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April 25, 2010

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April 25, 2010

I participated in local bird walks led by KBO volunteers shortly after moving to the sw Oregon area in mid 2009. I have since volunteered to be a leader on some of these walks and have continued to participate in walks led by other volunteers. The KBO staff are well organized and a pleasure to work with. I have also recently volunteered to edit their newsletter.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

interacting with the staff and volunteers. They are always friendly and very knowledgable about birds. Their enthusiasm for birds and for dealing with people interested in birds is obvious.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make a huge contribution to the storehouse of data about birds in North America and particularly in the northwest and perhaps more importantly greatly increase the awareness of the importance of birds and their habitat among the general public and media.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 25, 2010

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April 25, 2010

I worked with the Klamath Bird Observatory (John Alexander) prior to the official development of KBO. I have donated money at the fundraisers and am always so pleased with the people behind KBO and their efforts. As a Wildlife Biologist for the BLM I have used their publications in analyzing for certain activities and what the implications on birds may be (the science that supports it). John Alexander and his superb staff are always a pleasure to work with, open to partnerships, protect birds and their habitats through monitoring, research, and education/outreach. and

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the field, at fundraisers, professional publications applicable to my wildlife biologist job, and with new and continued friendships.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find them more money to support their excellent efforts and their education program.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The success they have shown and continue with.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Intelligent, passionate, funny, open, caring, and available.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

grow its program to educate more people, conduct more monitoring, and foster more partnerships.

Ways to make it better...

I could spend more time with the KBO Family.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Continued financial support from donors and monies available for grants.

One thing I'd also say is that...

KBO a real success story and supports conservation of birds and habitats.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 23, 2010

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April 23, 2010

Provided guidance in organization, management development, strategic planning, product development and fund raising from inception until January 2010. Saw the organization develop scientific prowess, develop tools to help manage bird habitat resources, become a local and national community leader and contributor, build a strong management team and achieve close to $1million in grants.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

all aspects of successful growth from start-up to its current state of close to $1million in grants/funding and to achieve both local and national recognition

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

participating in it's growth- scientifically, management depth and financially, from start-up to January 2010.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

comitted to the organization and its objectives, professional, fun loving

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be financially stable and increase its contribution to developing tools and recommendations for the preservation of the environment

Ways to make it better...

My residence was in Ashland, OR (KBO's location) rather than in Vancouver, WA, some 300 miles distant.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

ongoing funding(federal and private) to support research and development efforts

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 23, 2010

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April 23, 2010

The Klamath Basin is a fabulous arena for the observation and scientific study of many, many migratory birds. This often includes endangered species and endangered habitat. Klamath Bird Observatory is the premier organization in southern Oregon and northern California for avian ecology. The organization is very community friendly and socially responsible with strict adherence to the principles of good science. Personally, even though I have BS and MS degrees in Biology, I have learned much and developed a stronger appreciation of the modern dinosaurs, birds.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

well-schooled, sympathetic to public interest and committed to acute and effective scientific investigation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 23, 2010

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April 23, 2010

I was trained to band birds by KBO in the fall of 2005. I learned to take data, camp in cold beautiful settings, wake up at ridiculous times, organize equipment and generally work as an effective field biologist. KBO provided a small stipend and a gorgeous little field cabin as well as access to their head office in Ashland, OR. I worked hard and I learned a lot. After KBO, I was able to translate my skills into other bird jobs.I am graduating with a M.S. in biology this May and I would not have been accepted for this program without my years of field experience. I am grateful to KBO for helping me get started!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own life.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them more money

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learning about birds

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Devoted

Ways to make it better...

I would have learned more about their efforts in reducing grazing while I was working for them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004

April 22, 2010

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April 22, 2010

Klamath Bird Observatory runs a wonderful program for grade school children. They have a classroom presentation to prepare the kids for the outdoor activies--teaching them about birds and bird scientists (ornithologists). The next day, the kids are in the field where they observe mist netting; are taught to use binoculars; and go on a bird walk where they identify species (if older than 3rd grade) or identify birds by type of beak (if in 3rd grade). We count the numbers of birds and after the walk, the leader has the students calculate simple statistics. I'm impressed that they use real words like ornithologist, statistics, and species and don't

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning to work with kids...and of course, I get to see birds up close at the banding station.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hard working and enthusiastic.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

I lead outings for the organization and I am also a board member. As an outing leader,I am able to experience KBO's good works first-hand

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See first statement.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire a development director.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Watching young kids begin to develop environmental literacy and an environmental ethic...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professionsl, but with a personal focus.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a facility that it deserves

Ways to make it better...

The organization had a volunteer coordinator.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Needs a physical plant to call its own.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Great organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

Have had and continue to have great educational outings dealing with migratory bird conservation. I receive their newletter and am completely impressed by the quality and level of expertise this group consistantly shows in their research and conservation ethics regarding migratory birds and environmental conservation as a whole. They are energetic, creative, inclusive, humble, hard working individuals who believe in their cause.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

research for the Klamath Bioregion regarding habitat protection and the effects of habitat manipulation on Neotropical Migratory Birds.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it and clone John Alexander!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They have a conservation ethic I embrace and believe in myself.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Smart, energetic, friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Protect habitat, eliminate urban sprawl, enhance migratory songbird populations and survival.

Ways to make it better...

I would have been able to do more surveys with the group. However I needed to make a living greater than what the seasonal pay of the bird surveyers made.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Environmental degradation. That which faces us all.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm extremely biased toward living creatures besides humans and appreciate humans who are true stewards of the planet not just out for their own self interest unless of course that interest includes the non human inhabitants of this planet as well

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

I loved working for this organization. The staff is dedicated to the mission of conservation and education. Everyone I worked with put in volumes of time and concern into their work. The organization has received a lot of recognition in the bird science and education realm with few staff members. They continue to be very successful in spreading their mission!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the amount of dedication to educating the public about the importance for bird conservation and environmental conservation in general. Most people that live in the surrounding area of this nonprofit know about it and have had some experience with them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

I loved it! learned so much about bird communities and their environment. Learned to train others as well and had a lot of fun!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way I see birds now. They are very interesting creatures, very important in ecosystems.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how involved they are with the community

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, helpfull, caring and hard working

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

teach the community about avian conservation. Learn even more about avian communities and how they ar are affected by humans

Ways to make it better...

could not have been better

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

need for funds

One thing I'd also say is that...

One of the best experiences of my life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004

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