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Brazil Trip Registration

Klamath Bird Observatory (KBO) follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, and as such, KBO events are offered with COVID-19 safety as a primary concern. Proof of “up-to-date” vaccination will be required for all in-person participants. Upon registration, all individuals attending an in-person event must also fill out KBO’s COVID Release Form and Waiver of Liability. Paper copies may also be available at an event upon advanced request. Please do not attend the event if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.


Registration: Trip to Brazil 2024

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The cost includes in-country transportation, lodging, and meals with limited alcoholic beverages - the flight to Brazil is not included. A $3500 deposit is required to reserve your seat. Final payment is due 6 months prior to departure. Both the deposit and final payment are non-refundable. A portion of the cost directly supports the intern exchange program between the two bird observatories and is tax-deductible. Maximum trip size is 11 participants; some activities will split into smaller groups. We reserve the right to cancel before January 20th if the trip does not fill with a minimum number of attendees. Trip activities will include moderate walking, sometimes on uneven trails, and away from facilities for half to full days.(Required)

Klamath Basin with Dick Ashford

Klamath Bird Observatory (KBO) follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, and as such, KBO events are offered with COVID-19 safety as a primary concern. Proof of “up-to-date” vaccination will be required for all in-person participants. Upon registration, all individuals attending an in-person event must also fill out KBO’s COVID Release Form and Waiver of Liability. Paper copies may also be available at an event upon advanced request. Please do not attend the event if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.


Upper Rogue Oak Initiative

Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network’s (KSON) Upper Rogue Oak Initiative (UROI) will restore over 3,000 acres of oak habitat within three watersheds east and northeast of White City and Medford, Oregon. Work will occur throughout the Little Butte Watershed and may extend north as far as the Big Butte Watershed. Restoration will remove conifers that are crowding oaks, use prescribed fire where feasible, reduce noxious weeds, and reestablish a native understory.

This initiative will also showcase Table Rocks as KSON’s keystone site, including continued restoration, demonstrations, and public engagement opportunities. UROI is a partnership of tribal, federal, state, non-profit, and private landowners. It is made possible by funding from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, America the Beautiful Challenge, and matching dollars from the Bureau of Land Management and other KSON partners for a total of 13 million dollars.

Healthy oak and prairie habitats protect our landscapes and our way of life. The significant loss of oaks in vast areas of the state raises the importance of maintaining and restoring the widespread and substantial remaining oak woodlands in southern Oregon. While they present the greatest opportunity for long-term conservation of the habitat and cultural values of oak systems, they are in need of restoration.


Upper Rogue Oak Initiative Partners

Great Grey Owl Talk by Harry Fuller

Photo by Peter Thiemann

Great Gray Owls are scarce over much of the range shown in typical field guides or online range maps. There are small regions within their overall range where they are more numerous. In this, they are like many birds that are very picky about habitat and food supply—Pinyon Jays, MacGillivray’s Warblers, and Green-tailed Towhees.

Jackson County is most likely the southernmost hotspot for great grays. There might be as many great grays here as in all of California, where they are state-designated endangered species. There has never been a confirmed sighting in Siskiyou County, which is only a few miles from where owls breed in this county. Likely there are many more great grays in Oregon than in Washington State. In Europe, the species is found primarily in boreal forests. Along the Pacific Slope, they occur in small numbers as far south as Fresno County.

Why are they here? How do they behave? Survive? Deal with humans? What does climate change portend?

Date and Time: September 22nd at 6 pm

Location: Klamath Bird Observatory office in Ashland, Zoom option available

Cost: FREE

Great Grey Owl book and Harry’s most recent publication, Birding Harney County will be available for sale during the event.

Harry FullerBefore his retirement, Harry managed TV and Internet newsrooms in San Francisco and London. He has written three natural history books, including Great Gray Owl in California, Oregon, and Washington, and San Francisco’s Natural History, Sand Dunes to Streetcars. Harry also contributed to a chapter about Common Nighthawks in Edge of Awe, an anthology of essays about Malheur National Wildlife Refuge published by Oregon State University Press in 2019. He has been leading bird trips and teaching birding classes since the 1990s.  See Harry’s birding journal online here.


Klamath Bird Observatory (KBO) follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, and as such, KBO events are offered with COVID-19 safety as a primary concern. Proof of “up-to-date” vaccination will be required for all in-person participants. Upon registration, all individuals attending an in-person event must also fill out KBO’s COVID Release Form and Waiver of Liability. Paper copies may also be available at an event upon advanced request. Please do not attend the event if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.


Fall FUNdraising and Outreach Events

 The Klamath Bird Observatory board members are excited to introduce our fall outreach and FUNdraising events.

