Cats Indoors

Domestic and feral cats kill millions of birds each day in this country. They are a non-native predator that negatively impacts bird and other wildlife populations.  American Bird Conservancy and the National Humane Society urge people to keep cats as indoor pets only. For more information on the threats cats pose to wildlife and what you can do, download KBO's flyer Cats and Wildlife: A Conservation Concern and visit the American Bird Conservancy's Cats Indoors! The Campaign for Safer Cats and Birds website.

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Window Collisions

Millions of birds die each year in the United States from colliding with windows. Some birds simply become stunned as a result of a window collision, but even if a bird is able to fly away it might have internal injuries that could result in death. If you suspect that a bird has become stunned from hitting the window or wall, put it in a shoebox with holes and a soft towel.  In many cases, birds are just stunned and need some quiet time to recover in a dark place.  If the bird is more seriously injured, contact Wildlife Images (541) 476-0222, located in Merlin, Oregon. For more information on how to reduce bird collisions with windows, download KBO's flyer Reducing Bird Collisions with Windows.

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Bird Feeding

Hanging bird feeders is a great way to get to know your avian neighbors, brush up on your birding skills, and help birds.  However, it is important to make sure that you hang the right type of feeder in the right location as to not harm birds.  Hanging bird feeders can cause changes in species composition and can introduce predators, which can negatively impact the birds you are trying to help!  When done properly bird feeders will attract birds and keep them safe.

Download KBO's flyer on how to safely feed birds.

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Injured Birds and Baby Birds

Klamath Bird Observatory does not rehabilitate wildlife. If you do encounter an injured or apparently abandoned bird, it is best to leave it alone, unless it is in immediate danger. Remember, young birds recently out of the nest are often unable to fly but they are still being fed and cared for by their parents. Do not touch or remove them, the parents are likely nearby. If a bird hits your window and is stunned, put it in a shoebox with holes and a soft towel.  In many cases, birds are just stunned and need some quiet time to recover in a dark place.  If the bird is more seriously injured, contact Wildlife Images (541) 476-0222, located in Merlin, Oregon. For a list of  wildlife rehabilitators approved by the California Department of Fish and Game, click here.

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Finding a Band

If you find a dead bird with a metal band, colored bands, or both, please report your finding to the Bird Banding Lab of North America.  You will be asked to report the band number and where and when you found the bird. You can report bird bands one of two ways: (1) Click here to report a band online or (2) Call 1-800-327-BAND (2263) from anywhere in Canada, the United States, and most parts of the Caribbean.

KBO’s bird banding program provides valuable information about bird population demographics and migration in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion. Several other federal agencies and and science organizations also band birds to help answer questions about species longevity, migration, and population status. Thank you for your contribution to avian science!

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