On February 22nd, Shannon Rio will tell stories about some of the birds that migrate through Lower Klamath and Tulelake National Wildlife Refuges, where she and her husband Kirk are regular visitors. In this virtual presentation you’ll see beautiful photographs, hear fun facts, and gain a sense of what birds you might see there any month of the year. Shannon will also share how you can get to her favorite areas of the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and where to explore when you arrive. Click through to register for this FREE event.
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. Three Common Nighthawks tagged by KBO’s field team transmitted data that contributed to the research findings. Click to learn more and to watch a vibrant animation of nighthawk migration routes.
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. Click to learn more.
Black-backed Woodpeckers are considered “keystone” species and indicators of bird community health. In a recent study published in Avian Conservation and Ecology, researchers surveyed birds and vegetation across a study area in the Fremont-Winema National Forest in Oregon to learn more about how Black-backed Woodpeckers use green conifer forests in this region, and how the occurrence of this species correlates with structural characteristics in these forests.
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!
Klamath Bird Observatory is accepting applications for our 2021 field season! We are seeking Point Count Technicians 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. We are also seeking Bird Banding Interns 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. Click to learn more!
In this presentation on December 21, 2020, Harry Fuller will discuss the ongoing impacts of climate change and how all creatures, especially our Oregon birds, are pressed to adapt to changing environments. Can all species adapt to these changes? Which species might benefit, and which species might “lose?” Harry will share the “knowns” and “unknowns” according to current science, and describe what actions people can take to help mitigate the impacts of a changing climate. Click to learn more and sign up.
The Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most amazing Wildlife Refuges in our country. 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 “Birding the Klamath Basin,” a virtual visit to Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge in winter, where you will learn how to find your way to the refuge and get to know the glorious birds you might see there during this chilly time of year. Click to learn more!
Oak ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest are highly biodiverse and host more than 300 vertebrate species; yet a significant proportion of historic oak ecosystems in the region have been lost, and most remaining habitat is in a degraded state. Songbirds that are closely associated with oak ecosystems have experienced concerning declines, which is one of the reasons why research and restoration in oak habitats are priorities in our region. A new study from Klamath Bird Observatory describes a restoration and monitoring project that sought to reduce factors that stress oak trees and improve functioning in oak-associated plant communities. The researchers studied the effectiveness of the oak restoration by monitoring birds both before and after oak restoration.