KBO Wings and Wine 72ppi 2xX Right

2018 Wings and Wine Gala

Sunday, October 7

Grizzly Peak Winery, Ashland, Oregon

2018 WMBD 72ppi 3xX

Online Auction Live Now!

Bidding online will be open until midnight Saturday, October 6th and will commence as Silent and Live Auctions during our Gala

Click here to view and bid on art, field trips, and more!

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2018 Wings and Wine Gala

As a World Migratory Bird Day Event, our 2018 Wings and Wine Gala is Year of the Bird celebration. In 2018, we mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years. During our Gala we will come together as a community to support bird conservation through actions, stories, and art.  

This year, KBO is also celebrating 25 years of advancing bird and habitat conservation through science, education, and partnerships. Built on conservation science efforts that started in 1992, KBO was founded in 2000.

 While KBO continues to excel in meeting our science-driven conservation mission we also face a new set of challenges. Extreme changes in federal funding are putting our work at risk, making private sector support more important than ever. Please support us at our 2018 Wings and Wine Gala.


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Online Auction Now Open!

To increase broad participation in this important fundraising event, we are offering an online auction that is now opened. This online auction gives all of our supporters an opportunity to bird on auction items. This online auction will feed directly into the live and silent auctions that will culminate during the Gala itself. This online auction is featuring items that include a trip to New Zealand, amazing artwork, tickets to the Rogue Valley Symphony, and so much more.

CLICK HERE to visit our online auction. To participate create a login and begin bidding.

Also, please come to the 2018 Wings and Wine Gala and help us celebrate more than 20 years of KBO efforts to advancing bird and habitat conservation through science, education, and partnerships. Please help us continue our work by participating in this fundraiser. Tickets are available online – CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKET TODAY

For help on navigating the auction website, CLICK HERE.

For questions about KBO and the Wings and Wine Gala please contact Jacob McNab at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 541-201-0866.

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Storytelling by Debra Zaslow at the KBO Gala!

Debra Gordon Zaslow has been teaching storytelling at Southern Oregon University for thirty years, and travels the country performing storytelling programs and leading workshops. She has an MFA in writing from Vermont college of Fine Arts, and teaches memoir writing in the community. She is excited to combine her love of birding with storytelling to entertain fellow birders and supporters of KBO at the Gala! You can check out her writing and storytelling on her website at debrazaslow.com.

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KBO Gala Auctioneer: David Zaslow

David Zaslow photoDavid Zaslow moved to Ashland from Brooklyn, New York in 1970. He received his Master’s Degree from what was then called Southern Oregon College and opened up the now legendary jazz club Jazmin’s in 1977. He co-produced the first non-classical jazz concerts at the Britt Pavilion with Dave Brubeck in 1979 and Count Basie in 1980. He was ordained as a rabbi in 1995 and became the spiritual leader of the Havurah Synagogue in Ashland. He is the author of “Reimagining Exodus: A Story of Freedom.” He is the happy grandfather of Amaya and Milty, and the husband of avid birder Debra Zaslow, and he even owns his own binoculars.

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Fall Birds, Fall Colors: Birding Ft. Klamath Field Trip on Saturday, Oct. 6

Prairie Falcon 72ppiKBO members Vince Zauskey and Shannon Rio will lead a field trip to the Ft. Klamath area to look for birds not normally seen in the Rogue Valley and also enjoy the splendor of this area’s aspen trees and other fall colors.

Some of the stops we’ll take will be Kimball State Park, headwaters to the Wood River, where birds such as Red Crossbill, Evening Grosbeak, Williamson’s Sapsucker and White-headed Woodpecker are a possibility. A nearby park on the Wood River has also had previous fall sightings of Pygmy Nuthatch. Rocky Point will offer us looks at water birds such as the White Pelican, Green Heron and Belted Kingfisher.

We’ll also look for resident raptors including Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle and fall migrants such as Rough-legged Hawk, Merlin and Prairie Falcon.

Bring a lunch and beverage (no alcoholic beverages please), dress appropriately for late summer-type weather or cooler fall temperatures.

Vince Zauskey KBO Member 2006 72ppiVince Zauskey is also a long-time member of the Rogue Valley Audubon Society. He has led field trips locally and regionally, teaches bird classes at North Mountain Park and conducts quarterly bird surveys also. During the 1980’s and 90’s he did Northern Spotted Owl monitoring for both the U.S. Forest Service in northern California and the Medford office of the Bureau of Land Management.

Shannon Rio Bio 72ppi 28x

Shannon Rio is Board President of the Klamath Bird Observatory. As a wildlife educator, she glories in the connection to nature and sharing it with others.

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Flute Duet: Lisa Nichols and Krista Thompson

flute duet bio photoKrista Thompson enjoyed the study of music into her early thirties. She took a break to raise a family, and picked it back up again following an OLLI music class. She has been taking flute lessons from Lisa Nichols since 2013, and particularly loves playing the alto flute. In addition to teaching Reiki, she delights in creating a bird-friendly habitat in her backyard garden.

Lisa Nichols, flutist, frequently appears in chamber music performances and with the SYZYGY new music ensemble. She enjoys playing a wide range of musical styles, and has a wonderful time teaching music to adults and children. A flute repair student of Mark Lovelace, she maintains her own flute. Lisa was a Chamber Music Concerts scholarship recipient at Southern Oregon University, where she graduated in 2012. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Boston University (2002), which informs both her own musical practice and her approach to teaching.

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