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Fall FUNdraising and Outreach Events

 The Klamath Bird Observatory board members are excited to introduce our fall outreach and FUNdraising events.

Let’s Talk Bird Series

Shannon Rio, KBO Board President

Join Shannon Rio for three weeks of classes, chatting about our local birds and ending with a field trip. Powerpoint presentations will include, for example, a deep dive into a specific group of birds like woodpeckers and learning fun bird factoids. We will explore the use of a variety of bird guides and info books. This class is collaborative and interactive and meant to be fun. We will meet at noon for 1 1/2 hours, so bring a sack lunch along with your curiosity. Please bring your favorite guidebook for referencing the species we are learning about and sharing with the group. The class will be capped off with an all-day outing to use what you have learned.

Dates: September 11th, 18th, 25th, and field trip on Sep 30th or Oct 1st.

Location: KBO Office in Ashland

Fee: $100 suggested donation

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. Upon registration, all individuals attending an in-person event must also fill out KBO’s COVID Release Form and Waiver of Liability. 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.

Register Here

Save The Dates

Registration for these events will open approximately one month before the event day. Mark your calendars now, and keep an eye out for the emails.

Great Grey Owl Talk with Harry Fuller – September 22nd, 6 pm, at the KBO Office – Free, signed Great Grey Owl books available for purchase

Walk Into Ashland Past with Jeff LaLande – October 7th & 14th at 11:30 am. The walk starts at the Ashland Library – $75 per person

Field Trip to Scott Valley with Dick Ashford – October 21st – $40 per person

Field Trip to the Klamath Basin with Dick Ashford – November 4th – $40 per person

Klamath Basin Raptor ID Class and Field Trip with Dick Ashford – December 7th and 9th – $75 per person


Upcoming Birding Trips

Join Klamath Bird Observatory for birding this summer. We have a variety of trips available, and all bird likers welcome. 

Spring Birding at Rocky Point and Fort Klamath Wood River Day Use Area with Shannon

June 3rd, 7:30 am – 5 pm

This walking and birding outing will take us to Upper Klamath Lake for spring migrants and water birds. After exploring that area, we will visit Fort Klamath to picnic and bird and walk the Wood River Day Use Area. Expect to see White Pelicans, Bald Eagles, White-headed Woodpeckers, and many other mountain species. Also, expect glorious views of the lake and the landscape at this elevation of 4-5000 feet.

Dress in layers and bring your lunch, drinks, bino’s, cameras, and mosquito repellent (just in case).

This trip is limited to 4 cars of, 4 folks in each vehicle. Donations welcomed. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. 

2023 Bird Conmigo

Spanish/English Bird Walks

Acompaña a Klamath Bird Observatory en las caminatas bilingües de observación de aves en Medford. Exploraremos los parques locales para que veas que no es necesario ir muy lejos para apreciar a las aves. En cada paseo, te enseñaremos lo esencial para observar aves e introduciremos a las aves que habitan en el Rogue Valley. Esto hará que sea perfecto para principiantes. Podrás usar lo aprendido y practicar las técnicas y conocimientos en tu propio jardín. KBO ofrecerá binoculares y guía de identificación de aves durante el evento. Sera una aventura para toda la familia!

June 17th, 9 am – 11 am, Bear Creek Park

July 15th, 9 am – 11 am, Bear Creek Park

August 12th, 9 am – 11 am, Bear Creek Park

Pulse aquí para registrars

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Save the Date! “Up to the Siskiyou Crest (and Back)”: A History-and-Birding Auto Tour

July 2, 8:30 AM – 5 pm

Whether you’re a newcomer to the region or an old-timer, participate in a fun- and information-filled auto tour led by a renowned birder and KBO board president Shannon Rio and historian/author Jeff LaLande.

The car-pool route will include various “History Stops” (but relatively little actual walking) at essential places such as Railroad Tunnel #13, the old Siskiyou Pass, Grouse Gap shelter (just past Mt. Ashland), the 1850s-1860s “Mountain House” stage stop, the 1846 Applegate Trail, the Hill-Dunn cemetery, and other spots – returning the “back way” (through the upper-most Bear Creek Valley) to Ashland by mid-afternoon.

Along the Siskiyou Crest, we’ll hike a short stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail near Mt. Ashland. Wildflowers – lupine, gilia, Oregon sunshine, corn lily, and many species may be in profusion, and we will identify and enjoy as many of those as we can.

Various raptors should be spotted, as well as many other birds – ranging from migrant Green-tailed Towhee, along the short stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail, to Bullock’s Orioles and Acorn Woodpeckers down at Emigrant Lake’s historic cemetery.

Registration will open in early June.

A place to Visit: White City Lagoon

The Kirtland Ponds in White City have become more accessible to birders. Thanks to Watchable Wildlife Foundation and Rogue River Watershed Council. There is now parking and a specific spot for birders to see the unique birds attracted to these ponds. Make sure to take a trip out there and eBird your sightings.

Located about 4 miles off I-5, exit 35 (Blackwell Rd). Bear right onto Kirtland Rd (Hwy 140 East/Hwy 62), left at White City Lagoons sign, and left to public parking.

Read more about it here.