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Mark your Calendars with our Spring FUNdraisers!


Klamath Bird Observatory (KBO) FUNdraising events are organized and hosted by the KBO board. They have been working hard on this amazing spring lineup. There is something for everyone! Registration for events will open a month before the event. Some have limited spots, so make sure you are get notified by signing up for the KBO’s Klamath Call Note.

Garden Party

Join us for an afternoon outdoor KBO fundraiser of live music, an art exhibit, food, Grizzly Peak wines, and other beverages, Saturday, April 30 from 1-4 PM at Grizzly Peak Winery in Ashland. Music is provided by both a local string quartet and a popular guitar duo. Cost $75 per person.

Registration is Open!


Welcome to Shasta Valley with Shannon Rio

Join board member Shannon Rio as she takes you to the majestic Shasta Valley. You will explore the magical ecosystem there and find birds that you may not see here in the Rogue Valley. There are two parts to this FUNdraiser. On May 19th, 6:30 pm – 8 pm there will be a presentation by Shannon about the Shasta Valley, the birds that call it home, and where to see them at the Klamath Bird Observatory office. Part two is the field trip to Shasta Valley on May 22nd, 7: 30 am – 4:30 pm. The cost is $200 per car with three car spots available. The presentation will be a hybrid model, the in-person portion will be at the KBO office. Registration will open on April 28th.

Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher

Join author Marina Richie for stories and excerpts from her new book, Halcyon Journey, In Search of the Belted Kingfisher—illustrated by Newport artist Ram Papish and published by Oregon State University Press. Richie’s narrative weaves natural history, myth, and memoir to illuminate the jay-sized bird of cocky crest, headfirst dive, and rattling cry. Ultimately, she reveals an inviting pathway for all seeking kinship with nature nearby. Note–this is the very first book to feature North America’s beloved Belted Kingfisher.

Marina Richie is a nature writer living in Bend, Oregon, She wrote two children’s books under a prior name: Bird Feats of Montana and Bug Feats of Montana. Her writing appears in many publications including Birdwatching magazine, on National Wildlife Federation and National Audubon websites, and on award-winning panels for the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuges. Marina also serves on the board of the Greater Hells Canyon Council. Please visit her website featuring her bi-monthly nature blogs.

This free webinar is on June 16th, 6 pm – 7 pm. Registration will open on May 19th.

Beginner Bird Walk

Join KBO board member Amanda Alford for a special Talk-and-Walk geared to beginning birders, or anyone wanting to get back to basics. The Talk will include all of Amanda’s best tips for:

  • Finding birds
  • Understanding and using binoculars
  • Identifying species by size, shape, suit, scene, and sound
  • Utilizing smartphone applications and online resources
  • And more!

The Talk will conclude with an in-depth look at just some of the species we are likely to see during our Walk on the Lower Table Rock trail. Come level up your birding skills and gain the confidence you need to have even more fun watching birds!

Talk: Thursday, June 9th, 7 pm at the KBO office at 2425 Siskiyou Blvd in Ashland, with the option of watching via Zoom if you prefer

Walk: Saturday, June 11th, meet at the Table Rock trailhead at 9 am.

Requested donation: $25. Registration will open on May 12th.

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. 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.

WHEN:  Friday, June 17th, 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (inclusive of drive time to and from Ashland).

WHERE:  Upper Klamath Lake

TRIP LEADERS:  Lisa Michelbrink and Shannon Rio, KBO Board Members

COST: Space is limited to 5 cars of 4 people each. The cost is $500/car.

Birding By Ear

Birding by ear can be an essential tool to help you identify birds. Increase your birding by ear skills will KBO Executive Director John Alexander. This will be a hybrid event with limited in-person tickets hosted at KBO’s headquarters in Ashland, OR. There will be unlimited tickets for purchase for attendance over Zoom. Birders of all levels are encouraged to sign up. Date TBA.



KBO relies on private donations to further our mission of advancing bird and habitat conservation through science, education, and partnerships. By attending KBO FUNdraising events, you help support KBO’s efforts. So, if you love birds, believe in birds as indicators of environmental wellbeing, and want to support KBO’s science-driven bird conservation mission, please register for this FUNdraising event today! We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our Spring Series FUNdraising Events.

Klamath Bird Observatory follows CDC guidelines. KBO events are being offered with COVID-19 safety as KBO’s primary concern. Proof of vaccination will be required for all in-person participants. All individuals attending an event must also fill out the Waiver of Liability form that will be emailed to you once you register for the event. Paper copies will be available at the event. Please do not attend the event if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Masks are not required but wear based on comfortability.

