General Meeting: May 8, 2018
World Migratory Bird Day: May 12th
World Bird Migratory Day. May 12, 2018. 10am-3pm at Veteran's Park. Come help us educate children on the different threats to bird populations. We will also be painting our very own window collision deterrent suncatcher! We are still looking for 2-3 volunteers to help cover shifts. Please contact Jamie Blankenship at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3196105573.
Library Showing of Birders: The Central Park Effect: May 31
Celebrate the joy of birding with a screening of the documentary Birders: The Central Park Effect on Thursday, May 31st at 5pm at the downtown Klamath County Library.
You can read more about this movie on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology site by clicking here: www.allaboutbirds.org/birders-the-central-park-effect/
Upcoming Field Trips
Klamath Wildflower and Bird Walk
On Saturday, May 26, 2018 the Klamath Native Plant Society and the Klamath Basin Audubon Society are hosting a joint walk to the Skillet Handle at Running Y Ranch Resort. Meet at 9 AM on Saturday at the Horse Coral/Boat Basin at the eastern end of Cooper’s Hawk Road. The group will walk together on the first ½ mile to discuss Ponderosa Pine Woodlands and Oak Savanna Habitat near the start of the nature trail. After the first 30 minutes the group will split into a walking group that will complete a 1.5-mile loop and a longer hiking group that will complete a 4.0-mile loop. The Skillet Handle "peninsula" provides the only hiking trail on the shoreline of Upper Klamath Lake. It is an excellent place to explore for native plants and all kinds of wildlife that live in Klamath Basin. The groups will search for birds, wildflowers and butterflies that are common during May. Anyone can come along for this nature hike that will last until about noon.
Modoc National Wildlife Refuge
On Friday, June 1st we will be carpooling to Alturas to visit the Modoc Natural Wildlife Refuge. Shorebirds, waterfowl and Sandhill Cranes can be seen in abundance along with migrating song birds. We will meet at the Home Depot parking lot on the south end at 8:00 am and then carpool down to Alturas. It is a 1 ½ hour drive along scenic Hwy 39 where we may also see raptors, wild horses and antelope. For those that want to meet in Alturas, we will meet at the Park which is off Hwy 395 by the Museum. From Main St, turn on E McDowell Ave at the Museum and we will meet on the left side of the road by the park around 9:45 – 10:00 am. After our tour of the Refuge we will have lunch in Alturas and then head back to Klamath Falls, returning midafternoon. For more information, contact Molly Russell at email@example.com.
April Field Trip Report
Mary Ellen Sargent led a field trip on April 28th for 10 hardy birders who braved the weather along the Klamath River near Keno. They walked the Pacific Power Road towards the Keno Dam. The day started out okay, but then sleet and rain began to pelt the group. Despite the weather 40 species of birds were seen and all agreed it was a good day!
Mark Your Calendars!
Jean Van Hulzen has gracioulsy offered up her very birdy yard/home in Rocky Point for our annual potluck picnic. Please reserve the date of August 11 (Saturday) for a great day of birding and comraderie. More information to follow…