Author: Elva Manquera

KBO is growing: Announcing our expanded conservation delivery capacity to be led by Jaime Stephens in her new role as KBO’s Director of Conservation

Klamath Bird Observatory (KBO) has seen incredible progress in our efforts to advance science-driven conservation. This has come as we are seeing growing public awareness of the environmental crisis unfolding around us. The Three Billion Birds Lost movement (#BringBirdsBack) brings broad attention to recent science suggesting that we have lost one in four birds since 1970. While alarming, science also shows that when we invest in conservation, conservation works for birds and people.

White-breasted Nuthatch (c) Karl Schneck

Over the past decades, much of KBO’s work has focused on Pacific Northwest forests, where nearly half of the associated bird species are in decline. Our oak woodland forests host some of our most at-risk bird species. Over the past 50 years, we have seen dramatic losses in oak and associated prairie habitats. What remains faces many threats, including the interruption of low-severity fire cycles. There is an urgency at this moment, and the time is now to take action to recover forest bird populations while increasing the resilience of western forests, specifically oak woodlands.

 

“As KBO grows, we must continue adapting our organizational model to meet new opportunities to scale up our science-driven bird conservation efforts. As highlighted in the 2022 State of the Birds, there is an urgent need to address the Three Billion Birds crisis. With nearly half of our western forest bird species in decline, we must act now, and that is exactly what we are doing. New investments in forest restoration efforts through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the America the Beautiful Initiative, the Oregon Watershed Enhancements Board’s Focused Investment Program, and other anticipated funding opportunities present KBO with an unprecedented opportunity. We are poised to help guide these new investments in forest restoration to ensure they pay off in measurable bird conservation outcomes. Jaime Stephens is a respected regional and national conservation leader, and she is the perfect person to take on this Director of Conservation position. In her new position, Jaime will be pioneering a game-changing approach identified by the Partners in Flight Bird Conservation Initiative as a priority next step that must be taken if we are to address the Three Billion Birds crisis. By developing a new conservation delivery program area at KBO, we will be helping to develop a novel model of conservation action.” John Alexander, KBO Executive Director.

To align KBO’s staffing to meet this forest bird conservation need, we are developing a new conservation delivery program area to help us further focus and scale up our efforts to translate science into even more conservation action. This new program area is poised for success because Jaime Stephens, who has been a leader at KBO for over 20 years, will be taking on a new role as KBO’s first Director of Conservation. Jaime has served as KBO’s long-time Science Director for many years, leading our extensive monitoring and research efforts. As the Science Director, Jaime has worked tirelessly to develop the partnerships and deliver our science, helping to grow KBO’s direct involvement in on-the-ground conservation efforts. These efforts have reached a level that warrants the creation of this new position.

As KBO’s Director of Conservation, much of Jaime’s work will focus on the Klamath-Siskiyou Oak Network‘s efforts to implement restoration actions in the oak and prairie habitats of southern Oregon and northern California while also contributing to the broader Pacific Northwest Oak Alliance. Additionally, Jaime will continue working with Rogue Forest Partners and the Northern Blues Forest Collaborative to ensure investments in these large-scale forest efforts pay off for birds and people.

Jaime Stephens, MS, Conservation Director

“I am incredibly excited to shift my focus here at KBO. This new role will allow me to increase the integration of KBO’s conservation science and range-wide bird conservation objectives into land management actions guided by local and regional partnerships. Funding for several new oak initiatives has elevated the need for this program area at KBO.” Jaime Stephens, KBO Director of Conservation.

As Jaime transitions into this new role, she will continue to work with KBO’s Science Team to answer the most pressing questions to inform efforts to halt the decline of western birds. As KBO continues to elucidate the causes of decline for at-risk bird species, Jaime will ensure we take the next steps to co-produce outcome-oriented conservation efforts that are inclusive of not only conservation decision-makers but also impacted communities and rightsholders. Through her new role as KBO’s Director of Conservation, Jaime will employ this co-production process to help eliminate what is often referred to as the research-to-implementation gap.

We thank all of our supporters and partners for helping KBO to take this next step towards broad scaled conservation action and continue to grow as a regional, national, and international leader in bird conservation.

