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Only Two Spots Left For Our Malheur Birding Expedition!


Our always popular Malheur birding trip is scheduled for June 2nd-5th, 2018! This five-day and four-night eastern Oregon birding expedition will begin with birding from Ashland to Summer Lake, exploring surrounding wildlife areas, and stay at the Summer Lake Lodge. On the second day we will arrive at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge—birding this special area the next three days with accommodations at Crystal Crane Hot Springs those three nights. Bring your swim suit as we will study the night sky from the warmth of the hot spring pool in the evenings (optional of course). One night we will have dinner at the famous Diamond Hotel. Dinners will include tallies of our birds for the day.

Some of the species we hope to see: Cinnamon Teal, Trumpeter Swan, White-faced Ibis, Sandhill Crane, Ferruginous and Swainson’s hawks, Bald and Golden eagles, nesting Long-billed Curlew, Wilson’s Phalarope and Wilson’s Snipe, Franklin’s Gull, Black Tern, Prairie Falcon, Great Horned and Barn owls, Common Nighthawk, Loggerhead Shrike, Eastern Kingbird, Gray Flycatcher, Say’s Phoebe, Black-billed Magpie, Rock and Canyon wrens, Sage Thrasher, Mountain Bluebird, Sagebrush and Brewer’s sparrows, and Yellow-headed Blackbird. We have seen as many as 142 species on this trip in the past.

Cost of the trip is $575 which includes modest accommodations, dinners, transportation (a small van will be available plus there will be room in vehicles), and the expert guiding of birding extraordinaire and bird guidebook author Harry Fuller. $300 of this will be a tax deductible contribution to the Klamath Bird Observatory so not only will you have a fantastic adventure in a very special part of the world, you’ll contribute to bird and habitat conservation efforts.

Participants will need to bring breakfast and lunches. Sign up by contacting Shannon Rio at or call her at 541-840-4655.

KBO’s Mountain Bird Festival Takes a Working Time-out

We are grateful for the generous support we have received for our Mountain Bird Festival over the last three years. The Mountain Bird Festival is a valuable conservation education event that has measurable benefits for KBO, our local community, the birding community, and bird and habitat conservation. Your support and participation has been instrumental in the success of this unique conservation event.

We want our Festival participants and partners to be the first to know that Klamath Bird Observatory will be postponing the 2017 Mountain Bird Festival. After careful reflection on our 1st three years of putting on the Festival, we believe a hiatus will be help us to take steps that will markedly improve the Festival and ensure that its benefits continue to increase for all involved.

During this furlough KBO will continue to advance the mission of the Festival, Citizens and Science Advancing Bird Conservation through our Community Education Program. With the spirit of this mission in mind we will be planning a Mountain Bird Night for 2017, with a keynote speaker, possible field trips, and the unveiling of our 2017 Conservation Stamp Set, including the 2017 Klamath Bird Observatory Conservation Science Stamp and the 2017-18 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation [Duck] Stamp. This event will be open to the public with the purchase of the Conservation Stamp Set, the proceeds of which will go directly to advancing conservation locally and nationally. Stay tuned for more details.

Klamath Bird Observatory’s Community Education Program will also continue to remain active. We will be participating in other community celebrations, such as Rogue Valley Bird Day. Additionally, our Talks and Walks program continues to offer a variety of conservation education activities. As in past years, we will also be providing other special events and trips.

We appreciate your faithful support and understanding as we take this time to enhance our yearly event. We are certain our next Festival will be well worth the wait.