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    Klamath Bird Observatory

    Birds as indicators of environmental wellbeing

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    Klamath Bird Observatory

    Science for informed decision making
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    Klamath Bird Observatory

    Connecting communities through education
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    Klamath Bird Observatory

    Partner-driven conservation

Who We Are

Advancing bird and habitat conservation through science, education, and partnerships

Klamath Bird Observatory achieves bird conservation in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the ranges of our migratory birds. Emphasizing high-caliber science and the role of birds as indicators, we inform and improve natural resource management. Recognizing that conservation occurs across many fronts, we also nurture an environmental ethic through community outreach and education. We owe our success to committed donors, volunteers, staff, and partners who demonstrate that each of us can contribute to a legacy of abundant bird populations and healthy land, air, and water. 

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Events Are Back!

Join Klamath Bird Observatory for a variety of outings and Zoom presentations. Click below to check out our calendar and sign up for events. 

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Why Support Bird Education?

Klamath Bird Observatory recognizes that conservation occurs across many fronts and therefore we offer education programs that nurture a conservation ethic in our communities.

Birds are the indicators of our wellbeing. As such, our education programs foster a community that protects the natural and economic resources that are essential to both birds and people.

Birding Means Business – Birdwatchers spend $36 billion annually in pursuit of their hobby. In doing so they enrich the economics of the bird-friendly places they visit.

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2024 Point Count Technician

Klamath Bird Observatory is seeking seasonal field technicians for the 2024 breeding season to complete avian point count surveys from April 29th through July 19th throughout the ecologically diverse and beautiful regions of southern Oregon, eastern Oregon, and/or northern California. Technicians will conduct work related to multiple projects, including monitoring the effects of oak and conifer forest restoration on species distributions and long-term monitoring on both private and public lands. Surveyors will work in northeastern Oregon conifer forests, eastern Oregon sagebrush habitat, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and/or Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.

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Brazil Trip Registration Open

We invite you to join the directors of Klamath Bird Observatory and Mantiqueira Bird Observatory for a 10-day adventure exploring the Atlantic Forest of southeastern Brazil. The trip will be held August 20-29, 2024. Klamath Bird Observatory is well known for its broad international reach, focusing on partnerships and capacity building across the ranges of our shared birds. KBO’s bird banding internship program has trained over 283 interns from more than 17 countries. OAMa is a fruit of this capacity-building program, which is now running its training program in Brazil. As part of the continued partnership between these two observatories, we are pleased to announce a new internship exchange program! After training in their home country, biologists will have the opportunity to visit and train at the other observatory. KBO will host a student from OAMa for three or six months each year, and OAMa will host a student from KBO for up to three months at their field station in Brazil, joining the local crew at the year-round bird monitoring on the Mantiqueira Highlands. The cost is $5750 per person which includes in-country transportation, single-occupancy lodging, and meals with limited alcoholic beverages – the flight to Brazil is not included. The cost with a double occupancy discount is $5250 per person.

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KBO tracks the first Western Purple Martin with GPS tag technology

From 2020-2023, a small team of researchers from KBO, USFS, USGS, and Cape Arago Audubon Society captured adult Western Purple Martins and outfitted them with lightweight archival GPS tags that fit like a backpack with two leg loops to track their movements. Our goal is to track martins that nest in Oregon to discover their migratory pathways and winter roost locations and assess whether conservation actions are needed at these non-breeding sites. This is the first study of its kind with the western subspecies and the first to track them with GPS technology throughout the year! Check out where one female Purple Martin named Roxa journeyed.

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