Let’s Talk Bird Series

Shannon Rio, KBO Board President

Join Shannon Rio for three weeks of classes, chatting about our local birds and ending with a field trip. Powerpoint presentations will include, for example, a deep dive into a specific group of birds like woodpeckers and learning fun bird factoids. We will explore the use of a variety of bird guides and info books. This class is collaborative and interactive and meant to be fun. We will meet at noon for 1 1/2 hours, so bring a sack lunch along with your curiosity. Please bring your favorite guidebook for referencing the species we are learning about and sharing with the group. The class will be capped off with an all-day outing to use what you have learned.

Dates: September 11th, 18th, 25th, and field trip on Sep 30th or Oct 1st.

Location: KBO Office in Ashland

Fee: $100 suggested donation

Klamath Bird Observatory (KBO) follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, and as such, KBO events are offered with COVID-19 safety as a primary concern. Proof of “up-to-date” vaccination will be required for all in-person participants. Upon registration, all individuals attending an in-person event must also fill out KBO’s COVID Release Form and Waiver of Liability. Paper copies may also be available at an event upon advanced request. Please do not attend the event if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Register Here


Save The Dates

Registration for these events will open approximately one month before the event day. Mark your calendars now, and keep an eye out for the emails.

Great Grey Owl Talk with Harry Fuller – September 22nd, 6 pm, at the KBO Office – Free, signed Great Grey Owl books available for purchase

Walk Into Ashland Past with Jeff LaLande – October 7th & 14th at 11:30 am. The walk starts at the Ashland Library – $75 per person

Field Trip to Scott Valley with Dick Ashford – October 21st – $40 per person

Field Trip to the Klamath Basin with Dick Ashford – November 4th – $40 per person

Klamath Basin Raptor ID Class and Field Trip with Dick Ashford – December 7th and 9th – $75 per person

 

Bird Conmigo August 12th

Join us on August 12th at 9 am for Bird Conmigo. Birding with friends and family is a great way to connect. We will be exploring Bear Creek Park. Many of the birds seen there you can find in your backyard. Klamath Bird Observatory will provide binoculars and Spanish/English guidebooks. This event is free and Spanish/English bilingual. 

Acompáñanos este 12 de Agosto a las 9 a.m. en el recorrido de observación de aves Bird Conmigo. Observar aves con amigos y familia es una gran forma de crear vínculos cercanos. Exploraremos el parque Bear Creek, donde encontraremos algunas aves que habitan también en los patios de las casas. Habrá binoculares y guías bilingües en Español/Inglés disponibles para su uso durante el recorrido cortesía de Klamath Bird Observatory. Este evento es gratuito y bilingüe.

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Presale 2023-24 Conservation Science Stamp & Duck Stamp

Available for Pre-Sale Now 2023-2024 Conservation Science Stamp & Federal Duck Stamp

Klamath Bird Observatory has partnered with artists to create an annual Conservation Science Stamp for many years. This stamp is sold with the Federal Duck Stamp to support ALL of bird conservation for $40. The funds from the Conservation Science Stamp support KBO’s mission – advancing bird and habitat conservation through science, education, and partnerships. This year’s stamp highlights the yellow-breasted chat, Icteria virens. We picked this iconic KBO bird to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) with the theme Water: Sustaining Bird Life. This year’s artist is Jasmine Vazquez from Portland, OR.

The two stamps are sold together to support All of bird conservation for $40. They are available for pre-sale and can be purchased here.

 

 

 

 

 

A Decade of Collaborative Oak Restoration Highlights 2011-2023

The Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion is a globally significant biodiversity hotspot and area of conservation concern, with some of the most extensive remaining oak ecosystems in the western United States. Oaks here are most threatened by conifer encroachment, fire suppression, agricultural development, incompatible grazing practices, non-native species, and severe fire. 

The Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network (KSON) is a regional collaboration between local agencies, tribes, and non-profit organizations that works to conserve oak ecosystems on private and public lands in southern Oregon and northern California. Since 2011, KSON partners have accomplished thousands of acres of strategic ecological restoration to enhance oak habitat, build climate resilience, bolster cultural resources, and reduce wildfire risk to the ecosystem and communities. This handout highlights the power of collaboration and a decade-plus of successful oak habitat restoration. 

KSON Oak Success Story PDF

Visit a KBO Banding Station

Take a trip to the Upper Klamath to a KBO banding station on Friday, July 21st. There you will get to meet this year’s banding crew and learn about the importance of bird banding. The fee from this FUNdraiser helps pay for the cost of running our six banding stations. This event is a family-friendly event. Click HERE to register.

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