species as high risk, including the Olive-sided Flycatcher. Klamath Bird Observatory research shows that in our region the Olive-sided Flycatcher is associated with fire and related forest conditions. This is just one example of the many indicator species that Klamath Bird Observatory studies, with results informing forest management. The State of North America’s Birds report emphasizes the importance of such studies, because quality, not just quantity, of our temperate forests, is critical for forest birds. In the West, fire plays a key role in maintaining high-quality forest ecosystems, and Klamath Bird Observatory is working to show how this understanding, and the use of birds as indicators, can inform management our western forests. This application of science and bird conservation priorities to address pressing forest management challenges, with an intention to protect and restore our forests, and thereby stop the steepening declines of our western forest birds.
This new State of North America’s Birds report is a call to action. Of North America’s 1,154 bird species, 432 are now considered of “high concern” due to low or declining populations and growing threats from habitat loss, invasive predators, and climate change. Migratory birds connect people to nature and provide multiple benefits – ecological, economic, agricultural, aesthetic, and recreational – for people and the natural environment. Therefor our governments, industry, and the public must once again come together to support migratory bird conservation. The 2016 Report and past State of the Birds reports archive are available at www.StateOfTheBirds.org.
Klamath Bird Observatory, based in Ashland, Oregon, is a scientific non-profit organization that achieves bird conservation in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the migratory ranges of the birds of our region. We developed our award-winning conservation model in the ruggedly beautiful and wildlife-rich Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon and northern California, and we now apply this model more broadly to care for our shared birds throughout their annual cycles. Emphasizing high caliber science and the role of birds as indicators of the health of the land, we specialize in cost-effective bird monitoring and research projects that improve natural resource management. Also, recognizing that conservation occurs across many fronts, we nurture a conservation ethic in our communities through our outreach and educational programs.
The U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) Committee is a forum of government agencies, private organizations, and bird initiatives helping partners across the continent meet their common bird conservation objectives. The Committee is working to secure a bright future for North America’s more than 1,150 species of birds, in conjunction with NABCI partners in Mexico and Canada to increase cooperation and effectiveness of bird conservation efforts among the three countries. The NABCI Committee’s strategy is to foster coordination and collaboration on key issues of concern, including bird monitoring, conservation design, private lands, international collaboration, and state and federal agency support for integrated bird conservation.
For more information about the North American Bird Conservation Initiative: www.nabci-us.org/
The Spring 2016 Klamath Bird newsletter is out! In this issue we celebrate the Migratory Bird Treaty and National Park Service centennials … why these are important and how Klamath Bird Observatory’s work plays a part in it all. Also, KBO Executive Director Dr. John Alexander brings breaking bird conservation news and a new call to action … and a new bird bio, upcoming events, a 100-hundred year young bird poem. See it all in the Spring 2016 Klamath Bird!
If you expect a copy in the mail it is on the way … to view online click here.
Stop by this charming Ashland gallery for a special showing “For the Birds” featuring three local artists. This is a local gallery that will be donating 10% of their sales during the festival May 20-22 to Bird Conservation via the Mountain Bird Festival. Stop by the Hanson Gallery at 89 Oak Street Ashland to view and purchase paintings by Jhenna Quinn Lewis and Claire Duncan and photography by Barbara Orsow.
The second Saturday of May brings International Migratory Bird Day celebrations at more than 700 locations from Argentina to Canada and the Caribbean—including a birdwatching field trip at Montague (Siskiyou County), California.
Join the birds and birdwatchers wherever you can! We will be at our two local events—Montague and Ashland’s Rogue Valley Bird Festival (see previous post).
International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated as a fun way to connect people and nature through birds, and to help people understand the importance of bird conservation.
Spring is coming and so are the birds! The City of Ashland Department of Parks and Recreation with many partners will again host the Rogue Valley Bird Festival Saturday May 14, 2016. The festival is our local celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. The event will feature expert-guided bird walks, thrilling programs featuring birds of prey by Wildlife Images Education Rehabilitation Center, a bird banding demonstration by Klamath Bird Observatory, and the ever very-popular bird calling contest! Details of activities are at the Rogue Valley Bird Festival website.
Now in its 26th year, International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) has grown from a one-day event into a framework underpinning hundreds of projects and programs year-round. IMBD is coordinated by Environment for the Americas, which provides bilingual 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.
In 2016, International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) will focus on how birds have inspired many of the most significant environmental conservation actions in the Americas. This year marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty, a landmark agreement between the United States and Canada to protect our shared migratory birds. In subsequent years, several other nations signed the treaty including Mexico, Japan, and Russia. Participants at more than 700 local celebrations from Argentina to Canada and the Caribbean will learn how laws, regulations, treaties, and other protections benefit migratory birds, the symbolic harbingers of the seasons. This year’s IMBD theme – Spread Your Wings for Bird Conservation – recognizes the capacity of citizens in every country to support programs and laws that protect birds and their habitats – including the landmark Migratory Bird Treaty that for the last century has protected migratory bird species across the borders of the countries they call home.
The 2016 IMBD Spread Your Wings for Bird Conservation poster artwork illustrates 11 bird species which represent the importance of these agreements among governments. Ten of these species benefit from conservation laws that help protect migratory birds. One, the Carolina Parakeet, is extinct because of lack of protection in the early 1900’s. It serves as a reminder for the need to be involved in ensuring the future of migratory birds.
If you haven’t registered yet, but are thinking about it, then we’d like to say We Hope You Come Back!, but spots are filling up quickly (less than 50 spots remain), so please go online and register soon here.
Also, spots for the Friday night showing of “The Messenger” are going fast, so if you didn’t sign up for that when you registered then there may not be room should you change your mind when you get here. Many of you did register for the film, of course, but it you didn’t you can go back into your account and do so (it’s a free movie!). If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact us for help.
Good birding everyone!
Marcella Rose Sciotto, Assistant Director