World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. WMBD is global in reach and serves as an effective way to help raise awareness about the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. This year’s WMBD theme is “birds connect our world” and Klamath Bird Observatory proudly embodies this concept of connection.
KBO has participated in WMBD for decades. We often participate in multiple WMBD events across the Klamath Siskiyou Bioregion in a single day. We have collaborated with the City of Ashland’s North Mountain Park, Rogue Valley Audubon Society, and others at many annual Rogue Valley Bird Day events in Ashland, Oregon. Partnering in the Klamath Basin we have collaborated with Klamath Basin Audubon Society, Klamath Wingwatchers, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and others at WMBD events in Klamath Falls, Oregon and at the Klamath Basin Refuge Complex headquarters in Tulelake, California. We have also teamed up with Klamath National Forest and Mt. Shasta Area Audubon for many WMBD field trips on the California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Shasta Valley Wildlife Area.
While we will miss being in the field with all of these partners, this year KBO will honor these long-standing connections and our commitment to WMBD in a new way. On Friday afternoon, May 8, 2019, we will release a virtual presentation about how KBO is maintaining our momentum, undeterred by COVID-19. Our staff will share highlights from their work to meet the national and international bird conservation priorities of Partners in Flight and North American Bird Conservation Initiative.
We hope you will join us to celebrate WMBD, and experience a few of the many ways that “birds connect our world” through ongoing conservation-science efforts. Our virtual WMBD event will be made available on the Klamath Call Note Blog and on our Face Book Page starting at 5:00 pm this Friday. Also, please see what our other partners are doing to safely and creatively celebrate World Migratory Bird Day and the birds that connect us all.