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:

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

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

September 2018

President’s Message


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


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 .


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.


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:


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:
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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.