 

 

Science Director

The Klamath Bird Observatory (KBO) Science Director will work with our Executive Director and Director of Conservation to lead our conservation science programs and develop an exciting and actionable research agenda for the future. This will include program development and design, implementing new and existing programs, and delivering relevant conservation results from KBO’s research and monitoring programs. In general, KBO’s science programs involve long-term monitoring, applied ecology studies, species-specific full annual cycle research, and informatics and data science. Job duties include supervising Science Team staff, overseeing fieldwork (including mist-netting and banding, target-netting and tagging, point counts, single-species monitoring protocols, spot-mapping, nest searching, and associated vegetation surveys), data management, analysis, writing technical reports and peer-reviewed publication, and science delivery. The Science Director will collaborate with a diverse suite of domestic and international partners to inform resource management strategies and conservation actions that improve outcomes for birds and ecosystems. It is the responsibility of the Director to raise funds for the Science Team, develop annual budgets, participate in organizational operations, and contribute to strategic planning.

Job Title: Science Director (Full Time)
Salary: $72,000-$74,000 plus a 15% cash benefit (in lieu of health/retirement benefits)
Location: Ashland, Oregon; regular travel required
Application: Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (report or manuscript), and three professional references to Jacob McNab (jmm@KlamathBird.org)
Application Deadline Extended: Review of applications will begin December 5th and will continue until the position is filled


The full job description and requirements can be found here. 2022 KBO Job Announcement Science Director


It is Klamath Bird Observatory policy to provide a work environment free from unlawful discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, expunged juvenile record, performance of duty in a uniformed service, physical or mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by local law, regulation, or ordinance.

Effective June 21, 2021, and until further notice, KBO will require that all Employees and Student Interns be fully vaccinated for COVID‐19, and be able to provide proof of vaccination status.

Cover image Northern Pygmy Owl (c) Frank Lospalluto

Supporting Conservation with International Travel

Join Klamath Bird Observatory and Mantiqueira Bird Observatory (OAMa) for a 10-day exploration of Brazil to promote bird and habitat conservation beyond borders. Enjoy hiking and birding in the cloud forests of Brazil with local scientists leading the way. Time to explore a local town and enjoy Brazilian cuisine. Attend a bird photography workshop and watch OAMa science in action at their banding station.

With all 12 seats filled, this trip funds a fantastic opportunity for budding biologists.

OAMa logoescrito (72ppi 4x)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.

In addition to supporting the intern exchange program, this trip will fund OAMa’s banding station for an ENTIRE YEAR! That includes six interns and one banding coordinator. Currently, OAMa is the only banding training program in Brazil.

The trip takes place April 12th – 20th, with travel to and from the U.S. extending the dates as needed on both ends. The cost is $5000 per person; this includes hotels, food (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and transportation (to and from the airport and during the trip). Hotel accommodation includes a double occupancy or single occupancy with a private bathroom. The only thing not included is airfare from the US to Brazil.

A $2500 deposit is required to reserve your seat; final payment is due by February 10. Proof of up-to-date Covid vaccination and liability waiver are also due at that time. Covid and liability waiver can be found here. A portion of the total fee is tax deductible; the specific amount will depend on the number of attendees. Both the deposit and final payment are non-refundable unless a replacement is found. We reserve the right to cancel before February 10th if the trip does not fill with a minimum of seven attendees.

You can view the Brazil Trip Itinerary here. Subject to change.

Recently Luiza, co-founder of OAMa, hosted a Zoom presentation to go over details and answer questions about this trip. You can view the recording here.

If you have questions, you can email Elva at ejm@klamathbird.org.


Klamath Bird Observatory follows CDC guidelines. KBO events are being offered with COVID-19 safety as KBO’s primary concern. Proof of vaccination will be required for all in-person participants. All individuals attending an event must also fill out the Waiver of Liability form. Please do not attend the event if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Masks are not required but wear based on comfortability.


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Upper Rogue Oak Initiative awarded $2.78 million for habitat restoration

Large mature oak tree with spreading limbs (c) Frank Lospalluto

This press release was originally posted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) HERE.

ODFW, in partnership with the Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network (KSON), received a $2.78 million federal grant from America the Beautiful Challenge program to conduct oak-prairie habitat restoration in the Upper Rogue watershed.

The funding comes from multiple federal agencies and complements match funding from private donations designated for landscape-scale conservation work directed by the state, tribal, nonprofit, and working-lands partners.

