Klamath Bird Observatory conducts long-term monitoring and applied research projects that use birds as ecological indicators. Birds tell us about the functioning of the environment as a whole, and this has important consequences for birds, other wildlife, and human communities.
KBO's extensive long-term monitoring program provides information about the status of bird populations in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion. If we detect long-term population declines in several bird species, we can use knowledge about their species-specific habitat relationships to identify key habitat features that are likely underrepresented on the landscape. Thus, birds identify instances of environmental degradation and lead us to solutions.
KBO's applied research programs study the effects of habitat management, restoration, and natural disturbance on bird communities and populations. The outcomes of these studies enhance our understanding of ecosystem function and enable bird conservation to be incorporated into land management programs.