Klamath Bird Observatory’s collaborative conservation planning approach is fueled with results from partner-driven science programs. These science programs use birds as indicators of the healthy and resilient ecosystems on which we all depend. The science involves three coordinated aspects:
- Long-term monitoring that provides information about broad-scaled changes in the condition of our world;
- More in-depth theoretical research about how natural and human influences affect our land, air, and water; and
- Applied ecology projects that directly address priority natural resource management challenges.
We bring results from our integrated science program to bear through an education and science delivery approach involving partner-driven engagement in conservation planning. With science, we are informing critical decisions being made today that will have lasting influences into the future.
Klamath Bird Observatory Science-based Conservation:
Local, Regional, and International
Klamath Bird Observatory’s award-winning conservation model is applied at local, regional, and international scales.
- We developed our model locally in the ruggedly beautiful and wildlife-rich Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of northern California and southern Oregon where we maintain intensive science and conservation planning efforts.
- We now provide scientific resources and decision support across the Pacific Northwest region through the Avian Knowledge Northwest node of the Avian Knowledge Network.
- Our intensive professional education and international capacity building programs expand our influence into Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean where we actively support partners who are applying our model through a network of locally driven programs aimed at protecting birds throughout their breeding, migration, and wintering ranges.
Klamath Bird Observatory Conservation Model Applied:
Restoration for Oak Woodland Birds and Their Habitats
Our work to advance oak woodland conservation provides a classic example of this model in action. Our science provides:
- A clear sign that oak woodland bird populations are in decline;
- Information about their habitat needs and the possible influence of climate change on their health and distribution; and
- Results that tell us what kind of management actions benefit these species.
Armed with this information we identify conservation priorities and projects to benefit oak related species in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Central America. We offer specific guidance for broad-scaled restoration of oak habitats in the Pacific Northwest. In northern California and southern Oregon we are partnering to design, fund, and evaluate specific restoration projects on public and private lands, ensuring on-the-ground benefits to birds. Our leadership in the Klamath-Siskiyou Oak Network (KSON) cultivates partnerships that have resulted in over $6 million for on-the-ground restoration that is driven by our conservation planning approach. KSON oak conservation programs have been highlighted in the last two national State of the Birds reports and received the U.S. Department of Interior Partners in Conservation Award.