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First Annual Mountain Bird Festival in Ashland


On the Mountain Bird Festival's 'target' list, the beautiful Mountain Bluebird. Photo by David Hodkinson

The beautiful Mountain Bluebird is on the festival’s target list. Photo by David Hodkinson

Mountain Bird Festival hosted by the Klamath Bird Observatory

Ashland, Oregon, May 30 through June 1, 2014

Mountain Bird festival offers 3 days of guided bird walks and keynote presentations with half-day and full-day field trips both Saturday and Sunday.

Klamath Bird Observatory will host this community conservation event in the spring of 2014 in Ashland, Oregon. The festival combines a celebration of nature with the stewardship ethic needed to ensure thriving landscapes for humans and wildlife. Every person who participates in this festival will become a significant steward of the science that drives bird conservation.

Extend your stay and enjoy more of Ashland and its surrounds: wineries, theaters, hiking, art galleries, restaurants.

Follow this link for more information on the Klamath Bird Observatory’s Mountain Bird Festival.

The mountain birds of interest migrate through the Siskiyou and Cascade mountains, many viewing areas are easy driving distance from the town of  Ashland, Oregon.  The ‘target’ list includes: Redhead, Common Merganser, Mountain Quail, nesting Sandhill Cranes, nesting Osprey, Ferruginous Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, dancing Western and Clark’s Grebes, Wilson’s Snipe, Black Terns, Great Gray Owl, Western Screech-Owl, Vaux’s Swift, Calliope Hummingbird, Prairie Falcon, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Williamson’s Sapsucker, White-headed Woodpecker, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin’s Vireo, Mountain Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Townsend’s Solitaire, Mountain Bluebird, Hermit Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Vesper Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Lazuli Bunting.

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March 15th, 2014

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Bird Taxonomy and Diversity Class


Birding Klamath with Pepper Trail, PhD.

“Bird Taxonomy and Diversity”

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Audubon’s Warbler photo by David Hodkinson

Dates: June 23rd and 24th, 2012, Tuition: $100

Location: Ashland, OR

Instructor: Pepper Trail

Description: Hone your identification skills and explore the relationships among groups of birds in this lab and field course. On Saturday, join Pepper Trail, Ph.D., for a day in the lab at SOU, where you’ll refresh your taxonomic know-how, look at identifying characteristics, and discuss their ecological significance.

On Sunday, the class will travel to the Klamath Basin, one of the richest birding sites in Oregon, to practice identifying species in the field.

Pepper Trail, PhD has studied bird behavior and conservation around the world with the support of the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and other groups. He works as the ornithologist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Forensics Lab in Ashland.
For more information go the Siskiyou Field Institute’s website.

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May 23rd, 2012

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International Migratory Bird Day, 5/12/12


International Migratory Bird Day-Ashland and Klamath Falls, OR

When: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Where: Ashland and Klamath Falls, OR

Join us in celebrating the 20th anniversary of International Migratory Bird Day with this year’s theme of Connecting People to Bird Conservation!
As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations, the annual bird conservation theme will focus on 20 ways people may help preserve birds every day.
Join us on May 12th at North Mountain Park in Ashland, OR, or at Veteran’s Park in Klamath Falls, OR. For more information, visit Rogue Valley Bird Day.

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April 12th, 2012

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Siskiyou Field Institute: Seabirds & Marine Mammals of the Redwood Coast, 5/5/12


Steller Sealions

Date: May 5th, 2012

Location: near Crescent City, CA

Instructor: Keith Bensen 

Tuition: $50

2 hikers, Naturalist Certificate

Description: The central portion of Redwood National and State Parks’ Coastal Trail runs along a spectacular unroaded section of California’s north coast. This field-based class follows the Coastal Trail; observing the state’s fourth largest seabird colony, watching foraging seabirds and migrating gray whales, and visiting a rookery for the threatened Steller’s sea lion and the mouth of the Klamath River, where three other species of pinniped often feed. Read More

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April 5th, 2012

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Siskiyou Field Institute: Shorebirds of the Klamath Coast, 4/28/12


Date: April 28th, 2012

Location: Crescent City, CA  Instructor: Gary Bloomfield

Tuition: $50  Naturalist Certificate, kids aged 12+

Description: This course begins with a field trip that visits Crescent City Harbor, moves along the rocky coast at low tide towards Point St. George, and finishes up at Lake Tolowa. We’ll seek out migrating and resident shorebirds: Black Oystercatcher, Black-bellied Plover, Wimbrel, Dunlin, Greater Yellowlegs, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, and more. After the field portion of the class, there will be a multimedia presentation focusing on the identification and biology of the shorebirds of the Klamath coast.

