Best in Show

Here is a list of some of the KBO interns’ favorite birds whose glamour, behavior, and plain birdiness stole our hearts. Steller’s jay. Uncommon to some of the crew members that came from the southern hemisphere, this bird was on their bucket list as well as...

Moving Forward

I am happy to announce that I am officially bander certified by the North American Banding Council. The test took place in Ashland, OR and was a very rigorous, three-day exam consisting of four parts: a written, practical, specimen, and interview. We were tested on our...

KBO on Conservation

I've spent some time talking about my experience banding for Klamath Bird Observatory (KBO), but I have not yet explained who are they and what they do. So let me discuss. KBO is a non-profit organization that focuses on the long-term monitoring of landbirds in...

Encounters with White–Crowned Sparrows and their Life History

[caption id="attachment_6156" align="aligncenter" width="300"] White-crowned sparrow at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in Newport, OR[/caption] One of the most common birds we band during the Fall in Southern Oregon and northern California is the charismatic white-crowned sparrow. This bird was a favorite of mine while living...

A Bag of Surprises

[caption id="attachment_6116" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Placing a songbird in a breathable, appropiate-sized cloth bag, allows the bird to relax and feel safe until it is time to process it[/caption] There are only two ways of bird banding: ordinary banding, and banding with passion and nurturing love. I...

A Common Cause

[caption id="attachment_6073" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Alexis Diaz with a Western scrub-jay[/caption] I was extremely excited when I met Alexis Diaz, a fellow Peruvian participating in the KBO bird banding internship. I don’t see many Peruvians these days, especially in the sciences working in bird conservation, so I...

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

This weekend bird lovers from around the country and abroad came together for the 89th Western Bird Banding Association Annual Meeting. This year, the Humbolt Bay Bird Observatory (HHBO) hosted the three-day event in the beautiful beach dunes of the Humbolt Bay Wildlife Refuge in...

Last Night I Dreamed of Feathers

Last night I dreamed of feathers, there were feathers everywhere, on my head, my hands, and in between my toes . Some were white with blueish-black dots and a rufous shaft, some were black and brown striped, others were blueish green, but overall they were...