Garden Party Artists

The Garden Party at Grizzly Peak Winery is host to 4 astounding artists, Tish Mcfadden, Beth Martin, Judy Bjorlie, and Paula Fong. During the event, you will have time to browse and purchase their art. As well as drink delicious wine, enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, and listen to lovely melodies.  The Garden Party is on Saturday, April 30th, 1 pm – 4 pm tickets are $75 per person and are available here. The bios of attending artists are below.

Tish Mcfadden

Tish McFadden is a published author, songwriter, music teacher, and former archaeologist for the US Forest Service. Tish’s writing has been featured on radio, book tours, and trade shows. Tish writes professionally in multiple genres including children’s books, autobiographical essays, and guidebooks. She has also served as editor on numerous literary projects.

For the Garden Party, Tish will be selling and showcasing her book Song of the Redwing. Wild marshland habitats create a spectacular symphony for the senses. Here, between bog and sky, assorted creatures of water, land, and air live closely together in balance. Red-winged Blackbirds are amongst the most common and striking members of this animated community. Their primal call is heard across cattail marshes and duckweed swamps in early spring through late fall. Their distinctive wing patch of red and gold makes identifying this wild bird easy – even for young children. Song of the Redwing presents a birds-eye view of life in the marsh from one sunrise to the next. Laura Winslow’s watercolor illustrations portray a lively wetland, giving visual form to Tish McFadden’s rhythm and rhyme. Words and illustrations harmonize in Song of the Redwing, and together further its nature-based message – inviting readers of all ages into the wondrous habitat of a marsh. Backmatter offers fun facts about Redwing’s neighbors. Time spent in wild places offers young people a taste of unbounded spaciousness – ongoing to something far greater than themselves. Taking children into nature is like walking them onto the pages of this picture book. Every step, each page turn, delivers colorful surprises.

Watch the book trailer here.

Paula Fong

Flicker by Paula Fong

Paula R. Fong specializes in illustrating plants and animals in their natural habitat. Her unique blend of detailed artistry and scientific accuracy has won her praise from both artists and scientists alike. She received her B.S. in Biology from Denison University and her M.S. in Forest Ecology from the College of Forestry, Oregon State University. Her twelve years as a soil scientist and ecologist with the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service gives her a unique perspective of the art in nature. Paula’s primary medium is watercolor with pen and ink. She has illustrated numerous scientific publications, plant and wildlife posters, trail guides, and interpretative trail signs. She lives on a mountain top in rural Southern Oregon.

Visit her site to see more of her work.




Judy Bjorlie

The artwork Judy Bjorlie will be displayed by her sister. Judy passed away in 2018 but her stunning art lives on. She was also a cellist with the Rogue Valley Symphony and the Britt Festival Orchestra. Paintings by Judy Bjorlie show her recent work with color theory as taught by Stephen Quiller. Each painting was approached with a different mix of color choices and/or color theory including mixing those gorgeous grayed tones in between complimentary colors. Represented in this work are: Complimentary Relationships, Analogous Color, Color Families, Double Analogous Color Relationships, and Triad Color relationships.




Beth Martin

As a member of the Water Color Society of Oregon and a published illustrator, Beth Martin has shown in galleries, coffee shops, and businesses, has paintings hanging in homes in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Mazatlan, MX, and has sold many cards. One of her paintings was chosen to be used for the Gala Forty Year Anniversary Ball for the Harlem Dance Theatre of New York, and shown across the country on Fox News and other advertising venues. There are many ways to approach a painting: from life, plain air, photos, and imagination. She loves them all. Beth tends to use a limited palette, feeling that it is harmonizing, and blending colors both on the palette and on the paper. She feels that watercolor seems to have a mind of its own – and enjoys partnerships – “if the paint does something I don’t intend, I try to make something of it. Sometimes itʼs the best part of the painting! Discovery.”

You can read more about Beth Martin here.

Chickadee by Beth Boyd Martin
Turkeys by Beth Boyd Martin








Klamath Bird Observatory follows CDC guidelines. KBO events are being offered with COVID-19 safety as KBO’s primary concern. Proof of vaccination will be required for all in-person participants. All individuals attending an event must also fill out the Waiver of Liability form that will be emailed to you once you register for the event. Paper copies will be available at the event. Please do not attend the event if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Masks are not required but wear based on comfortability.