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Bird Banding: Observatory Monitors Bird Populations

Banding birds is an important tool in tracking bird population and, in particular, determining why and how a particular species may be in decline. The Klamath Bird Observatory catches and bands between 50 and 60 distinct bird species during each monitoring season. Many of these are repeat catches, suggesting which areas are successful breeding grounds. John Alexander, KBO’s Executive Director, discussed the banding process and the importance of banding for an article in Klamath Fall’s Herald and News. Birds are a good indicator of habitat conditions, he says. The full article can be read on the Herald and News website, here.