“Building on a decade of collaboration, restoration, and a body of science to inform future actions, we are excited to embark on a project of this scale to protect oak for the benefit of people and wildlife,” said Jaime Stephens, Klamath Bird Observatory Science Director, and KSON Coordinator.

Large oak with spreading limbs (c) Bob Altman

The federal grant will help support two ongoing oak restoration initiatives. The Upper Rogue Oak Initiative builds on a recently awarded $7 million investment from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and $3 million matching funds to KSON’s Little Butte Oak Initiative. Support for both initiatives will create landscape resiliency and wildlife connectivity.

The additional investment expands the initiatives’ geographic reach by restoring 800 acres of oak habitat using prescribed fire, ecological thinning to reduce conifer encroachment, noxious weed reduction, and native understory planting.

For time immemorial, oak ecosystems have provided and continue to provide culturally important plants and other resources that sustain indigenous communities. Over the past century, oak-prairie ecosystems have experienced dramatic loss and degradation.

Through Lomakatsi’s Tribal Partnerships Program and the Inter-Tribal Ecosystem Restoration Partnership, tribes and inter-tribal crew members have supported oak habitat restoration as part of KSON and related initiatives for over two decades. A central part of the grant application focuses on engaging with tribes and tribal communities with ancestral ties to the project area to ensure indigenous voices and the incorporation of culturally beneficial resources and subsistence “first foods” into restoration planning.

KSON partners anticipate equally distributing restoration actions across both private and BLM-administered public lands. Restoration treatments on BLM-administered lands are planned under various environmental analyses, including the Integrated Vegetation Management for Resilient Lands (IVM-RL) Environmental Assessment (EA).

“The BLM designed and developed the assessment with a desire to help streamline collaborative projects and increase competitiveness,” said BLM Medford District Manager Elizabeth Burghard. “We recognize the importance of an all lands, all hands approach to ecosystem restoration and fuels reduction projects.”

White-breasted Nuthatch (c) Karl Schneck

It is estimated that less than 25 percent of historic prairie-oak habitat remains across Oregon. The most significant percentage of remaining oak habitat in the Pacific Northwest is in southwest Oregon. Both land conversion and human-induced ecosystem process alterations threaten these remaining habitats. Oak habitat loss is a significant threat to wildlife species in Oregon, including Oak Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Black-throated Gray Warbler, and game animals such as deer and elk.

ODFW’s Habitat Division, created by the Legislature in 2021, worked with the Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture, Oregon Wildlife Foundation, and Klamath Bird Observatory to secure funding through America the Beautiful Challenge and will work with KSON starting in 2023 to implement restoration work.

Additional grant funds from the America the Beautiful Challenge were also awarded to projects in Oregon:

The Nez Perce Tribe was awarded $5 million for restoring sockeye salmon habitat connectivity at the Wallowa Lake dam.

Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw will receive $3.5 million for tidal wetland restoration for Oregon Coast Coho Salmon habitat restoration in the Siuslaw River estuary.

North Fork John Day Watershed Council was awarded $509,000 for the mine tailing and water quality restoration of Bull Run Creek in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Curry County Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded $700,000 for treating invasive gorse and English ivy to protect the Siskiyou National Forest.

For more information about how ODFW connects conservation partners and communities with once-in-a-lifetime federal infrastructure funds and other opportunities, visit ODFW’s Investing in Oregon (IIJA) webpage.

Media Contact:
Elva Manquera-DeShields, KBO, ejm@klamathbird.org
Adam Baylor, ODFW, Adam.C.Baylor@odfw.oregon.gov


The Klamath Bird Observatory (KBO) is a non-profit organization that advances bird and habitat conservation through science, education, and partnerships. Working in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the ranges of migratory birds, KBO emphasizes high-caliber science and the role of birds as indicators to inform and improve natural resource management. KBO also nurtures an environmental ethic through community outreach and education.

KBO Holiday FUNdraiser: Contemplative Photography

CONTEMPLATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Sunday, December 11th, 5 – 8 PM

Nature photography can be deeply soul-soothing and meditative. It can be educational as it gives details about the appearance or behavior of a bird, and it can result in the protection of birds and landscapes. William Finley was a conservation photographer who presented to Teddy Roosevelt photos showing the mass slaughter of herons and egrets, prompting Roosevelt to set aside land as refuges for birds.

