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Birding and Hiking Little Hyatt Lake

 

Join Shannon Rio for a leisurely day of hiking and birding the pacific crest trail into Little Hyatt Lake. This 8-mile hike starts at Hwy 66 where the PCT takes us through meadows and woods to our lunch spot of Little Hyatt. Migratory birds and resident birds are nesting in this area. The hike is level and rated easy. Upon arrival at the lake, we will enjoy lunch and whatever birds are visiting there. Usually, dippers are in Keene Creek and Osprey like to fish in the lake. Our hike will take us back to our vehicles via the road.

Date: Saturday, July 2nd, 7 am – 3 pm.

Directions: Meet at Rite Aid to carpool the 1/2 hour drive to the Greensprings Summit where we will park and walk from there.
Wear comfy hiking shoes, bring lunch and liquids, binoculars, and cameras. Our pace will be slow as we bird and study flowers along the way.

Drive your own car if you prefer or let us know if you would like to be a passenger.

Suggested donation: $0-$50.

Registration: Little Hyatt Lake

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About the Guide

Shannon Rio is on the board of the Klamath Bird Observatory because of its work to preserve birds and wild places in nature. She is a wildlife educator with a goal to connect people (and herself) with nature so that they will want to protect what they love. She teaches classes in various settings and also teaches yoga, works as a nurse practitioner, is devoted to family and friends and community, and loves learning anything about the natural world through hiking and birding and sitting quietly observing the wonder of it all.

News Release: Population and Habitat Objectives for Landbirds in Prairies, Oak, and Riparian Habitats of Western Oregon and Washington

The newly released conservation plan, Population and Habitat Objectives for Landbirds in Prairies, Oak, and Riparian Habitats of Western Oregon and Washington (Rockwell et al 2022), provides quantitative and multi-scaled population and habitat objectives for 26 focal and seven imperiled bird species. As the title suggests, the plan focuses on prairie, oak, and riparian habitats in the Puget Lowlands, Willamette Valley, and Klamath Mountains ecoregions of western Oregon and Washington. This document was prepared for the Oregon-Washington Chapter of Partners in Flight (PIF), Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Forest Service.

This document is an updated version of the Conservation Strategy for Landbirds in the Lowlands and Valleys of Western Oregon and Washington (Altman 2000). Among PIF bird conservation plans, this plan like its predecessor has quantitative and prescriptive objectives that were established for habitat attributes important to landbird species.


“This important document provides both land managers and bird conservationists answers to the essential questions of how much, where, and by when,” says Bob Altman of the American Bird Conservancy “it sets a new threshold for conservation standards in regional planning.”


Recommendations included are intended to guide planning efforts and management actions of land managers, direct expenditures of government and non-government organizations, and stimulate monitoring and research to support landbird conservation. The recommendations are also expected to be the biological foundation for developing and implementing integrated conservation strategies for multiple species at multiple geographic scales to ensure functional ecosystems with healthy bird populations.


“Partnerships are the backbone of Joint Ventures. A primary role of Migratory Bird Joint Ventures is to step-down continental habitat priorities for waterfowl, waterbirds, landbirds, and shorebirds to each Joint Venture region. This plan and the unique partnership between Pacific Birds, Klamath Bird Observatory, and PIF fills this gap; it frames conservation delivery strategies, sets the stage for working towards collective goals, and helps us meet our federal mandate,“ says Sara Evan-Peters U.S. Assistant Coordinator, Pacific Birds Joint Habitat Adventure.


The section on imperiled species is unique to this Oregon-Washington PIF plan. Imperiled species were selected based on a population estimate of <2,000 individuals in any of the three ecoregions; a high degree of association with prairie, oak, and riparian habitats; and a historic anecdotal baseline as a relatively common species. The focal species approach assumes that the suite of focal species will cover the habitat requirements of imperiled bird species, but this may not hold true for imperiled species that are ecological specialists. In this region, we are fortunate to have uniquely detailed data regarding the population status and conservation needs of many of our imperiled species. To ensure their conservation, imperiled species were recognized and given their own biological objectives and habitat attributes, as well as integrated where appropriate as species to benefit from conservation actions directed towards focal species. Highlighted below is the Oregon Vesper Sparrow.

