I am very fond of poetry, especially those poems about nature. Pepper Trail is a bit of a local legend. He is a research biologist specializing in ornithology. He is about to retire from being the senior forensic scientist and ornithologist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland Oregon. He and his team fight wildlife trafficking.
A poem by Pepper Trail
“Not water alone does flow, but land
All its coverings and its inhabitants
The deer walking from valley to ridge
The birds and the every living thing
Find here, in a world of change, their place.”
Guided Lithia Park Nature Walks — Free
From May to September, no matter the weather, a trained docent naturalists will lead a fun, informative and easy 1.5 hour nature walk through Ashland’s gem — Lithia Park.
Topics include: trees, flowers, birds, climate, water and history of the park.
Days: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday (Saturday in July and August)
Time: 10 am
Meeting point: park entrance nearest the Plaza
And yes, you can do it all! You can enjoy the Chanticleer breakfast and get to the nature walk on time without being rushed.
“Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden”
Learn what to do in your garden to attract hummingbirds.
Talk: Wednesday, May 6th 6:30-8pm
Laura Fleming is opening Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford this spring. The “Walk” for this event will be an invitation to visit Wild Birds Unlimited at its new location plus a gift certificate offering a discount on purchases.
$25 fee is for both the Talk and Walk. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Klamath Bird Observatory Presents on October 15th, “Beautiful Birds, Beautiful Words”
Klamath Bird Observatory Board Member Shannon Rio combines bird photography with poetry, myth, and lore in this presentation that celebrates nature, literature, and our connection to words.
Details: Wednesday October 15th from 6:30-8:00pm, Ages 10-Adult, event is at North Mountain Park Nature Center, and cost is $10. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606.
Black-backed Woodpecker, a Klamath Bird Observatory Note
Black-backed woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) is said to be “one of the most enigmatic woodpeckers.” I guess, they are not considering the Ivory-billed in their estimation.
These birds can be sighted in the mountains near Ashland. Black-back woodpeckers prefer forested areas that have had fires. For more information and details of these black beauties, go to Klamath Bird Observatory’s biology note.
Screech Owls! Great photo from KBO
These are the very same Screech Owl babies who were ‘disrupting’ the plays in the Elizabethan theater earlier in the season.
As soon as the music started up or actors started to say their lines, the owlets would join in. The audience could hear them in the ‘background’ [thankfully they weren’t miked] and it sounded like the sound system was having a problem.
When they were hungry and calling for food from their parent, they were even louder. There’s a reason they are called “Screech Owls”!
Now that they are fully fledged (as you can see by the picture) and learning to hunt for themselves, it’s been much quieter in the theater.
This photo comes from Klamath Bird Observatory Facebook page.
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.
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.
Birding Klamath with Pepper Trail, PhD.
“Bird Taxonomy and Diversity”
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.
International Migratory Bird Day-Ashland and Klamath Falls, OR
When: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Where: Ashland and Klamath Falls, OR