This presentation celebrates the power of photography. Kirk Gooding selected his favorite nature photos and created this inspirational series set to music. After a brief introduction, we ask you to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds created in this stunning presentation.

This holiday event will be held in a home in Ashland. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.

5-6 PM Arrive and enjoy pre-show food and drink.
6-7 PM Introduction, presentation, question and answer, and conversation.
7-8 PM A chance for more conversing and enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres. Cards will be for sale that features photos from the presentation. Great for the holidays

Suggested tax-deductible donation: $100

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This event is hosted by KBO board members Shannon Rio and Amanda Alford. The photographer, Kirk Gooding, is married to Shannon Rio.


Klamath Bird Observatory follows CDC guidelines. KBO events are being offered with COVID-19 safety as KBO’s primary concern. Proof of vaccination will be required for all in-person participants. All individuals attending an event must also fill out the Waiver of Liability form that will be emailed to you once you register for the event. Paper copies will be available at the event. Please do not attend the event if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Masks are not required but wear based on comfortability.


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KBO relies on private donations to further our mission of advancing bird and habitat conservation through science, education, and partnerships. By attending KBO FUNdraising events, you help support KBO’s efforts. So, if you love birds, believe in birds as indicators of environmental well-being, and want to support KBO’s science-driven bird conservation mission, please register for this FUNdraising event today!

Support Bird Conservation this Giving Tuesday

Join the Giving Tuesday movement. It is the biggest day of the year for generosity. By giving to Klamath Bird Observatory, you are helping to support long-term monitoring that provides information about changes in bird populations, in-depth theoretical research that advances our understanding of bird distribution and movements, and applied ecology that addresses natural resource management challenges. We ask that you help us with our continued efforts to protect birds, putting birds and KBO’s science at the forefront of conservation decision-making and action. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO MAKE AN END-OF-YEAR DONATION NOW!

 

 

A Holiday FUNdraiser, Shopping, and Outreach Spetacular

Holiday FUNdraiser — Contemplative Photography

Sunday, December 11th, 5 – 8 PM

Nature photography can be deeply soul-soothing and meditative. It can be educational as it gives details about the appearance or behavior of a bird, and it can result in the protection of birds and landscapes. William Finley was a conservation photographer who presented to Teddy Roosevelt photos showing the mass slaughter of herons and egrets, prompting Roosevelt to set aside land as refuges for birds.

This presentation celebrates the power of photography. Kirk Gooding selected his favorite nature photos and created this inspirational series set to music. After a brief introduction, we ask you to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds created in this stunning presentation.

This holiday event will be held in a home in Ashland. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. Suggested $100 Donation.

Register HERE


Shop Small and Support Conservation

This holiday season, shop local and support conservation. Check out our Gear Shop and find the perfect gift this holiday season. You will find amazing stocking stuffers like the Conservation Science Stamp Set, t-shirts, hats, or beautiful art from Erin Linton. Local pickup is available, and the cost of shipping is calculated separately. You can also purchase in person at the Northwest Nature Shop on December 2nd, 5:30 – 7:30 PM for First Friday.

For the little one in your life, you can shop at Ashland-based Sunday Afternoon for bird-themed trucker hats. A portion of the purchase goes to KBO. You can find all the varieties HERE.


Northwest Nature Shop Festive First Friday

December 2nd, 5:30 – 8 PM

Join KBO at the Northwest Nature Shop for the First Friday in December. KBO will have an information and merch table. Santa Claus will be visiting us. Sultan’s Delight will offer fresh, delicious falafels, lamb and beef gyros, kabobs and salads for sale, live music, outdoor fire pits, and complimentary hot mulled wine to keep warm and unique homemade goodies for holiday treats. Experience the magic of the holiday season in Ashland during the First Friday celebration. Inside the Northwest Nature Shop, 6-8 pm, meet Michael Kauffmann, author of Klamath Mountains: A Natural History, and Richard Crossley, author of birding guides Crossley’s ID Guide Western Birds.

Sit with us by the fire and enjoy some mulled wine. See you there!


Cocktails for a Cause At Lune Cafe

December 20th, 5 – 8:30 pm

Luna Cafe is hosting Klamath Bird Observatory for Cocktails for a Cause on December 20th. Every month Luna Cafe picks a local non-profit for their Cocktails for a Cause event. It is their way to gather our community to spread awareness about causes we care about over craft cocktails. Join KBO in December for a 50/50 raffle and drinks. Luna Cafe even makes lemonade from scratch for our non-alcoholic supporters. They donate $2 from every specialty cocktail and $1 from every specialty lemonade.