 

This document is intended to complement the goals, objectives, and strategies in several other planning and conservation processes and initiatives by filling a niche that is usually absent in those efforts: quantitative, prescriptive recommendations for habitat conditions most suitable for individual and suites of landbird species at several geographic scales (e.g., regional, subregional, site). The use and implementation of these recommendations can be done independently for landbird-specific conservation, or complementarily within the context of broader conservation goals to support and strengthen other plans.

You can view the whole conservation plan here.

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Bird Banding with Klamath Bird Observatory Scientists: Science in Action!

It has been said that bird banding is at once both a delicate art and precise science. It is a method of bird monitoring to track bird populations and demographic trends (characteristics of the population) over time.

First, a bird is gently caught in a soft, fine net called a mist net. After being carefully removed by a biologist, a small aluminum band is placed around the bird’s leg like a bracelet. Engraved on the band is a unique number that will allow biologists to track the bird if it is recaptured. Next, data (e.g., age, sex, fat, feather molt, weight) about the bird are collected. Finally, the bird is released near where it was caught and continues its daily activities.

Bird banding allows scientists to answer questions about bird populations. These questions can then inform land management practices to aid in effective bird and habitat conservation. For example, bird banding data tell us if birds successfully breed in an area—an indication of a healthy habitat. Banding data also tell us if birds are surviving migration, information that informs international conservation efforts.

From Left to right Axel Rutter, Victoria Langham, Claire Stuyck, and Yuly Caicedo Ortiz.

Come join a KBO biologist and the KBO interns for a bird banding experience out in the field. This is an amazing opportunity to meet some of our scientists in a small group setting, learn about bird banding and see some of Oregon’s birds up close. You will observe live-action science being done in the morning (mist-netting and data collection) with a light brunch (provided). Afterward, we will bird the scenic Wood River until early afternoon.

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WHEN:  Friday, June 17th, 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (inclusive of drive time to and from Ashland).

WHERE:  Upper Klamath Lake

TRIP LEADERS:  Lisa Michelbrink and Shannon Rio, KBO Board Members

COST: Space is limited to 5 cars of 4 people each. The cost is $500/car.


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 wellbeing, and want to support KBO’s science-driven bird conservation mission, please register for this FUNdraising event today! We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our Spring Series FUNdraising Events.

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.

Halcyon Journey

Halcyon Journey Presentation by Marina Richie

Join author Marina Richie for stories and excerpts from her new book, Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher—illustrated by Newport artist Ram Papish and published by Oregon State University Press. Richie’s narrative weaves natural history, myth, and memoir to illuminate the jay-sized bird of cocky crest, headfirst dive, and rattling cry. Ultimately, she reveals an inviting pathway for all seeking kinship with nature nearby. Note–this is the very first book to feature North America’s beloved Belted Kingfisher.

Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher is a story of keen observation, curiosity, and revelation in the presence of flowing waters. The kingfisher is linked to the mythic origin of halcyon days, a state of idyllic happiness that author Marina Richie hoped to find outside her back door in her then home of Missoula, Montana.

Little did Marina know her quarry would prove to be a skittish bird, infamous for vanishing around a stream bend. Delving deeper, she embraced tribal stories of the belted kingfisher as messenger and helper, pivotal qualities for a journey extending from one to multiple seasons.

Blunders, epiphanies, and a citizen science discovery punctuated days tracking a bird that outwits at every turn. The female is more colorful than the male (a mystery) and their earthen nest holes are difficult to locate. While the heart of the drama takes place on Rattlesnake Creek, adventures seeking kingfisher kin on the lower Rio Grande, South Africa, and London illuminate her relationships with the birds of her home stream.

By spending many hours observing a nesting pair of kingfishers from within a camouflaged blind, her status as a visitor turned to that of a resident. By the forested creek’s edge, she came to terms with the loss of her naturalist father. Here, too, she tapped into her own powers, inspired by the bird of the headfirst plunge and awakening rattle call. With newfound courage, Marina left Missoula to travel as a roving naturalist in her popup camper, and then returned to Oregon (her home state before Montana). The kingfisher remains her muse.

