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Bird Bio: American Dipper

By Teresa “Bird” Wicks, KBO Education Intern American Dippers (Cinclus mexicanus), sometimes called Water Ouzels, are one of five species worldwide in the family CINCLIDAE, and the only cinclid found in North America. Dippers are the only truly aquatic species of songbird.  As such, they spend a majority of their lives in or near water. […]

Our Interns’ Success

Klamath Bird Observatory has enjoyed and benefited from the efforts of a long string of volunteer student interns since our very beginnings in 1996.  Over 170 individuals, representing 18 different countries, have participated as interns in various KBO projects. Very often, our interns are early in their careers, many just recently completing their undergraduate studies.  […]

Translating an Appreciation of Birds into Action on Private Lands

The stories that private landowners tell me often reflect a land ethic with diverse roots.  These stories draw from their experiences with family, or from time spent gardening, farming, or hunting, and they nearly always reveal an appreciation of the natural world.  Many first-time landowners develop a new awareness of their surroundings.  Owning land can […]

Violet-green Migration

By Harry Fuller, Klamath Bird Observatory Board President 25 August, 2013 Our only strictly western swallow in America is moving south, as it does each year. An early arrival each winter (many show up here in southern Oregon  in March with the Tree Swallows), the Violet-green is also an early departer. The Violet-green is closely […]

Rotary Grant Awarded for Sustainability Work in Mexico

The Rotary Foundation and Rotary District 5110 of Oregon and northern California have awarded a Humanitarian Grant of $12,000 to fund an international capacity building project to be implemented in partnership with San Pancho Bird Observatory in Mexico and Ashland-based Klamath Bird Observatory.  The Rotary Club of Ashland, collaborating with the Jaltemba Bay Rotary Club […]

Hummingbirds in the Local News

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KBO Executive Director John Alexander and Science Director Jaime Stephens were interviewed recently for a general interest article on hummingbirds. The article titled Hummingbirds: Unique Species in the Air appeared in the Siskiyou Daily News on 31 July, 2013. Click here to read the article to learn about hummingbirds in the region and best practices […]

Paddling for Bird Conservation

By Brandon Breen, KBO Science Communications and Outreach Recently, I went paddling for bird conservation on the Trinity River in northern California. I traveled here for ten days as a biologist for the Klamath Bird Observatory; my job was to conduct bird surveys by kayak along several stretches of the river, along with my field […]

Junco on the Move

22 July, 2013 By Brandon Breen, KBO Science Communications and Outreach An Oregon Junco originally banded in the Central Valley of California (on 19 January, 2008 by Point Blue Conservation Science, formerly PRBO) reappeared four and a half years later, on 10 October, 2012, at a Klamath Bird Observatory banding station located 20 miles east/northeast […]

Ovenbird Pays Surprise Visit

By Robert Frey, KBO Research Biologist 16 July, 2013 KBO biologists captured, banded, and released an Ovenbird today at our Upper Klamath Lake field station – a species rarely encountered in Oregon. It was determined to be an after-hatching year bird (hatched in 2012 or before), age and sex unknown. The Ovenbird is considered a […]

KBO Speaks to Jefferson Exchange about the State of the Birds on Private Lands

John Alexander and Jaime Stephens from Klamath Bird Observatory and Marko Bey from Lomakatsi Restoration Project spoke with the Jefferson Exchange radio program about the status and health of bird populations in the United States. Their conversation follows the release of the 2013 US State of the Birds Report on Private Lands, which draws attention […]


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