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  What Makes the Klamath Basin Unique?

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The Klamath Basin straddles the Oregon-California border and sits between the Cascade Mountains to the west and the high desert and the Great Basin to the east. A wide variety of habitats converge here and provide for incredible biodiversity, including open water, marshes, meadows, coniferous forests, juniper woodlands, sagebrush grasslands, and rocky cliffs.

The mountainous areas include Crater Lake and its surrounding National Park, reaching to nearly 9,000 feet, and vast areas of National Forest. The forests provide habitat for Mountain Quail, Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Northern Goshawk, and eleven owl species. The strongly contrasting landscape of Lava Beds National Monument in the south borders the sage grasslands of the Great Basin and provides habitat for characteristic species such as Sage Thrasher, Brewer's Sparrow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Gray Flycatcher.

The Basin is perhaps most famous for the open water and marsh habitats provided by Upper Klamath Lake and the six-member Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge complex. Wet meadows in the Wood River Valley and Upper Klamath and Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuges are home to Sora, Virginia Rail, and the elusive Yellow Rail, and Upper Klamath Lake provides nesting habitat for "dancing" Western and Clark's Grebes. The refuges along the border of Oregon and California (Lower Klamath and Tule Lake) host upwards of 80% of the migrating waterfowl that use the Pacific Flyway, numbering at times to over a million birds and including large numbers of Ross's Geese. These refuges and the surrounding agricultural lands also provide hunting grounds for one of the densest concentrations of wintering raptors in the country. Indeed, the Basin hosts the largest wintering concentration of Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states, many of which roost together in Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

  Birds: Birding Trips

Area field trips are scheduled on various weekends. They range from half-day outings to birding hot spots to the occasional weekend trips. Field trips are open to KBAS members and nonmembers alike. You do not have to be a birding expert: only one who enjoys the phenomenal natural opportunities that abound.

Upcoming field trips are listed on the Home Page, our Calendar and in the latest Grebe Newsletter.

Also see either the latest Grebe Newsletter or the Klamath Basin Bird News for birds seen on recent field trips and by birders in general.

Field trips typically go to local or regional hotspots designated as part of the Klamath Basin Birding Trail.

What to Bring?
It's a good idea to bring a small backpack with rain gear, hat, sunscreen, field guide, and binoculars. A drink and a snack may be advisable as well, to keep the energy up. Wear suitable shoes. Subdued colored clothing is preferable but not essential.

For full day outings take your lunch. Ask whether you will be returning to the cars for lunch. Many people also take a drink and a snack to have at the end of the walk.

  Birds: Klamath Basin Bird News

Klamath Basin Bird News.    


Klamath Basin Bird News is an informal "Google group" of birders and other folks interested in bird sightings and bird-related information for the Klamath Basin of Oregon and California. Paricipate at the Klamath Basin Bird News website.

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  Birds: Birding Ethics

The American Birding Association website is www.aba.org. We endorse their Code of Birding Ethics. Please Follow this Code and Distribute and Teach it to Others.

  Birds: Species Profiles

Here we profile more than 100 birds! This page will help you identify them and learn more about their habitats in our area.

House Wren
House Wren
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Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow
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American Robin
American Robin
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Caada Goose
Canada Goose
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Brewer's Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
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Gold-crowned Sparrow
Gold-crowned Sparrow
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Common Raven
Common Raven
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Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
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Horned Lark
Horned Lark
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House Finch
House Finch
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Ash-throated Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
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Mourning Dove.
Mourning Dove
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Red-tailed Hawk.
Red-tailed Hawk
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Red-winged Blackbird.
Red-winged Blackbird
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Ring-necked Pheasant.
Ring-necked Pheasant
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Savannah Sparrow.
Savannah Sparrow
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Song Sparrow.
Song Sparrow
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Starling.
Starling
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Turkey Vulture.
Turkey Vulture
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White-faced Ibis.
White-faced Ibis
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Brown-headed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
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Black-headed Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak
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Cassin's Finch
Cassin's Finch
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Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
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Clark's Nutcracker
Clark's Nutcracker
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Lewis's Woodpecker
Lewis's Woodpecker
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Mountain Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
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Mountain Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
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Pygmy Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
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Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
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Red Crossbill
Red Crossbill
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Western Bluebird
Western Bluebird
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Western Tanager
Western Tanager
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White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
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Anna's Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird
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Western Wood Pewee
Western Wood Pewee
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Bewick's Wren
Bewick's Wren
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Brewer's Sparrow
Brewer's Sparrow
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California Quail
California Quail
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California Towhee
California Towhee
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Canyon Wren
Canyon Wren
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Common Nighthawk
Common Nighthawk
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Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
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Green-tailed Towhee
Green-tailed Towhee
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Juniper Oak Titmouse
Juniper Oak Titmouse
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Loggerhead Shrike
Loggerhead Shrike
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Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker
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Sage Grouse
Sage Grouse
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Sage Sparrow
Sage Sparrow
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Northern Mocking Bird
Northern Mocking Bird
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Sage Thrasher
Sage Thrasher
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Spotted Towhee
Spotted Towhee
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Townsend Solitaire
Townsend Solitaire
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White-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
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Bushtit
Bushtit
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Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
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Great Egret
Great Egret
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Hairy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
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Nashville Warbler
Nashville Warbler
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Orange-crowned Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
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Red-breasted Sapsucker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
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Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
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Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow
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Varied Thrush
Varied Thrush
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Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
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Evening Grosbeak
Evening Grosbeak
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Red Crossbill
Red Crossbill
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Rock Wren
Rock Wren
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Steller's Jay
Steller's Jay
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Violet-green Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
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Williamson's Sapsucker
Williamson's Sapsucker
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American Wigeon
American Wigeon
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American Avocet
American Avocet
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American Coot
American Coot
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Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
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Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt
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Cinnamon Teal
Cinnamon Teal
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Gadwall
Gadwall
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Green-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
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Long-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
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Merlin
Merlin
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Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier
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Northern Shoveler
Northern Shoveler
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Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
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Pintail
Pintail
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Wilson's Phalarope
Wilson's Phalarope
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Wilson's Snipe
Wilson's Snipe
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American White Pelican
American White Pelican
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Bufflehead
Bufflehead
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Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
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Clark's Grebe
Clark's Grebe
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Eared Grebe
Eared Grebe
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Forster's Tern
Forster's Tern
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Great Egret
Great Egret
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Lesser Scaup
Lesser Scaup
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Marsh Wren
Marsh Wren
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Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
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Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck
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Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Duck
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Tri-colored Blackbird
Tri-colored Blackbird
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Tundra Swan
Tundra Swan
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