Author: Debra Agnew

2021 Job and Internship Opportunities with KBO

Klamath Bird Observatory is accepting applications for our 2021 field season

We are seeking Point Count Technicians to complete point count surveys throughout the diverse and beautiful region of southern Oregon and northern California. Technicians will work for multiple projects consisting of monitoring effects of oak and stream restoration and long-term monitoring in both private and public lands.

We are also seeking Bird Banding Interns to participate in our long-term landbird monitoring program. This position requires independent drive and patience for the travails of field work but also affords an amazing opportunity to build practical experience in field biology and master a variety of bird monitoring and research skills in a beautiful part of the country.

Learn more about position duration, compensation, qualifications, and how to apply: KBO Careers and Opportunities

KBO Community Education: “Hot Times – Their Money or Your Life” with Harry Fuller

Monday, December 21st
6:00-7:30pm via Zoom

In this presentation, Harry Fuller will discuss the ongoing impacts of climate change and how all creatures, especially our Oregon birds, are pressed to adapt to changing environments. Can all species adapt to these changes? Which species might benefit, and which species might “lose?” Harry will share the “knowns” and “unknowns” according to current science, and describe what actions people can take to help mitigate the impacts of a changing climate.

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SCIENCE BRIEF: Research indicates that restoring urban riparian habitats benefits non-breeding birds

Healthy riparian habitat is vital for Neotropical migrant and resident birds. It supports high biodiversity, and it is increasingly rare across landscapes. The total area of riparian habitat in California and Oregon has declined significantly in recent years and so have its associated bird populations. Human activity and other disturbances contribute to the loss of this scarce and essential bird habitat. Scientists, conservation practitioners, and land managers are collaborating to restore key riparian areas to health, and to understand how bird responses to restoration efforts can indicate restoration success.

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Debra Agnew, MS


Debra Agnew joined KBO in 2020. As Science Communication Specialist, she is responsible for facilitating communications about Klamath Bird Observatory’s science and conservation work via websites, news feeds, social media, printed materials, community education and community science programs, and more. She also fills leadership roles in Partners in Flight’s communications group and on eBird Northwest’s steering committee.

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SCIENCE BRIEF: A new modeling approach provides a birds-eye view of habitats, habitat fragmentation, and the effectiveness of conservation efforts

Anthropogenic habitat disturbance and alteration pose serious threats to the persistence and diversity of bird communities throughout the world. Current ecological research and conservation planning efforts largely focus on understanding the relative influence of habitat composition (e.g. how much) and habitat configuration (e.g. the spatial arrangement) on species occurrence across a landscape. Despite this intensive focus, there is little consensus regarding to what degree fragmentation affects biodiversity, either positively or negatively. Research methods used to assess the impacts of habitat fragmentation on species richness (the number of species in a given area) often rely on generalized, vegetation categories that are based on human-classified land-cover data. However, using such coarsely classified vegetation data as a proxy for actual habitat may be a problematic oversimplification leading to inconsistent results, especially when studying multiple species.

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Stephanie Loredo, MS


Stephanie Loredo joined KBO in December, 2020 to assist in carrying out the point count program and support staff in the field. She also supports data management, study design, and report writing for other programs. She obtained her Master’s degree in Wildlife Science at Oregon State University in 2018. Stephanie studied the foraging activity, movement, and habitat-use of Common Murres in the California Current System using satellite transmitters coupled with dive sensors. She determined marine areas of high-use and linked murre locations with co-occurring environmental data to determine behavior-specific habitat-use during varying life-stages.

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Bird Observatory Holds Talk On Climate-Change Issues

The Mail Tribune recently posted an announcement concerning a workshop that the Klamath Bird Observatory will be hosting on October 19th and 20th. Meeting at this workshop will be climate change scientists, biologists, educators, and land managers from a variety of institutions. The workshop will be held at the Best Western Windsor Inn. The full announcement can be read here.

Klamath Bird Observatory Raising Funds And Fun

The Klamath Bird Observatory and its supporters will meet Sunday for the Wings and Wine Gala at Hanley Farm. The gala will raise money for the observatory, which collects data regarding local bird populations and, though that data, examines the health of the ecosystem. All of this makes a big difference to land managers, who can use the KBO’s data to understand how bird populations might be effected by their decisions. John Alexander, executive director of the KBO and CJ Ralph have received the Partners in Flight Leadership Award. For more on the Wings and Wine Gala and the Klamath Bird Observatory, check out the article on the Medford Examiner’s website.

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