For more information on this Siskiyou Field Institute class …

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March 28th, 2012

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Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk on Table Rock, 4/14/12


Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk on Lower Table Rock

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American Kestrel, photo by Ellen

When: Saturday, April 14, 2012

Where: Lower Table Rock

Join Frank Lospalluto for a spring walk on Lower Table Rock. Lower Table Rock is an exciting place in the early spring, when migrants are beginning to arrive and birds are becoming more visible and vocal.
We’ll look and listen for Oak Titmouse, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Lewis’ Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Anna’s Hummingbird, Bewick’s Wren, Savannah Sparrow, and many more.
Meet at 8:00 am at Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call (541) 770‑1104.

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March 14th, 2012

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Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk-biking on the Bear Creek Greenway, 4/7/12


Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk-biking on the Bear Creek Greenway

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Orange-crowned Warbler

When: Saturday, Apr 7, 2012

Where: Meet at 8:00 at the Northwest Nature Shop
Join KBO volunteer and birder Forrest English for a fun biking and birding outing to the Ashland Pond and along the Bear Creek Greenway. We will enjoy the spring weather as we look for spring migrants like Common Yellowthroat, Orange-crowned Warbler, and Yellow-breasted Chat. We’ll also look for Belted Kingfisher, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, and more.
Bring your bike, helmet, and binoculars. Meet at 8:00 am at the Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Limited to 10 participants. To register, call 541–482-3241.

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March 7th, 2012

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Klamath Bird Observatory teaches Birding Basics, 5/2/12


Birding Basics, hosted by Klamath Bird Observatory

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Female evening grosbeak, photo by Samantha Franks

When: Wed, May 2, 7pm – 9pm

Where: North Mountain Park Nature Center

Ever wanted to get involved with bird watching, but don’t know where to start? In this fun evening class we will review the basics of birding: where to go, when to go, and what to look for. We will discuss the basics of bird anatomy, bird ID and bird behavior, and will view photos of Ashland’s most common birds.

We will practice our ID skills with an interactive Power point presentation. Finally, we will provide an overview and recommendations for birding “equipment:” field guides, binoculars, and scopes. $10.

Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541–488-6606.

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March 2nd, 2012

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Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk in Touvelle & Denman, 3/10/12


Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk in Touvelle State Park and Denman WMA

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Belted Kingfisher

When: Saturday, Mar 10, 2012

Where: Meet at 8:00 am at Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford

Join birding guide and KBO board member Harry Fuller for a trip to this diverse habitat along the Rogue River. We will look for Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Common Merganser, and Bald Eagle along the riparian corridor. We will also look for birds in the adjacent upland habitats, including Bewick’s Wren, Wrentit, Red-breasted Sapsucker, and California Quail.
Meet at 8:00 am at Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call (541) 770‑1104.

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February 28th, 2012

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Klamath Bird Observatory Bird Walk, 3/3/12


Klamath Bird Observatory guides bird walk at Emigrant Lake

Birding Klamath

Titmouse, photo by Ellen

When: Sat, March 3, 8am – 12pm

Join KBO contractor, volunteer and local bird expert Frank Lospalluto for an exploration of the habitats at Emigrant Lake. This popular local birding spot hosts wintering ducks and shorebirds, as well as Bald Eagle, Osprey, and, if we’re lucky, Golden Eagle. We’ll also look for woodpeckers, Oak Titmouse, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, many wintering sparrows, and other birds that inhabit the unique oak woodland and shrub habitats surrounding the lake.

Meet at 8:00 am at the Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541–482-3241.

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February 28th, 2012

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