Trip to Brazil

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Come learn about why you should travel to Brazil with KBO

It is still 2022, but we are planning for 2023! In April, KBO will be traveling to Brazil to spend time with Mantiqueira Bird Observatory (OAMa)  and their fantastic team, Luiza and Pedro. Join us for a 10-day trip exploring the beauty of the Brazilian cloud forests, seeing exotic birds, discussing bird conservation with scientists from Brazil and KBO, bird banding in action, and eating delicious food. By attending this trip, you are donating to the intern exchange program between KBO and OAMa. Your donation helps cover the cost of travel, visa fees, stipend, and much more for an intern.

The trip is taking place April 12th – 20th. The cost is $5000 per person; this includes hotels, food (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and transportation. The only thing not included is airfare from the US to Brazil. A $2500 deposit is required to reserve your seat. Of the $5000 fee, $2500 is a taxable donation.

You can view an itinerary of the trip HERE. Subject to change.

Luiza will be hosting a presentation on November 20th at 5 pm to showcase all the amazing this we will see and do in Brazil and about OAMa. She will also be available to answer any questions about the trip. This in-person hybrid presentation will be held at the KBO office in Ashland and online via Zoom. To attend the presentation, please fill out the form below.


Klamath Bird Observatory follows CDC guidelines. KBO events are being offered with COVID-19 safety as KBO’s primary concern. Proof of vaccination will be required for all in-person participants. All individuals attending an event must also fill out the Waiver of Liability form that will be emailed to you once you register for the event. Paper copies will be available at the event. Please do not attend the event if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Masks are not required but wear based on comfortability.


Banding Internship

Molly with Visitor at Crater Lake Station

Klamath Bird Observatory is seeking highly motivated individuals to participate in our long-term landbird monitoring program. This position requires independent drive and patience for the travails of fieldwork 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.

Our bander training program blends an intensive field internship with coursework designed in accordance with North American Banding Council (NABC) standards to prepare participants for successful careers as field ornithologists. Training and duties will include mist netting and banding of passerines and near passerines; bird surveying; data quality assurance, entry, and management; and participation in public outreach and education. Non-field duties include study and discussion of banding curriculum, equipment maintenance, field station upkeep, and data entry. Accommodation is provided in shared rooms in a rustic cabin on the Upper Klamath Lake, which has potable running water, a full kitchen, internet access, a wood stove, electric space heaters, and an external bath house. Hiking and birding opportunities abound nearby, with access to bikes and kayaks. Weekly visits to remote sites will require multi-night camping trips and brief strenuous hiking carrying heavy banding equipment.

Internship Title: Bird Banding Intern
Compensation: Stipend of $1000/month and accommodation
Duration: May 1st 2022 to October 31st 2023
Project Location: Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon

Banding Intern Announcement 2023

QUALIFICATIONS

Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong interest in birds and field biology, possess a positive attitude during long days and occasionally adverse conditions (heat, cold, mosquitoes, smoke), work cooperatively and constructively toward project objectives, give priority to safety considerations, make common sense decisions about wildlife (bear, cougar), and be able to work and live harmoniously in close company with coworkers. To preserve the quality and consistency of our long-term dataset, interns must also be able to precisely follow protocols and take meticulous care in collecting and recording data. Excellent communication skills are critical. Interns are required to possess a valid Driver’s License and clean driving record to use provided field vehicles for project-related travel. Preferred qualifications include outdoor skills, bird identification skills, bird handling, and banding experience. This position requires early mornings (pre-dawn), weekends, and the ability to follow a work schedule dependent on the changing weather and unpredictable field conditions.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Ongoing until the position has been filled. TO APPLY: Send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references in a single PDF document to Research Biologist Claire Stuyck (cms@klamathbird.org).

Effective June 21, 2021, KBO requires that all Employees and Interns be fully up-to-date with vaccinations for COVID-19 and be able to provide proof of vaccination status. To remain “up-to-date”, “CDC recommends that people ages 12 years and older receive one updated (bivalent) booster if it has been at least 2 months since their last COVID-19 vaccine dose.” More information on staying up-to-date can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html

 

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