El hambre

[caption id="attachment_6151" align="alignnone" width="300"] Varied Thrush, studied by Klamath Bird ObservatoryTaken by KBO Bander Aracely Camacho[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6152" align="alignnone" width="300"] Evening Grosbeak, studied by Klamath Bird ObservatoryTaken by KBO Bander Aracely Camacho[/caption] Phew. A heavy sigh of relief escaped my mouth. Ten birds handled in under twenty-five...

Study, study, study!

In return for the service of its volunteers, Klamath Bird Observatory offers a Bander certification and a Trainer certification. Stephanie and I are soon to put our skills to the test through the written component of the Bander certification. To prepare, I am hiding away...

When it rains, it sprinkles

It's incredible how marked the difference in climate is with only a few hours of driving distance from the coast. For all of the days I spent dancing in the rain of Newport, I am now tanning in the endless sunshine of Oregon's central valley....

The Bird Herd

[caption id="attachment_5976" align="alignnone" width="300"] The presentations continued into the evening, leading us to gather under the starlight in this charming barn to listen to this talk on the travels of biologist Jared Wolfe to Equatorial Guinea. The excursion led to the record of several new...

Band that bird!

At Klamath Bird Observatory we study birds using this nifty technique called bird banding. So I thought it might be useful to take some time to explain the art of banding and its importance to the study of birds. Bird Banding. What is it anyways? Bird...

Going South for the Winter

My time in Newport has come to an end, but thanks to Environment for the Americas my adventure in Oregon is still on the horizon. I was invited to work under the auspices of Klamath Bird Observatory to band birds during the Fall migration. Within...

Your birds are our birds too, P.II

Let's recap. Through these posts you have seen that birds are: fun inspiration for games (yay!), way too cute for our good, scientifically interesting, and just ridiculously cool. Did you know, that birds are cultural too? Woah, I know, it's crazy. Allow me to explain...

Shorebirds of Newport, OR

If I had any doubts about my assimilation in Oregon, I confirmed my total transformation into a local yesterday afternoon by foraging a nature trail for berries. In season are the  Himalayan blackberries, an invasive fruiting plant that has taken hold of the coast. In...