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You Can Make a Difference! – KBO Annual Appeal

Click here to donate to Klamath Bird Observatory’s Annual Appeal

Each time I step outside into nature, especially wild places, I am grateful. Golden-crowned and White-crowned sparrows herald the season with their fall arrival. As I wander through higher-elevation pine forests or the oak woodland around the valley, I am filled with awe and deep appreciation for the miracle of trees. Western Screech-Owls sing a nighttime sound. The day brings bird calls and young birds singing some fragment of the song that they will belt out when next spring arrives. Being outside is a gift, one that I want to preserve, cherish, protect, and pass on in its fullness to the next generation. I look to ways to give back to nature.

My association with the Klamath Bird Observatory has spanned many years. During that time, my awareness and appreciation for the part that science plays in protecting birds and wild places has deepened. By visiting the banding station where information related to migratory birds is gathered, I have understood the hard work of data collection. I have learned that it directly results in protection of birds and migratory pathways. When I meet the scientists and interns who come to Klamath Bird Observatory to do this meaningful work, the essence of conservation becomes REAL to me.

Members of the board of KBO give our time, energy, and money because we want to give back for all that we get from this organization. Though each board member has made significant contributions to KBO this year, each one of us plans during our annual appeal to do it again. Join us in giving, in cherishing the land and enjoying the birds. The next time you walk in the woods, feel good that you are a member of our conservation family and that YOU make a difference.

Shannon Rio
President, Board of Directors

Click here to donate to Klamath Bird Observatory’s Annual Appeal

Our work depends on you!

Click here to donate today to the Klamath Bird Observatory’s Annual Appeal 

The fall has arrived and with it the southbound migration of many of our beautiful birds.  As they journey to their wintering grounds we transition our attention from field to office; this is the time of year for review.  As we reflect on the passage of our birds and interns, we look to their future as well.  Our seasonal employees and interns scatter to new projects, new prospects, and vast distances to further the advancement, not only of themselves, but of the future of our natural world.  With this parting the natural world around us becomes quieter; the birdsong of the spring and summer beginning a decrescendo.  This modulation brings responsibility.  A duty to safeguard the return of our birds, to ensure the robustness of our programs, to protect and scrutinize our data, and to deliver our science to ensure the decisions being made are informed and sustainable.

We continue to develop and enrich our research with programs in long-term monitoring and applied ecology in the ruggedly beautiful Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion and beyond.  Though many of the birds we study summer and breed in our region, they winter in Mexico and Central America.  We need to ensure these birds are not only protected here, but on their wintering grounds as well.  To protect their full life-cycle we continue to invest in international interns each year.  These interns, and the network of international migratory caretakers they create, are part of our legacy.  Our relationship with these caretakers is further nurtured as we maintain our crucial partnerships abroad.

When you contribute to KBO, you also become a caretaker.  Your private dollars contribute to the science and outreach programs which support our migratory birds both here and abroad.

You, our loyal members and donors, play a vital part in this change of seasons too; a role in the responsibility as stewards of our natural world.  We look to you to contribute at this significant time of transition as the year winds to an end.  For with this ending comes a bright beginning as we prepare for the year to come.  In the coming year our programs, our science and our organization need your generosity.  Your donation is crucial in helping the Klamath Bird Observatory advance bird and habitat conservation.  We hope you will answer this call as we ask you to build on your role this year as caretakers of our shared birds; we are eternally thankful for it..

Click here to donate today to the Klamath Bird Observatory’s Annual Appeal 


With much gratitude,

Marcella Rose Sciotto                                                                 Shannon Rio

Assistant Director                                                                       Board President