KBO’s resilience is inspired by the support we receive from our donors who believe in our work to advance bird and habitat conservation through science, education, and partnerships. In 2020, as the Covid pandemic challenged all of us, KBO showed our resilience, adapting to the novel circumstances. Keeping the safety of staff, partners, and the rural communities where we work as our priority, for the first time in nearly 30 years we decided to postpone the vast majority of our field season. However, we were not idle with our time. Our staff diligently worked from home, implementing key nearby field studies, publishing a number of conservation-relevant papers, producing several new strategic conservation planning documents, and video conferencing extensively with partners. Our work stayed focused on ensuring that birds and KBO’s science stay at the forefront of conservation decision making and action
As we have focused intensely on our core science-driven mission during these unprecedented times, we have missed engaging with you, our community of supporters. As the pandemic hit, we considered how it might be impacting you, and we decided to cancel fundraising events and forgo sending out the regular spring membership appeal. However, as the virus now rages on and we look towards the future, we need your help.
While we are all facing uncertainties, the coming months are bringing exciting new developments to KBO. We have reinvigorated our outreach through our beautifully redesigned website at www.KlamathBird.org and new ventures into Covid-safe community education programming. We are actively planning to continue our world-renowned field program, with safety as our priority, and we will keep our momentum going as we continue to produce and deliver relevant science in support of critical conservation. We are also moving in to a new home. In 2021, we will take up residence at 2425 Siskiyou Boulevard in Ashland, Oregon. We look forward to welcoming you to our new headquarters (when CDC guidelines and Oregon State recommendations allow) where we will be able to host community education classes and other events.
We look forward to having another successful year and to engaging with you in new ways. Giving Tuesday is December 1st, and this year we ask that you help us with our continued efforts to protect birds and the places in nature that they need to survive. Please consider making an end-of-year donation to KBO by clicking here. We need your support as we charge into our future, with an outlook that is, while uncertain for all of us, promising.
John Alexander, Executive Director
Shannon Rio, President, Board of Directors