Join KBO for an evening of photography. Kirk Gooding takes us on a journey to see beauty and richness from a new perspective. The photography selected for viewing focuses on nature and birds. After a brief introduction, we ask you to sit back and connect to the sights and sounds created in this presentation. We will then look at each photo individually and discuss the bird or the landscape as a way of learning about places in Oregon, local birds, and what you might expect to find—the perfect way to prepare you for spring migration.
Contemplative photography combined with nature photography can be deeply soul-soothing, educational, and plays an important part in conservation. It details the appearance or behavior of birds and has resulted in the protection of landscapes and species. The inspiration for this presentation was William Finley. Finley was a conservation photographer that prompted Roosevelt to set aside land as refuges for birds. His photos of the mass slaughter of herons and egrets led to the creation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
This presentation on March 28th, at 6 pm, celebrates the power of photography and our love for birds. Kirk Gooding selected some of his favorite nature photos and created this series set to music. After a brief introduction, we ask you to sit back and connect to the sights and sounds created in this presentation. After the slide show, we will look at each photo one by one and discuss the bird or the landscape as a way of learning about places in Oregon, local birds, and what you might expect to find—the perfect way to prepare you for spring migration.
The presentation will be hosted in person at the Klamath Bird Observatory office in Ashland, OR, and via Zoom. There is a limit of 20 attendees in person.
Klamath Bird Observatory (KBO) follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and as such, KBO events are offered with COVID-19 safety as a primary concern. Proof of “up-to-date” vaccination will be required for all in-person participants. All individuals attending an in-person event must also fill out KBO’s COVID Release Form and Waiver of Liability upon registration. Paper copies may also be available at an event upon advanced request. Please do not attend the event if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
About the Photographer and Presenter
Kirk Gooding is an amateur photographer who enjoys being open to the forms and patterns of nature. He especially enjoys his forays with his wife, Shannon Rio, out into the wide, open spaces of their favorite haunts, The Shasta Valley and the Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge: sitting there, watching and listening. Not too long ago, while Shannon was volunteering at Badger Run Wildlife Rehab Center they drove weekly for a year to the Refuge after returning home by way of Shasta Valley. Most of the photos in the short montage entitled, Contemplative Photography, were taken during those trips.
Shannon Rio is the board president of the Klamath Bird Observatory because of its work to preserve birds and wild places in nature. She is a wildlife educator with a goal to connect people (and herself) with nature so that they will want to protect what they love. She teaches classes in various settings and also teaches yoga, works as a nurse practitioner, is devoted to family and friends and community, and loves learning anything about the natural world through hiking and birding and sitting quietly observing the wonder of it all.
Nature photography can be deeply soul-soothing and meditative. It can be educational as it gives details about the appearance or behavior of a bird, and it can result in the protection of birds and landscapes. William Finley was a conservation photographer who presented to Teddy Roosevelt photos showing the mass slaughter of herons and egrets, prompting Roosevelt to set aside land as refuges for birds.
This presentation celebrates the power of photography. Kirk Gooding selected his favorite nature photos and created this inspirational series set to music. After a brief introduction, we ask you to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds created in this stunning presentation.
This holiday event will be held in a home in Ashland. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. Suggested $100 Donation.
This holiday season, shop local and support conservation. Check out our Gear Shop and find the perfect gift this holiday season. You will find amazing stocking stuffers like the Conservation Science Stamp Set, t-shirts, hats, or beautiful art from Erin Linton. Local pickup is available, and the cost of shipping is calculated separately. You can also purchase in person at the Northwest Nature Shop on December 2nd, 5:30 – 7:30 PM for First Friday.
For the little one in your life, you can shop at Ashland-based Sunday Afternoon for bird-themed trucker hats. A portion of the purchase goes to KBO. You can find all the varieties HERE.
Northwest Nature Shop Festive First Friday
December 2nd, 5:30 – 8 PM
Join KBO at the Northwest Nature Shop for the First Friday in December. KBO will have an information and merch table. Santa Claus will be visiting us. Sultan’s Delight will offer fresh, delicious falafels, lamb and beef gyros, kabobs and salads for sale, live music, outdoor fire pits, and complimentary hot mulled wine to keep warm and unique homemade goodies for holiday treats. Experience the magic of the holiday season in Ashland during the First Friday celebration. Inside the Northwest Nature Shop, 6-8 pm, meet Michael Kauffmann, author of Klamath Mountains: A Natural History, and Richard Crossley, author of birding guides Crossley’s ID Guide Western Birds.
Sit with us by the fire and enjoy some mulled wine. See you there!
Cocktails for a Cause At Lune Cafe
December 20th, 5 – 8:30 pm
Luna Cafe is hosting Klamath Bird Observatory for Cocktails for a Cause on December 20th. Every month Luna Cafe picks a local non-profit for their Cocktails for a Cause event. It is their way to gather our community to spread awareness about causes we care about over craft cocktails. Join KBO in December for a 50/50 raffle and drinks. Luna Cafe even makes lemonade from scratch for our non-alcoholic supporters. They donate $2 from every specialty cocktail and $1 from every specialty lemonade.