The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex is comprised of six separate refuge areas. The Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge portion was established in 1908 by Teddy Roosevelt and is the first refuge protected specifically for the benefit of migratory birds. Nearby, Tulelake National Wildlife Refuge protects more than 39,000 acres of open water and farmland that support migratory birds.
In order for Klamath Bird Observatory’s work to inform effective conservation actions for migratory birds, we need to understand when and where in their annual cycle they are facing threats. We know that protecting and restoring healthy habitats where birds breed is important, but for many species, it is not enough.
In a new collaborative study in Ecography, Migratory Connectivity Project researchers sought to identify pinch points in Common Nighthawk migratory connectivity across the species’ annual cycle. This approach can inform single species conservation, but may also be telling for broader conservation efforts.
Three Common Nighthawks tagged by KBO’s field team transmitted data that contributed to the research findings. Watch the video below to see an animation of the migration routes of these and other nighthawks included in the study. Birds tagged by KBO originate as a greenish-colored data point in southern Oregon, then travel to South America and back.
Lead author Elly Knight emphasized that collaboration was crucial to the research. Oregon’s nighthawk population is one of the only populations in North America that appears to be increasing, and the research team needed a partner that was already working in the area. KBO answered the call. In a recent Partners in Flight news article, Elly stated, “Thanks to KBO, we’re now starting to quantitatively test potential causes of varying population trends… in breeding ground demographics. We look forward to sharing those results when they’re available” (from https://partnersinflight.org/the-common-nighthawk-migratory-connectivity-project/).
KBO Science Director Jaime Stephens was excited to partner on this critically important research. Thanks to KBO’s existing, robust bird monitoring programs, Stephens’ team was well positioned to implement a relatively small field effort in the Upper Klamath Basin of Oregon. In addition, “field crews enjoyed being able to do something extra, even though it meant late nights instead of early mornings!” said Stephens.
We are seeking one Field Technician and one Intern to help conduct our Oregon Vesper Sparrow demography research this summer. KBO is contributing to a range-wide study to understand causes of decline in this imperiled subspecies. Primary duties will include nest-searching and monitoring, color band resighting, vegetation surveys, and data entry. This is a great opportunity to camp and work in the beautiful meadows of the western Cascades.
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Klamath Bird Observatory is seeking to fill a Field Technician position in our Oregon Vesper Sparrow demography research program. We are contributing to a rangewide study to understand causes of decline in this imperiled subspecies. Primary duties will include nest-searching and monitoring, color band resighting, and vegetation surveys in meadows of the western Cascades, and associated data entry based out of our office in Ashland, Oregon.
Klamath Bird Observatory is seeking to fill a volunteer intern position in our Oregon Vesper Sparrow demography research program. We are contributing to a range-wide study to understand causes of decline in this imperiled subspecies. Primary duties will include nest-searching and monitoring, color band resighting, and vegetation surveys in meadows of the western Cascades, and associated data entry based out of our office in Ashland, Oregon.
Black-backed Woodpeckers are considered “keystone” species and indicators of bird community health. Considered specialists that prefer burned conifer forests, these woodpeckers favor sites where bark beetle larvae and other food sources are abundant after wildfires. Yet, Black-backed Woodpeckers are also known to inhabit green, unburned conifer forests, although the extent to which they use green forests throughout their range is poorly understood. Recent surveys revealed that Black-backed Woodpeckers are present in green forests in their western range in greater densities than expected, uncovering a need for greater understanding of the importance of unburned forests for conservation of this species.
Cozy up and have fun this winter connecting with the birds! Shannon Rio will present four unique, interactive virtual events about our feathered friends via Zoom in January and February, 2021. At each event someone in the audience will win a gift certificate to a local Ashland business! You can choose to sign up for one or more of the events in the series. No previous bird knowledge is necessary and all are welcome!
The Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most amazing Wildlife Refuges in our country. It is part of the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex and was established in 1908 by Teddy Roosevelt. It is the first refuge protected specifically for the benefit of migratory birds.
We invite you to join Shannon Rio on December 7th via Zoom for a virtual presentation, “Birding the Klamath Basin.” Shannon will present a virtual visit to the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge by sharing beautiful photographs, and the history of the land and the birds.
The Klamath Bird Observatory is seeking seasonal field technicians from May 1st through July 15th, 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. Surveyors will work in the Redwoods National Park, Lava Beds National Monument, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, eastern Oregon sagebrush habitat, and more. Applicants should be able to identify a large variety of Western birds as they may be working in a range of habitats including oak woodlands, riparian areas, coniferous forests, montane meadows, and shrub-steppe.
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 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.
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.