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Making Room for Our Fair Feathered Friends

Every year in July people gather in the forest along the Long Tom River to celebrate the Oregon Country Fair. Today throughout the Northwest only five percent of the original riparian forest remains, making this an important site. Many migrating and resident birds use this forest as their breeding grounds and are still actively nesting […]

Bird Bio: Rufous Hummingbird

Lauren Kemple, Education Specialist (AmeriCorps) First you hear the high-pitched hum of his two inch wings, flapping 52 to 62 times per second. Then he zips past, a streak of bronze and green, tzzew zupity tzupity tzuping at another bird in aggressive defense of his territory. During the breeding season, this male Rufous Hummingbird will […]

Monitoring the Night Sky

Monitoring the Night Sky Though many of us wake up early with the sun to catch the first glimpse of migratory birds moving through the area, a lot of those birds were even more active a few hours prior. Klamath Bird Observatory and U.S Forest Service’s Redwood Sciences Laboratory are taking an exciting new approach […]

Bird Bio: Tree Swallow

By Anne Seiler, Banding Intern The Tree Swallow is commonly encountered in natural open areas near trees and water throughout much of NorthAmerica during the summer months. They are recognizable from afar by their dark upper parts and white belly, sloped triangular wings, and distinctive swooping flight. A closer look at these aerial insectivores reveals brilliant iridescent purple and teal […]

Bird Bio: Vaux’s Swift

Bird Bio: Vaux’s Swift By Melissa Molzahn, KBO Education Specialist (AmeriCorps) The Vaux’s Swift is often seen flying swiftly overhead, in one direction, then another, at top speed. This small and agile bird rarely perches unless it is nesting or roosting. It can be observed busily hawking all sorts of tiny insects, especially when feeding young. Generally a summer […]

Bird Bio: The Yellow Warbler

Melissa Molzahn, KBO Education Specialist The Yellow Warbler, in comparison to other North American wood-warblers, is brilliant yellow. It is often heard singing a beautiful spring song tucked away among willows. Yellow Warblers breed from Alaska and Canada, south to Baja California, and east throughout central Oklahoma, Arkansas, Georgia, and North Carolina. The winter months are spent from southern California […]

Bird Bio: Spotted Towhee

Bird Bio: Spotted Towhee By: Jonathan Berti, KBO Banding Intern Many of the bird species that grace this area during the summer months and fall migration have disappeared. To the birding enthusiast, the winter slump in bird diversity may bring dismay. However, it does allow us to appreciate species that choose to rough it through the winter here in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion. The […]

Forest Education Connects Community with Nature in the Klamath Basin

The Klamath Wingwatchers, Inc. received a Title III grant to help promote education to local residents and out-of-town birders about the extensive Klamath Basin Birding Trail. This trail is a 300 mile self-guided auto tour which leads people to many birding hotspots throughout the Klamath basin. With the help of The Klamath Bird Observatory and […]

Bird Bio: Cedar Waxwing

Bird Bio: Cedar Waxwing By: Emily Molter, KBO Wildlife Education Specialist The Cedar Waxwing is one of only three species worldwide in the Bombycillidae family. Their breeding range extends from British Columbia across Canada, southward to northern California, northern Arkansas, and northern Georgia. Their winter range extends to southern Canada southward through United States and Mexico into Central America. Many birds […]

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 […]