The Avian Internship Memorial Fund (AIM Fund) was started by the friends and family, of longtime KBO partner Patricia Buettner (Patty). Focusing on KBO’s dedicated interns from many cultures, the AIM Fund helps support KBO’s highly successful, long-running internship programs by providing a $10,000 yearly match of donations.
Over the past 20 years, Klamath Bird Observatory has hosted more than 200 student volunteer interns. Our objective with every intern is to create a safe and fun learning experience to positively influence their professional and academic careers.
Focusing on KBO’s dedicated interns from many cultures, the Aim Fund helps support KBO’s highly successful, long-running internship programs which have offered a positive learning experience for students, as well as inspiring global avian partnerships. KBO’s “AIM” under this fund is to continue to recruit and support KBO interns who so passionately contribute to the international bird conservation community in advancing bird and habitat conservation worldwide.
By donating to the AIM Fund you are helping KBO to continue educating young scientists interested in avian conservation. These funds help cover housing, supplies, travel costs, stipends, and other internship needs.
Patty Buettner’s Family and friends have established this annual fund in her honor. During her life, Patty was personally and professionally committed to wildlife conservation and made significant contributions to the field. Among them was her formative influence on the creation of the Klamath Bird Observatory. Patty was responsible for the 1st federal grant, offered by the Bureau of Land Management, that KBO received to enable the creation of our Upper Klamath Field Station, and in doing so, encouraging the US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation to become regular supporters of KBO’s research, monitoring, conservation, and education programs in the Klamath Basin. Through her vision, Patty seeded what has now grown into decades of partnerships with federal agencies, NGOs, businesses, community members, and political representatives in the Klamath Basin.