We have produced a series of community handouts–brief and informative guides and tip sheets for a variety of bird and habitat conservation issues. Some focus on our Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion and others are general topics for our wider community.
A Checklist of Bird Species Detected along the Bear Creek Riparian Corridor, Ashland, Oregon
This species list was generated using the Avian Knowledge Network Phenology Tool. The tool generates a graph that provides our best understanding of when birds are most likely to be present in a selected area. The graphs presented in this checklist represent birds within the Bear Creek corridor from Clay Creek to Ashland Ponds in Ashland.
Reducing Bird Collisions with Windows provides information about how to reduce bird collisions with windows. In the US alone, millions of birds die each year from colliding with windows. The guide includes several suggestions for simple solutions we all can do to help turn this problem around.
If you find a dead bird with a metal band, color-bands, or any other marker or device attached, please report your finding at the Bird Banding Laboratory website.
You will be asked to report the band number and where and when you found the bird. The information will shared with the original bander and you will be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for your contribution to avian science that includes the bird’s original banding location, date, and it’s age at that time.
Klamath Bird Observatory does not rehabilitate wildlife. If you do encounter an injured or apparently abandoned bird it is best to leave it alone, unless it is in immediate danger.
Remember, young birds recently fledged from the nest are often unable to fly, however they are likely still being cared for by their parents. Do not touch or remove them, the parents are likely nearby.
CLICK HERE for information about reducing bird collisions with windows.
If the bird is more seriously injured, contact your local wildlife rehabber.
CLICK HERE for a list of Oregon rehabbers.
CLICK HERE for a list of California rehabbers.
Cats and Wildlife—A Conservation Concern offers information about this problem and a how-to list for what can be done to help. Domestic and feral cats are a non-native predator that have an enormous negative impact on bird and other wildlife populations. Cats kill millions of birds each day in the US, amounting to over a billion each year—one of the greatest bird conservation challenges we face.
CLICK HERE to download KBO’s Cats and Wildlife handout.
CLICK HERE to viisit the American Bird Conservancy’s Cats Indoors website.
Selective Bird Feeding—How to Safely Feed Birds offers several tips for safe and responsible bird feeding. Hanging bird feeders is a great way to get to know your avian neighbors, brush up on your birding skills, and help birds. However, it is important to make sure that you use the right type of feeder in the right location so you do not harm birds, bring about changes in species composition, or attract non-native species.
CLICK HERE to download KBO’s Selective Bird Feeding handout.
Birdify Your Yard! Landscaping for Birds and Native Plants for Birds in the Klamath-Siskiyou offers several home landscaping suggestions for attracting birds and includes a list of bird-friendly native plants for the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion. People change landscapes and habitats quite a bit, but creating a bird-friendly habitat in yards featuring native plants is a great way to help.
CLICK HERE to download KBO’s Birdify Your Yard handout.
Creating Safe Nest Boxes—Fundamentals of a Good Birdhouse contains tips for safe birdhouse construction, placement, and maintenance.
Unsurprisingly, different birds have different nesting needs and it’s important to provide safe nest boxes appropriate for the birds you want to attract. Specifications for common box-nesting species and a list of additional resources are included.
CLICK HERE to download KBO’s Creating Safe Nest Boxes handout.
Shared Birds of Ashland and Guanajuato: Conserving Our Natural and Cultural Heritage celebrates the migratory birds that occur in both Ashland and sister city Guanajuato, Mexico. By embracing opportunities to conserve the habitats of our shared birds, together we can protect the health of the ecosystems that surround and sustain them and us.
CLICK HERE to download KBO’s Shared Birds of Ashland and Guanajuato guide.
CLICK HERE to listen to KBO staff discuss the shared birds of Ashland and Guanajuato on Jefferson Public Radio.