Klamath Call Note

Ashford Leads Hawk Lecture

Klamath Bird Observatory’s board president and American Birding Association boardmember  Dick Ashford will present “Hawks, Masters of Flight” on Thursday, October 25 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon Nature Lectures. Ashford will discuss hawk behavior, habitat and adaptations as well as basic field marks for identification. This article appeared in […]

Scientists: Livestock Damage Cascade-Siskiyou Monument

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management was presented Monday with a statement that cattle-grazing should be permanently suspended in on the 52,947 acre monument. A team of scientists had come to this conclusion after examining the effect that grazing had on biodiversity and on the health of the soil. Among other problems, cattle promote the […]

Bird Bio: Gray Catbird

By: Melissa Molzahn, KBO Education Specialist The Gray Catbird, our featured bird for this issue, is in the Mimidae family. Like many in this family, it mimics calls of other birds. Their name is derived from one call they make that sounds like the mew of a cat. The Gray Catbird winters from the gulf states to Central America, although a small number […]

Nature Center Awarded $3,000 Grant

The North Mountain Park Nature Center recently received a $3,000 grant to fund a mist-netting and bird banding station. The nature center, which has partnered with the Klamath Bird Observatory, will use the information generated by this program to evaluate the effectiveness of habitat restoration in the area. Riparian habitats, or those that are situated […]

Bird Bio: Cassin’s Vireo

Bird Bio: Cassin’s Vireo By: Amanda Cornell, KBO Field Intern The Cassin’s Vireo (Vireo cassinii) is one of three vireo species that were once lumped together as the “Solitary Vireo.” It is a small, greenish-gray bird that can be distinguished from other vireos by its white eye rings and lores, which look like a pair of “spectacles” across the top of the beak. […]

Students Lend a Hand in Restoration

100 5th grade students worked hard through the cold and the rain at Willow-Witt Ranch on Grizzly Peak to help restore wetland meadows. The 440 acre property holds approximately 100 acres of wetland meadows. Due to past cattle grazing much of the wetland vegetation has disappeared but, with the help of these students 3,500 willow […]

Bird Bio: Purple Finch

Bird Bio: Purple Finch By: Emily Molter, KBO Wildlife Education Specialist The Purple Finch is a sexually dimorphic species with the adult males washed in a rosy color that looks like it has been dipped in raspberry sauce. By contrast, the adult females are quite different, exhibiting a brown, drab color with a white moustache stripe. Young Purple Finches of […]

Banding with the Klamath Bird Observatory

The Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion is known for its incredible amount of biodiversity, including birds. One of the ways Klamath Bird Observatory can help monitors bird populations in this region is through bird banding stations. KBO has grown into having banding stations in Northern California and Southern Oregon, by doing this they are able to gather unique […]

Bird Bio: Wrentit

Bird Bio: Wrentit By: Emily Molter, KBO Wildlife Education Specialist Many birders may hear the male Wrentit’s distinctive, loud song similar to a Ping-Pong ball bouncing on a table, but never see one. The Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata) is a secretive bird that prefers to remain hidden within dense brush and scrub, rarely crossing open areas. This year round resident in […]

Bird Bio: Lazuli Bunting, Passerina amoena

By: Cara Lovell, KBO Banding Intern The Lazuli Bunting is a banding crew favorite, and we often can’t help smiling when we capture these spectacular birds. The blue head and back, rusty breast, and white wing bars make the male stand out, while the drabber females can be an identification mystery until we find the delicate blue wash on the […]


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