Registration

This presentation will be hosted via Zoom on June 16th, 6 pm – 7:30 pm. Click here to register. 

Books are available for purchase at the Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland, OR.

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Author Bio

Marina Richie is a nature writer living in Bend, Oregon, She wrote two children’s books under a prior name: Bird Feats of Montana and Bug Feats of Montana. Her writing appears in many publications including Birdwatching magazine, on National Wildlife Federation and National Audubon websites, and on award-winning panels for the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuges. Marina also serves on the board of the Greater Hells Canyon Council. Please visit her website www.marinarichie.com featuring her bi-monthly nature blogs.

Beginner Birder Talk and Walk

Birding benefits your mood, your psychological well-being, your mental health, and your cognitive functioning. Join board member Amanda Alford to learn how to begin your birding journey or how to get back to your basics.

The Talk will include all of Amanda’s best tips for:

  • Finding birds
  • Understanding and using binoculars
  • Identifying species by size, shape, suit, scene, and sound
  • Utilizing smartphone applications and online resources
  • And more!

The Talk will conclude with an in-depth look at just some of the species we are likely to see during our Walk at North Mountain Park. Come level up your birding skills and gain the confidence you need to have even more fun watching birds!

Talk: Thursday, June 9th, 7 pm at the KBO office at 2425 Siskiyou Blvd in Ashland, with the option of watching via Zoom if you prefer

Walk: Saturday, June 11th, meet at North Mountain Park at 9 am.

Click here to register for the Talk and Walk

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Don’t Forget to Vote!

Are you an Ashland Food Coop member?

Klamath Bird Observatory is in the running to secure a month in the Ashland Food Coop Change for Good Program. To secure a spot we need to be in the top 10 nonprofit organizations and to do this we need you!

Check your email from the Ashland Food Co-op for an email that was delivered on 5/24/22. This email has your ballot for the Change for Good Program! The email is titled: Ashland Food Co-op 2022 Elections. You will use the link in that email to vote for the Klamath Bird Observatory to help us become a Change for Good partner. You can vote for your top 10 of 20 favorite nonprofits. We can’t do this without you!

The voting deadline is 6/6/22 at 9 pm. PLEASE VOTE and tell your friends.

Ecologist and Partnerships Coordinator

The primary responsibility of the Ecologist and Partnerships Coordinator is to inform forest management and restoration efforts using the best available science within the context of Klamath Bird Observatory’s mission to advance bird and habitat conservation. They will engage with existing collaborations, and work to develop new and diverse partnerships that promote resilience, sustainable management, economies, and community well-being in oak and conifer forest ecosystems. This work will contribute to a larger western program of Partners in Flight conservation delivery. Core job duties include coordinating and leading restoration partnerships (e.g. Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network) and contributing to forest collaboratives to provide expertise to inform planning and evaluate success. Grant writing and ongoing partnership building will be essential job duties. In addition, the Ecologist and Partnerships Coordinator will provide project support for long-term monitoring, applied ecology studies, and species-specific research. Depending on qualifications, the ecologist may contribute to study design, field survey training and oversight, data management and quality control, statistical analyses, report and manuscript writing, and community and scientific presentations.

Job Title: Ecologist and Partnerships Coordinator (Full Time)
Salary: $46,000-$47,000 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 3 professional references to Jaime Stephens (jlh@klamathbird.org)
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin June 27th and continue until filled

Job announcement available here

About KBO

Klamath Bird Observatory advances bird and habitat conservation through science, education, and partnerships. We use birds as indicators of the healthy and resilient ecosystems on which we all depend. Our program areas reflect the highest conservation priorities for reversing the decline of western bird populations and the habitats on which they depend. Our current applied ecology programs focus on improving the management and restoration of conifer forests, oak woodlands, riparian habitats, and alpine meadows. Our theoretical research improves our understanding of historic, current, and future population trends of birds in those same ecosystems and studies birds throughout their full annual life cycle to identify the limiting factors that birds face during breeding and non-breeding seasons. We bring our results to bear through science delivery involving partnership driven engagement in conservation planning, informing the critical decisions being made today that will have lasting influences on the health of our natural resources well into the future. Klamath Bird Observatory is striving to maintain and build upon our positive, supportive, and inclusive work culture.

