CJ Ralph, Sc.D., KBO Research Advisor

CJ Ralph is a Research Wildlife Biologist at the USDA Forest Service's Redwood Sciences Laboratory in Arcata, California. Additionally, CJ is co-chair of the Monitoring Working Group of Partners in Flight, chair of the North American Banding Council, and a Faculty Associate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Humboldt State University.

CJ co-founded Point Reyes Bird Observatory (now Point Blue Conservation Science) and, more recently, helped start the Klamath Bird Observatory.

CJ's early research centered on bird migration and orientation. CJ studied the behavioral ecology of endangered forest birds in Hawaii for five years before moving to Arcata in 1981 to begin work with the USDA Redwood Sciences Laboratory. CJ's two principal research focuses for Redwood Sciences Laboratory have been landbird monitoring (involving censusing and constant effort mist-netting) and the study of the Marbled Murrelet, an endangered seabird that depends on old growth forests for nesting.

CJ also has been directing research at a bird monitoring station in Costa Rica since1994, and he conducts research on an island off New Zealand involving the monitoring and reintroduction of native birds.

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Pablo Elizondo, Executive Director, Costa Rica Bird Observatories

Pablo, better known as "Chespi", currently works under an agreement between the US Forest Service, the Klamath Bird Observatory, and the National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio), coordinating their bird monitoring efforts in Costa Rica. He also serves as the Partners in Flight Coordinator for his native Costa Rica as well as the chair of the Western Hemisphere Bird Banding Network. He is also a certified bird banding trainer, through the North American Banding Council (NABC). Pablo has been studying and banding birds in Costa Rica, USA, Colombia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico, Brazil, and Peru, among other places.

In 2007 he achieved the “Partners in Flight Leadership Award” together with the PIF-Meso working group, for bird conservation efforts in Mesoamerica. And in 2011 he was awarded with the "US Forest Service Wings Across The Americas International Cooperation Award", for his role in establishing the Costa Rica Bird Observatories and the Costa Rica Bird Banding Network.

Chespi is heavily involved with and committed to the establishment of national bird banding schemes, collaborative initiatives, and capacity building of bird monitoring efforts in Latin America, and he actively participates in the development and organization of bird banding courses and workshops in order to improve and promote safe banding and proper data management in the region.

 

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Luis Morales, Director, San Pancho Bird Observatory

Luis is a biologist who co-founded the San Pancho Bird Observatory, located in the central and southern Nayarit coast region of Mexico. Luis has led birdwatching and nature tours in this region, as well as in the Caribbean, for over 10 years. More recently, Luis trained as a bird banding intern with the Klamath Bird Observatory to prepare for his new work with the San Pancho Bird Observatory. In his role as Director of SPBO, Luis conducts and coordinates educational and bird-monitoring programs, leads tours, and promotes national and international partnerships for bird conservation.

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Keith Larson, PhD, Lund University

Keith has worked all over the world as a field biologist, working primarily with seabirds and migratory songbirds. During this time Keith developed excellent statistical and spatial analytical skills that he has applied to a diversity of projects. Currently, Keith studies the ecology and genetics of a songbird with two migratory phenotypes that meet in a hybrid zone. During his tenure as a PhD student he enjoyed working in the field while further developing his modelling skills. Keith has a long history of collaboration with the Klamath Bird Observatory.

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Jenna Curtis, MS

An Oregon native, Jenna received her B.A. in Biology and Fine Arts from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her senior thesis investigated how changes in flock structure affected social behavior in Kori Bustards at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Her research interests include avian ecology and evolutionary biology, as well as selective pressures facing bird populations. Jenna interned with KBO as a Research and Monitoring Intern in 2011 and 2012; in this role Jenna assisted KBO staff in data management and administrative tasks and she provided field support by conducting avian surveys. Jenna went on to complete her MS at Oregon State University.

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Frank Lospalluto

Frank is a field biologist who has been working closely with Klamath Bird Observatory for over 10 years doing both spring breeding bird and fall migration surveys thoughout the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion. Frank is an avid birder who also maintains a keen interest in the plants and other wildlife of the region. Currently, Frank is involved in the local Ashland Creek American Dipper Project and has started a pilot project looking at wintering Townsend Solitaires in an area both in and adjacent to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument around the Colestin Valley south of Ashland, Oregon.

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Barbara Massey, MA

Barbara spent many years doing research on endangered species of birds in southern California before retiring to Ashland in 1999. Since then she has been involved in many local bird studies and has co-authored a book on Rogue Valley birds. For the past few years she and KBO Executive Director John Alexander have been studying migration patterns on small passerines in the region that includes analysis of banding data and isotopic studies to help identify seasonal movements.

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