Klamath Bird Observatory and ScienceWorks Museum gladly present “Stories from the Field.” In this live virtual talk, a panel of avian scientists will share fun and exciting tales from their adventures working in the field, followed by Q&A from the audience. ScienceWorks Museum Program Manager Leah Ruby will be our host. Bring your questions and curiosity and be ready for the unexpected! This event is FREE!
Kate Halstead is a KBO Research Biologist and sits on the board of the Rogue Valley Audubon Society. She has been working as a field biologist since 2007 when she chased Northern Goshawks in Montana with the US Forest Service. Since then, her field adventures have taken her throughout the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Florida, and Costa Rica, during which time she has developed a colorful background in avian studies, research, restoration, and more. Kate has worked with KBO on and off since 2008, including during her Master’s thesis work at Oregon State University.
Stewart Janes is an Oregon native who returned home from UCLA after earning his Ph.D. studying raptor ecology. When he began teaching, he also started going out well before first light to eavesdrop on warblers, recording their songs and behavior and attempting to decode their communication systems. (He says that if he had known how complex the decoding would be, he would have probably chosen to study Mallards or Rock Pigeons, or some other bird that doesn’t wake up quite so early!) Stewart has also conducted projects on bird ecology and song in Australia and New Zealand. He is a biology professor, emeritus, at Southern Oregon University.
Stephanie Loredo is a Field Technician at KBO and is leading our point count surveys at various field sites this season. She worked with KBO as a banding intern in 2014 and is excited to be back with us working with her point count crew, banding birds, and helping track Lewis’s Woodpeckers. Stephanie earned an M.S. in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University where she focused on seabird studies and conservation. She currently stays connected to seabird conservation by maintaining a seat in the executive council for the Pacific Seabird Group. She has experience studying Common Murres, ravens, cormorants, and sage grouses.
Claire Stuyck is a Research Biologist who joined KBO this year to manage our long-term bird banding program. She earned an M.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from Clemson University where her work focused on Barn Swallows. From searching for breeding Stellar’s Eiders in Utquiagvik, Alaska to urban adapted Barred Owls in upstate South Carolina, her work has taken her all over the U.S. One of Claire’s highlights from last year was finding and documenting the very first and northernmost nest of a (Timberline) Brewer’s Sparrow in Alaska!