Job Duties (to include, but not limited to)

  • Serve as the Coordinator for the Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network (KSON) – a collaborative regional partnership working to conserve oak habitats on private and public lands in southern Oregon and northern California; plan and facilitate meetings, manage notes and files and respond to inquiries
  • Advance the KSON Strategic Action Plan, share content, and engage partners through communications, presentations, and development of outreach materials
  • Advance tribal partnerships for oak restoration
  • Contribute to forest collaboratives, provide expertise specific to bird conservation and the application of birds as focal species to inform planning and evaluate success
  • Review NEPA documents, timber plans, and restoration prescriptions
  • Communicate conservation objectives and scientific findings to land managers through personal engagement and the development of decision support tools in a variety of formats
  • Contribute to the development, design, and review of research studies to inform restoration planning and measure success
  • Provide project support for long-term monitoring, applied ecology studies, and species-specific research
  • Supervise seasonal and full-time staff as needed
  • Coordinate and manage fieldwork including scheduling, vehicle management, data collection, data quality control, data entry, and data management as needed
  • Produce manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, including statistical analysis and scientific writing
  • Present research findings at scientific conferences
  • Complete programmatic fundraising, including grant writing and contract acquisition
  • Manage contracts, track budgets, and complete project reporting
  • Collaborate with the Science Director to set annual program-specific goals and objectives and develop and manage program budgets
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through continuous development, modeling of inclusive behaviors, and proactive management of bias

Qualifications

  • Combination of education and/or experience equivalent to a Master’s or Ph.D. in Natural Sciences, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Ornithology, and/or Social Science
  • Must provide and maintain reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and meet minimum driving record and insurance requirements
  • In-person work and regular travel will be necessary when public health guidelines allow
  • Knowledge of western forest ecosystems, silviculture, and restoration techniques
  • Successful track record of working effectively with diverse communities and partnerships
  • Field experience with restoration, timber management, and/or bird conservation
  • Good organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • Experience in personnel management and supervision
  • Ability and positive attitude to hike in rough and steep terrain in inclement weather, in areas with poison oak, ticks, biting and stinging insects, rattlesnakes, black bears, and cougars
  • Proficient with current statistical methods and analytical programs (e.g. R, ArcGIS) for advanced mapping and analyses
  • Understanding of grant writing including foundation, federal, and other funding sources Excellent scientific writing skills; experience with reports and manuscripts
  • Excellent popular writing skills; experience with social media, web, blogs, and communications
  • Experience with public speaking in field, community, and professional settings Ability to represent KBO’s non-advocacy approach of conservation-relevant science to partners and the public, and within professional networks

It is Klamath Bird Observatory’s 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.

Voting is Open for the Change for Good Program!

KBO NEEDS YOUR VOTE!

Ashland Food Co-op (AFC) members are able to vote for their favorite nonprofits in AFC’s Change for Good Program.  Through this program, AFC helps local nonprofits raise money and outreach to the community.  Voting takes place 5/24/2022 through  6/6/2022 (till 9 pm) for MEMBERS ONLY.

If you are already a member, follow this link and vote! You can vote for your top ten favorite organizations.

Change for Good is a roundup program offered by the Co-op and helps raise money for local nonprofits when customers donate by rounding up their sales. The eleven nonprofits with the highest number of votes will secure a month of fundraising and outreach at the Co-op. (The highest vote getters secure the Co-op’s busiest months with more opportunity for fundraising).  KBO has been accepted as a candidate for this program, but it is competitive, and we need your vote to secure a fundraising month…support KBO by voting.  Please tell your friends and share on social media that way we can reach as many KBO supporters as possible during the voting period.

Thank you for supporting KBO!

Klamath Bird Observatory Events and Updates

Thank you to everyone who celebrated World Migratory Bird Day with us at Rogue Valley Bird Day!

Left to Right: Axel, Victoria, Claire, and Yuly

 

We are going to need your vote!

