Klamath Bird Observatory operates scientific bird banding stations throughout the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon and northern California. Groups and individuals can schedule a visit to a banding station to learn about how we collect information that is vital to our understating of bird population health and conservation.
Banding station visits offer a unique opportunity to observe birds in the hand and see KBO field biologists in action. Scientists at banding stations capture songbirds in mist-nets, collect information from the birds, attach a metal band with a unique code to each bird, and then release the birds back into the wild. The data collected at banding stations help us to measure the condition of many individual birds and are used to track long-term population trends and estimate breeding success and survival. This information is vital to our understanding of what drives population change and allows us to identify when during the annual life cycle bird populations are most limited, helping us to direct conservation dollars towards habitats that are most in need. Such information cannot be collected through other types of surveys.
Visiting an active bird banding station is a memorable and educational experience that provides incredible views of birds and a deeper understanding of how bird conservation science improves our stewardship of nature. We invite you to contact us about scheduling a visit to a banding station and associated fees.