KBO has been collaborating with a diverse group of partners through the Central Umpqua Mid-Klamath Oak Habitat Conservation Project, a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) funded Cooperative Conservation Partnership
Initiative, in order to better understand bird-habitat relationships and the response of birds to restoration in oak woodlands.
We are working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Lomakatsi Restoration Project to implement and monitor oak restoration on private lands in Douglas and Jackson Counties in Oregon, as well as in Siskiyou County, California. Around 2,000 acres have been restored and we completed pre-restoration monitoring in 2012. The US Department of the Interior honored this collaborative project with the Partners in Conservation Award.
KBO contributed to a new publication on birds and oaks as part of our role in the American Bird Conservancy’s Quercus and Aves project. Click on the highlighted text to access the well-received Land Manager’s Guide to Bird Habitat and Populations in Oak Ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest, and its Appendix of Oak Bird Species Accounts. We also coordinated a private landowner field day during which landowners spent the morning outside with restoration practitioners, agency managers, and wildlife biologists, discussing oak restoration in the Rogue Basin, opportunities for private lands restoration, and the benefits of restoration to birds and other wildlife. Also, KBO continues to work with Oregon State University in support on Kate Halstead, a Master’s student who is using data collected from this project for her thesis.