Posts Tagged ‘Klamath Bird Observatory’
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!
*** NEWS RELEASE—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***
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/
Sorry! All the Spring 2016 Talk and Walk Classes are Sold Out! Please Stay Tuned for Upcoming Summer and Fall Classes.
If you have not yet registered for Klamath Bird Observatory’s spring Talks and Walks don’t worry, there is still time and limited space is still available! Please join us for an outing learning the birds of the Rogue Valley, exploring local Ashland hotspots, admiring the woodland birds of Jacksonville or searching for the majestic Great Gray Owl with local experts.
Click here to read more information about each class to choose which one is right for you. The Talks are held on Thursday evenings (except for the Jacksonville Woodlands class) at the KBO headquarters in Ashland and the Walk is held on the following Saturdays (except the second Great Gray Owl trip). To register contact Shannon Rio by eMail (shannonrio[AT]aol.com) — the registration fee is $25 for each class. Don’t miss these fun and informative adventures in birding!
Due to popular demand a second Walk has been added for the Great Gray Owl class:
Thursday MAY 5, 2016 6:30PM-8PM
Presented by Shannon Rio (KBO Board President)
KBO headquarters, Lincoln School, 320 Beach Street, Ashland, Oregon
Tuesday MAY 10, 2016 2PM-dark
Led by Lee French (Rogue Valley birding expert)
Outing is an afternoon in search of the Great Gray Owl upon the Cascades Plateau east of Ashland.