El hambre

Phew. A heavy sigh of relief escaped my mouth. Ten birds handled in under twenty-five minutes, that was a record for me, and the normal, safe rate at which a bird bander is expected to handle a live specimen. After a month of scrambling to bring my skills up to Read more…

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 in coffee shops over the Read more…

The Bird Herd

Put a bunch of bird nerds together in a wildlife refuge with some of the field’s top ornithologists and what do you get: the Western Bird Banding Association Annual Conference. The day I arrived at the Klamath Bird Observatory, my supervisor laid out a piece of paper and told me Read more…

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 banding is a technique Read more…

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 my personal effort to control Read more…