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…

April 2018 News from our Chapter

General Meeting April 10th

We will have two guest speakers sharing wtih us: Tom Essex and Ron Larson

Choosing the Best Bird House with Tom Essex

We will discuss the following ideas of what to look for when purchasing or building a bird house to fit your backyard.
1. Species of bird to be attracted.
2. Where do I locate the box.
3. Do the dimensions of the box matter?
4. What to look for in nest box construction.
5. Should one worry about predators and competition from other species?
And much more...

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Naturescaping: Landscaping for Wildlife with Ron Larson

One of the joys of living in the Klamath Basin is the many areas to see birds and other wildlife, and that includes in your own backyard habitat. There are a few simple things anyone can do to attract more birds and beneficial insects to your yard, even if you live in the city. Ron will provide you with the fundamentals to do that and your effort should provide you with many hours of enjoyment and the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping nature.

 The fun begins at 6:30pm for a time of socializing and tasty snacks.  The presentations 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.

The fun begins at 6:30pm for a time of socializing and tasty snacks.  The presentations 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.

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Field Trip Saturday, April 28th

We will be taking a walking trip on a rutted dirt road along the Klamath River, visiting several different ecological types:  riparian, conifer, chapparel, canyon.  Wear layers, hiking shoes, bring water and snacks.   This trip will end by late morning. 

Meet at 8 AM at the USFWS office at California St, off of the south Hwy 97 on ramp.  Carpooling is recommended.  Contact Mary Ellen Sargent, 541-850-3926 with questions.  

Mark Your Calendars

April 4 - Board Meeting: Chamber of Commerce, 205 Riverside Dr. Ste. A : 3 pm - 5 p.m. All members welcome

April 10 - General Meeting: Fisher Nicholson Realty Office, 403 Main St.  6:30 pm – 9:00 pm.  Public is invited.