Published by 33 leading science and conservation organizations and agencies, including Klamath Bird Observatory (KBO), the 2022 U.S. State of the Birds report presents state-of-the-art scientific results that show alarming declines in western forest birds, combined with stories about important partnerships that offer hopeful opportunities for restoring our bird populations. To help us tell the story about how sustained forest management investments in the Klamath Siskiyou Bioregion may benefit birds, we invited Executive Director Terry Fairbanks from the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative (SOFRC) to provide a testimonial. KBO is bringing multiple voices to the table to coalesce around a forest conservation movement to ensure investment in forest restoration benefits birds and people.
KBO is collaborating with SOFRC to use birds as indicators of forest restoration progress. The 2022 State of the Birds Report shows where our Western Forest birds are declining, highlighting the Rogue Basin as a priority area of concern. As we restore our forest from years of fire suppression using birds to guide conservation action and evaluate restoration success, we are telling a complete ecosystem story. KBO Executive Director John Alexander, a contributor to the Report, gave a live interview with Jefferson Exchange host Geoffrey Riley, discussing this story. If you missed this interview, you can listen to it HERE.
Support ALL bird conservation by purchasing the Conservation Science Stamp set. Proceeds from this year’s Science Stamp support our international bird banding program. Bird banding data tell us if birds successfully breed in an area—indicating a healthy habitat. It also tells us if birds are surviving migration, information that informs international conservation efforts. Our partnerships with the University of Guadalajara and San Pancho Bird Observatory in Mexico help us study the full lifecycle of migratory birds, including this warbler. KBO’s bird banding internship program also helps us train the next generation of bird conservation leaders.