Ashland Food Co-op (AFC) members will soon be asked to vote for their favorite nonprofits in AFC’s Change for Good Program. Through this program, AFC helps local nonprofits raise money and outreach to the community. Voting takes place 5/24/2022 through 6/6/2022 for MEMBERS ONLY. If you are not a member and are thinking of becoming one, NOW would be a great time to join the Co-op so you can vote https://ashlandfood.coop/become-owner

If you are already a member, watch your email for a ballot during the above dates and vote!

Change for Good is a roundup program offered by the Co-op and helps raise money for local nonprofits when customers donate by rounding up their sales. The eleven nonprofits with the highest votes will secure a month of fundraising and outreach at the Co-op. (The highest vote getters secure the Co-op’s busiest months with more opportunity for fundraising). KBO has been accepted as a candidate for this program, but it is competitive and we need your vote to secure a fundraising month…support KBO by voting. Please also spread the word and post on social media, so that we can reach as many KBO supporters as possible during the voting period. Thank you so much for supporting KBO!


Events

Beginner Bird Walk

Join KBO board member Amanda Alford for a special Talk-and-Walk geared to beginning birders, or anyone wanting to get back to basics. The Talk will include all of Amanda’s best tips for:

  • Finding birds
  • Understanding and using binoculars
  • Identifying species by size, shape, suit, scene, and sound
  • Utilizing smartphone applications and online resources
  • And more!

The Talk will conclude with an in-depth look at just some of the species we are likely to see during our Walk at North Mountain Park. Come level up your birding skills and gain the confidence you need to have even more fun watching birds!

Talk: Thursday, June 9th, 7 pm at the KBO office at 2425 Siskiyou Blvd in Ashland, with the option of watching via Zoom if you prefer

Walk: Saturday, June 11th, meet at North Mountain Park at 9 am.

Suggest donation of $25. 

Click here to register for the Talk and Walk

Click here to register for the talk ONLY. 


Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher

Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher is a story of keen observation, curiosity,  and revelation in the presence of flowing waters. The kingfisher is linked to the mythic origin of halcyon days, a state of idyllic happiness that author Marina Richie hoped to find outside her back door in her then home of Missoula, Montana.

Little did Marina know her quarry would prove to be a skittish bird, infamous for vanishing around a stream bend. Delving deeper, she embraced tribal stories of the belted kingfisher as messenger and helper, pivotal qualities for a journey extending from one to multiple seasons.

Blunders, epiphanies, and a citizen science discovery punctuated days tracking a bird that outwits at every turn. The female is more colorful than the male (a mystery) and their earthen nest holes are difficult to locate. While the heart of the drama takes place on Rattlesnake Creek, adventures seeking kingfisher kin on the lower Rio Grande, South Africa, and London illuminate her relationships with the birds of her home stream

By spending many hours observing a nesting pair of kingfishers from within a camouflaged blind, her status as a visitor turned to that of a resident. By the forested creek’s edge, she came to terms with the loss of her naturalist father. Here, too, she tapped into her own powers, inspired by the bird of the headfirst plunge and awakening rattle call. With newfound courage, Marina left Missoula to travel as a roving naturalist in her popup camper, and then returned to Oregon (her home state before Montana). The kingfisher remains her muse.

Books are available for purchase at Northwest Nature Shop.

This free webinar is on June 16th, 6 pm – 7 pm. 

Click here to register. 


Bird Banding with Klamath Bird Observatory Scientists: Science in Action!

Come join a KBO biologist and the KBO interns for a bird banding experience out in the field. This is an amazing opportunity to meet some of our scientists in a small group setting, learn about bird banding and see some of Oregon’s birds up close. You will observe live-action science being done in the morning (mist-netting and data collection) with a light brunch (provided). Afterward, we will bird the scenic Wood River until early afternoon.

WHEN:  Friday, June 17th, 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (inclusive of drive time to and from Ashland).

WHERE:  Upper Klamath Lake

TRIP LEADERS:  Lisa Michelbrink and Shannon Rio, KBO Board Members

COST: Space is limited to 5 cars of 4 people each. The cost is $500/car.

Register Here!


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 wellbeing, and want to support KBO’s science-driven bird conservation mission, please register for this FUNdraising event today! We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our Spring Series FUNdraising Events.

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.

Registration: Halcyon Journey

Registration: Halcyon Journey In Search of the Belted Kingfisher

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