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Birding Upper Klamath Lake Part 2

Our last outing to Upper Klamath Lake filled up so fast that Shannon decided to host a second one!
This will be a day of casual birding, easy walking with short distances, and exploring the beautiful Upper Klamath area. Our itinerary will start at the Rite Aid parking lot in Ashland at 7:30 am. Our first stop will be Rocky Point on Klamath Lake to check out water birds and then we will walk the road to see and hear forest birds. From there we will drive to Kimball State Park to view the turquoise headwaters of the Wood River eat lunch and do more birding. The next stop is the Wood River day-use area where we will be walking its short trails. Possible sightings are red-breasted nuthatch, white-headed woodpecker, bald eagle, song sparrow, great blue heron, and possibly a fall migrant. Bring bino’s, cameras, lunch, clothes for layering (higher elevation will be cooler temps), and drink. Date: October 22nd, leaving Ashland at 7:30 am. Registration required.

Vesper Sparrow Video Premiere

Join Klamath Bird Observatory and Vesper Meadow Education Program for the premiere of the short film “From the Field – A Study of the Oregon Vesper Sparrow” by Dan Thiede. We will hear from Program Director Jeanine Moy about the restoration work and connection to the community being done at Vesper Meadow. Then Dr. Sarah Rockwell will give a brief talk about the research KBO is conducting on the Oregon Vesper Sparrow, followed by a short walk in Vesper Meadow to a Motus node. The afternoon will conclude with a showing of the film, with time afterward for discussion and questions. Come learn about this little brown bird and experience one of the beautiful places it calls home! Registration is required.

Explore the Joys of Birding

We are in the midst of fall migration and it is a great time to start birding. Join board member Amanda Alford for a Beginner Birder Talk and Walk where she will introduce you to birding basics. Birding benefits your mood, your psychological well-being, your mental health, and your cognitive functioning. Learn how to begin your birding journey or how to get back to your basics. The talk is a hybrid with the in-person happening at the Klamath Bird Observatory office. The walk will be at Bear Creek Park. Share with your friends or bring a friend! Register Today!

Bullock’s Rose Oriole Volunteer Award 2021

Our board of directors volunteer their time and experience to help us care for the Klamath Bird Observatory. In that light, Lisa Michelbrink has shown exemplary leadership over the last few years. Always rolling up her sleeves and taking on whatever job needs to be done. These jobs include large scale fundraising events, leading the transition of our fundraising through the pandemic, and actively engaging with the bird banding program. For this, we are excited to award Lisa the 2021 Bullock’s Rose Oriole Award.

Bird Banding with Klamath Bird Observatory Scientists: Science in Action!

Come join a KBO biologist and the KBO interns for a bird banding experience out in the field. It has been said that bird banding is at once both a delicate art and precise science. It is a method of bird monitoring to track bird populations and demographic trends (characteristics of the population) over time. This is an amazing opportunity to meet some of our scientists in a small group setting, learn about bird banding and see some of Oregon’s birds up close. You will observe live-action science being done in the morning (mist-netting and data collection) with a light brunch (provided). Afterward, we will bird the scenic Wood River until early afternoon.

Klamath Bird Observatory Events and Updates

This time of year KBO has a calendar full of events. These events include Banding with KBO Scientists, Halcyon Journey presentation, and Beginner Birder talk and walk. KBO is in the running with other local nonprofits for the Ashland Food Co-op Change for Good Program. Only the top 11 nonprofits get the opportunity to participate. We need you to vote for KBO. Voting starts on May 24th. Check out the post to learn more about these fun and educational events, and how to vote for KBO!

Explore Shasta Valley with Shannon Rio

Take a ride with Shannon Rio as she takes through the majestic Shasta Valley. You will explore this wondrous land where wildlife and agriculture mix. The valley has wetlands, juniper forests, riparian forests, and crop lands all with the backdrop of Mount Shasta. Providing you with the opportunity to see a diversity of birds and other wildlife. Shannon enjoys taking the roads less traveled giving you an experience you won’t find anywhere else. There are two parts to this adventure a presentation on Thursday, May 19th at 6:30 pm and a field trip on Sunday, May 22nd. Sign up for one or both today!

Your Adventure Awaits!

Klamath Bird Observatory has several exciting events happening right around the corner. This coming Saturday KBO will be at North Mountain park for Rogue Valley Bird Day. This is a free family-friendly event with activities for everyone. Come say hello to KBO staff and our new interns that will be staffing the bird banding station. Don’t forget to reserve your spot for the Welcome to Shasta Valley Trip let by board member Shannon Rio. There is a presentation on May 19th and the field trip is on May 22nd. Now open for registration Beginner Bird Talk and Walk at Lower Table Rock with KBO board member Amanda Alford. The presentation is on June 9th and the field trip will be on June 11th. Both have the option to register for the presentation separately. Check out the post to register for these wonderful events.


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