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!
Click on the link below to read about what was discussed at our August Planning Meeting
General Meeting: Tuesday, September 11th
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: https://www.beautyofbirds.com/botulism.html
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.