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Bird Taxonomy and Diversity Class


Birding Klamath with Pepper Trail, PhD.

“Bird Taxonomy and Diversity”

Birding Klamath

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.
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Siskiyou Field Institute: Ecological Restoration, 5/12/12


Date: May 12th, 2012

Location: TBA  Instructor: Luke Ruediger  Tuition: $50
Naturalist Certificate

Description: If you’ve read about local ecological restoration projects and wondered how they actually work, you’ll want to take this class. Students will visit a forest restoration site in the Upper Applegate Valley, where forests have been thinned to increase health and resilience; and then visit a prescribed burn on National Forest lands. While onsite, class discussions will cover topics including fire ecology, forest restoration, indigenous land management, land stewardship, historical ecology, and forest ecology.

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Siskiyou Field Institute: A Trip Back in Time at the Oregon Caves, 5/20/12


Date: May 20th, 2012
Location: Oregon Caves National Monument
Instructor: Lee Webb and OCNM staff
Tuition: $40
Description: In 1912, 23-year old Adah Morrison visited the Oregon Caves and took some photos of her visit. A digital collection of Adah’s photos of the Illinois Valley – including photos taken at the Oregon Caves – were donated to the Kerbyville Museum in 2011. In this class, you’ll view some those photos, introduced by Adah herself (Oregon Caves tour guide Terah Van Duesen), and then join Adah, and fellow Oregon Caves celebrity Elijah Davidson on a historic candlelight tour of the Caves.
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Siskiyou Field Institute: Botanizing the Klamath River Canyon, 5/18 thru 5/20/12


Dates: May 18th– 20th, 2012 Location: Orleans, CA

Camas Lily

Instructor: Wendell Wood  Tuition: $250

Kids aged 15+, Meals and/or Lodging Included

Description: Explore the botanical diversity of the Klamath River canyon while staying at the lovely Sandy Bar Ranch, in Orleans, CA. This course will provide outdoor workshops in plant identification, as students hike and explore the different habitats found in the canyon. Additional evening programs will discuss plant identification techniques, the natural history of many local plant species, and ethno-botany. Class tuition covers lodging and some meals. Enrollment is limited, so be sure to register early!

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Siskiyou Field Institute: Amphibians & Reptiles of the Klamath-Siskiyou, 5/12/12


Date: May 12th, 2012
Location: Deer Creek Center, Selma, OR
Instructor: Michael Parker, PhD
Tuition: $50
Kids aged 10+

Description: Explore the amazing diversity of the amphibians and reptiles found in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion. The day will begin with a classroom session, to help students learn to identify the many species of “herps” found in our region, and to learn about species distribution, ecology and conservation. Then, we’ll head into the field to visit a variety of habitats found within striking distance of the Deer Creek Center, to observe these creatures in their natural environment.
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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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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.

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Mount Ashland, one of 50 best wildflower sites in the world


Wildflowers of Mount Ashland

Mount Ashland

Fritillaria

Bob Gibbons, author of Wildflower Wonders: The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World (Princeton University Press, $27.95) lists Mount Ashland as one of the 50 best wildflower sites.

Here’s what USAToday article says about Mount Ashland, Oregon

This southern Oregon peak lords over sprawling Klamath-Siskiyou region, home to 3,500 plant species, including lilies and orchids. While you’ll find peak blooms from late June through August, something should be blossoming between April and October. “It’s a wonderful flowery place,” Gibbons says.”

Mount Ashland is one of my favorite places to hike in the late summer.  When all the wildflowers are gone from the valley, Mount Ashland flowers are still splendid and abundant.  Drive to the Mount Ashland ski resort, drive through the parking lot toward Grouse Gap.  The road bisects sloping meadows of wild flowers and the native bees and humming birds with extra vigor buzzing about.

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Caught in the Act! Wildlife Drama at the Chanticleer Inn


Squirrel atop a woodpecker's granary at the Chanticleer Inn

Squirrel atop a woodpecker’s granary at the Chanticleer Inn

Caught in the act! Out of the Chanticleer Inn B&B’s breakfast window, I witnessed a squirrel stealing some acorns out of the neighborhood Acorn Woodpeckers’ granary.

This picture, taken by my mobile phone, shows him munching on the top of the electric pole the woodpeckers use for granary. A few minutes later 2 woodpeckers chased him away.

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Siskiyou Field Institute: Introduction to Lichens, 4/14 & 4/15/12


Lichen

Dates: April 14th and 15th, 2012
Location: Deer Creek Center, Selma, OR

Instructor: Daphne Stone, PhD
Tuition: $150
Beginner/Intermediate level class, Naturalist Certificate
Description: Discover the wonderful and complex world of lichens! We’ll collect lichens from the meadows and forests around Deer Creek Center and then return to the classroom to identify and preserve specimens; examining their structures and learning terminology needed to discuss the basics of lichen identification. Students will learn to key lichens using Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest. You’ll complete this class with a small personal lichen reference collection to further your lichen studies.
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