September 2018

President’s Message

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Hello to all of you and welcome to KBAS’s new web page, courtesy of Debra Davis, our “official” webmaster!  Debra has spearheaded the effort to move our website to Squarespace and give it a new face.  She’s done a fantastic job!  If you have any suggestions for content or format, please send them to me or Debra.  In the meantime, absent a Grebe newsletter editor, our “Chapter News” and Calendar will be the means to keep you informed of KBAS activities, so please check in often.

We held our annual planning meeting at FNR on July 24 and I was impressed by the ideas and energy generated by the group in attendance.  Beth Phillips, former President and now Program Chair, is hard at work lining up some great presenters for our monthly meetings.  For September we have Mike Moore, an ODFW biologist, who will update us on cougars, bears, and other wildlife that we sometimes encounter.  That should be a very high interest program as predators are a hot topic in the basin!

At the meeting we discussed how to increase (and energize) our membership.  Myki Spindle, Membership Chair, lead a discussion and several excellent strategies were proposed.  A simple but effective one is for each member to invite a friend or two to attend a monthly meeting.  Who isn’t interested in cougars and bears? 

A few KBAS projects are in the works for the coming year.  These include interpretive panels on Grebes and other Basin birds to be installed at Putnam’s Point next spring.  Putnam’s Point is the prime viewing area for grebes in the spring and summer and it begs for interpretation. Also, Audubon educational kits will be offered to area 3rd-5th grade teachers, and an advanced raptor ID class taught by international raptor expert Bill Clark takes wing in January.  For a complete recap of the planning meeting we will post the minutes on the web site.

The crown jewel of KBAS projects, the Winter Wings Festival, celebrates its 40th anniversary in February. Anne and Diana have already logged hundreds of hours working on the program and a myriad of details.  The 2019 Festival will continue the tradition of being one of the largest all volunteer festivals in the country and a mecca for birders and photographers.  I have extended an invitation to David Yarnold, Audubon President, to attend. I hope he will come and witness what a small chapter can offer to a large audience of nature enthusiasts.

So, mark your calendars for our first monthly meeting:  Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30.  Remember to bring a friend or two!

Darrell Samuels,
KBAS President
dsamuels@charter.net

 

Click on the link below to read about what was discussed at our August Planning Meeting

Minutes from August Planning Meeting


General Meeting: Tuesday, September 11th

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We will resume our Tuesday night meetings with guest speaker Michael Moore, Assistant District Wildlife Biologist for the Klamath Watershed Partnership, who will be sharing with us about some other species we may encounter in our wanderings such as cougars, bears, skunks, etc

 The meeting will be at the Fisher Nicholson conference room at 403 Main St. Meet and Greet begins at 6:30PM with snacks provided and our program begins at approximately 7pm. 

Members will also be voting on a change to our constitution in how we handle  the check signing process.  Changes to the process are underlined .

Current:

Article III, Section 9. Disbursements— All checks and drafts of this SOCIETY must have two signatures. They may be signed by the Treasurer, the President, or by one other board member as established by the Board.

Proposed:

Article III, Section 9. Disbursements— All checks and drafts of this SOCIETY must have one signature. They may be signed by the President and one or more other board members as established by the Board.

We hope you will come and join us and bring a friend for this fun and informative evening.


Short-Term Volunteers Needed to Care for Birds!

The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex has an immediate need for volunteers to help care for wildlife impacted by avian botulism. Avian botulism is a disease that affects wild bird populations and is not contagious. Volunteers will be asked to provide basic supportive care including, rescue and transport, handling birds for exam, preparing food, as well as cleaning and preparing enclosures. This is an opportunity to learn the foundation skills of wildlife rehabilitation and help care for our local wildlife. No experience is necessary. Shifts available are 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm for as many days as you are available. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.

To volunteer please call us at 451-181-0140 or 530-667-2231 x 277

To learn more about Avian Botulism go here: https://www.beautyofbirds.com/botulism.html

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Winter Wings Festival 

Where will you be Feb. 14 - 17, 2019? Make your plans to come to the 2019 Winter Wings Festival in Southern Oregon for our 40th anniversary!

