December 2018 Updates

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Raptor ID Class

 
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Before the Winter Wings Festival you are invited to join Bill Clark, noted raptor researcher, photographer and author for a Raptor ID Class, January 25-27, 2019, hosted by the Klamath Basin Audubon Society. Friday night's talk is about raptor identification and difficult ID problems with accipiters. Saturday morning's discussion is on eagles and buteos, followed by a carpooling field trip. Then, on Sunday morning, Bill will discuss vagrants, albinism, unusual plumages and rarities, with a carpooling field trip after. Cost is $150 for the 3 days. Beginning and experienced birders are welcome! Contact Darrel Samuels at dsamuels@charter.net for more information.


Join us for our annual Christmas Potluck during our General Meeting on Tues, December 11th. Note that we will be meeting at 6pm rather than our usual 6:30 start time. For more information see this month’s Grebe.

November 2018

Field Trip: Saturday,November 10th

Join us on Saturday, November 10th for an easy walk that will begin at the Collier State Park Day Use Area.  We will head to the confluence of the Spring Creek and the Williamson River.  This one-mile hike is on a level trail that affords views of diving ducks, forest birds, bald eagles, and of course water dippers.  

An optional second hike is offered at a remote destination a short drive away (near the USFS Williamson River Campground).  This two mile round-trip scenic hike is on a USFS trail with even and level terrain and suitable for all ages.  The second hike is to the "lower" Williamson River Canyon and starts at 11 AM.  We'll return by 1 PM.

Meet at the Collier State Park Day Use Area (Rest Stop on Highway 97)
**These hikes are a joint outing between the Klamath Basin Outdoor Group and the Klamath Basin Audubon Society.

Chapter Meeting: Tuesday, November 13th

Craig Bienz, Program Director of The Nature Conservancy, will be the speaker at the Klamath Basin Audubon Society's November meeting.  His topic is "Sharing the Road:  Managers and Scientists transforming Fire Management".  This is a particularly relevant topic given there have been two summers of heavy smoke in the Klamath Basin. He will cover creating ecological resiliency through restoration planning, developing multi-agency action plans, analyzing forest structure, and fire ecology effects on wildlife and humans. The meeting is Tuesday, November 13th.  Refreshments and book sales will begin at 6:30 PM, followed by the speaker at 7 PM.  The meeting will be held at the Fisher-Nicholson conference room, 403 Main Street in Klamath Falls.

Christmas Bird Count:

The dates for Klamath Basin Christmas Birds Counts will be:

Klamath Falls CBC: Saturday, December 15th

Tule Lake CBC: Sunday, December 30th

If interested in participating, or for more details and information, please contact:
Kevin Spencer, 541-880-8015, or
email at: rriparia@charter.net


Raptor Route Surveys:

Jeff Fleischer from East Cascades Audubon Society has coordinated raptor route surveys throughout Oregon and Washington for the past decade or so. There are 2 routes that need a new surveyor this year. It involves going out once a month from December through March with November being an optional month. There are set routes and he can send you more information on that. It is a lot of fun and a great Citizen Science project for someone.

The 2 routes are Agency Lake/Ft Klamath area and Klamath Marsh. If you are interested or want more info, contact Jeff at raptorrunner97621@yahoo.com.

October 2018

Monthly Meeting: Tuesday, October 9th

Everyone is welcome to join us at our monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 9th.  The guest speaker will be Marshal T. Case, President of the Mennen Environmental Foundation Trust for Wildlife, Inc.  His topic is "Intelligent Conservation Through Collaborations".  Marshall, who lives in Vermont, has formed and chartered more than 30 conservation non-profits, mostly in the eastern U.S.  His passion includes encouraging youth to research and participate in helping stabilize the local environment.  He implemented the Audubon Adventures program for children for the National Audubon Society. The meeting will start with refreshments at 6:30 PM, wfollowed by a short business meeting at 6:45 PM and the speaker at 7 P.M. The meeting is at the Fisher-Nicholson conference room, 403 Main St., Klamath Falls.

In the News:

A bit of fun out of Minnesota…

Minnesota Residents Call Police on Rowdy Drunk Birds