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National “State of the Birds” Report Assesses Health of Birds and Environment in the USA

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In the West, Forest Bird Populations Are Down, but Klamath Bird Observatory and Partners Offer Solutions The nation’s top bird science and conservation groups have come together to publish State of the Birds 2014—the most comprehensive examination of long-term trend data for US birds ever conducted. The authors call the results unsettling, an alarming declaration […]

A Sparrow with Two Possible Stories

By Brandon Breen, Klamath Bird Observatory Science Communications On the morning of June 14th, 2014, Linda and Peter Kreisman noticed a Song Sparrow with a small metal band on its right leg. The bird was seen at Ashland Pond, a small water body on the northern edge of town and adjacent to Bear Creek, a […]

John Alexander Profiled in Sneak Preview

The August 2014 issue of Ashland’s Sneak Preview publication featured KBO Executive Director John Alexander in its popular Profile section. Read what John had to say about the person he admires the most, his proudest achievement, his hobbies and musical tastes, and much more by clicking here. Click here to view the full August 2014 […]

Uncovering the Secrets of Chat Migration – Part I

On a cool, clear summer morning a few weeks ago in northern California, several members of the KBO team and I crouched behind a screen of willows next to our mist-net, swatting at the abundant mosquitoes and listening to the birds singing all around us. We were a bit nervous, as our research quarry was […]

Bird Bio: Black-backed Woodpecker

The Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) is wide-ranging but uncommon in the northern coniferous forest of the US and Canada, with a long finger of its distribution extending southward into the high elevation conifer forests of Washington, Oregon, and California. This species is rare on the landscape, making it challenging for scientists to fully understand its […]

Banding Outreach in the Fremont-Winema National Forest

Klamath Bird Observatory hosted an outreach event for professional partners on June 9th at our Upper Klamath Field Station’s Sevenmile Long-term Bird Monitoring and Banding Station in the Fremont-Winema National Forest. This picturesque research facility, a historic Forest Service Guard Station, is located on the northern outskirts of the Klamath Basin, nestled in a small […]

Support KBO through Amazon Smile and eScrip

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There are now two new – and simple! – ways to support Klamath Bird Observatory while you shop. The first is’s charitable giving program called Amazon Smile. In this program, Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. To participate in this program and donate to Klamath Bird Observatory […]

Mountain Bird Festival Receives Mindful Birding Award

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Klamath Bird Observatory receives the world’s first Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote a Mindful Birding ethic, and the role of birdwatchers as significant conservation actors, through its inaugural Mountain Bird Festival that will be held in Ashland, Oregon from May 30th through June 1st, 2014.  The Mountain Bird Festival combines a celebration […]

KBO Internship Program Selected by Obama Administration, Puts Young People to Work on Public Lands

As part of the Obama Administration’s ambitious youth initiative to inspire millions of young adults to play, learn, serve, and work in the great outdoors and the President’s 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Initiative, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced $6.7 million in grants to support conservation employment and mentoring opportunities at 43 […]

Celebrating Birds in the Rogue Valley

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Klamath Bird Observatory’s John Alexander and Brandon Breen were interviewed on Friday May 23rd in the Jefferson Public Radio studio for the Jefferson Exchange news and events program. John and Brandon discussed the history and role of the Klamath Bird Observatory and described the organization’s upcoming Mountain Bird Festival, which combines a celebration of mountain […]


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