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We are excited to announce the return of Canon Explorer of Light George Lepp to the festival! He will present the Friday February 15th keynote “Here, There, and Everywhere: Photographing Birds with George Lepp”. This keynote will be free but registration is required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Making her Oregon debut, Julie Zickefoose from Ohio will be our Saturday night keynoter. She has authored Letters from Eden and The Bluebird Effect, is a Contributing Editor to Bird Watcher’s Digest. Julie loves to encourage people to watch birds more closely and carefully. Don't miss her Baby Birds keynote!

 

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On Thursday, Feb. 14th we will feature Pepper Trail, known as “The Sherlock Holmes of Bird Crime". His work as a forensic ornithologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service has been featured in the National Audubon magazine and National Geographic. You'll love his keynote: Solving Crimes with Feathers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information visit the Winter Wings Festival website at:   http://winterwingsfest.org/
and follow them on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/winterwingsfest/


Board Meeting September 5th

The KBAS Board of Directors meets 3:00-5:00pm the first Wednesday of each month at the Chamber of Commerce, 203 Riverside, Klamath Falls, OR.  All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Summer 2018

Planning Meeting

July 24th, 9am -2pm

Fisher Nicholson Realty, LLC
403 Main Street, Klamath Falls

Our annual planning meeting is the time out board meets to set the direction of the chapter for the coming year. Ideas for field trips, program speakers, field trips, and projects are gathered, discussed and prioritized. Your input is needed to make our chapter responsive to the needs of our membership and to the community.  Please submit your ideas and suggestions to: Darrel Samuels, KBAS President, dsamuels@charter.net.

Annual Picnic

Please join us for our annual Klamath Basin Audubon Society picnic!

The Van Hulzens have once again graciously offered to share their beautiful yard in Rocky Point for our annual picnic, which will feature their famous tri-tip.  We will have a great day of birding and camaraderie. 

Members and guest are invited.
Date:  August 11th
Time:  11:30 am to 1:30 pm, but you may want to come a little earlier or stay later to bird and relax.

What to bring:  Last name...A-I brings salad, J-O brings dessert and P-Z brings entree.  Also, please bring your own beverages and eating service.  

General directions:  From Hwy 140 westbound, turn north on Westside Road for less than 1/4 mile, then left at the mailboxes. 

RSVP:  Please contact Jean at (541) 810-2110, so that she will know how many to expect.

May 2018 News from our Chapter

General Meeting: May 8, 2018

 Our guest speaker will be Chris Wayne who is the GIS specialist at  Crater Lake National Park, where he makes maps in support of all programs.  Chris had roamed the world as an archaeologist for seven years before finding his true calling in cartography, an excellent vocation for one blessed with a short attention span  Chris will be sharing about the Natural Resources programs at Crater Lake National Park which conduct research and projects from the microscopic level to the landscape scale. His talk will offer an overview of these projects, including invasive plant management, stream restoration, genetic analysis of meso-carnivores and acoustic monitoring.  The meeting begins at 6:30pm for a time of socializing and tasty snacks.  The presentation will begin at approximately 7: 15 at the Fisher Nicholson Realty Office, 403 Main St., Klamath Falls  We hope you will join us for this fun and informative evening as we gather together to share our love of birds and the natural world around us.

Our guest speaker will be Chris Wayne who is the GIS specialist at  Crater Lake National Park, where he makes maps in support of all programs.  Chris had roamed the world as an archaeologist for seven years before finding his true calling in cartography, an excellent vocation for one blessed with a short attention span

Chris will be sharing about the Natural Resources programs at Crater Lake National Park which conduct research and projects from the microscopic level to the landscape scale. His talk will offer an overview of these projects, including invasive plant management, stream restoration, genetic analysis of meso-carnivores and acoustic monitoring.

The meeting begins at 6:30pm for a time of socializing and tasty snacks.  The presentation will begin at approximately 7: 15 at the Fisher Nicholson Realty Office, 403 Main St., Klamath Falls

We hope you will join us for this fun and informative evening as we gather together to share our love of birds and the natural world around us.

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 jmesue27@yahoo.com 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 russellx1@msn.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…