Mission: Study and protection of wild bird communities
Programs: Rearch and monitoring - conducts long-term monitoring and applied and theoretical research projects that use birds as ecological indicators. Birds tell us about the functioning of the environment as a whole, and this has important consequences for birds, other wildlife, and human communities.
education, informatics, science development, conservation - develop and deliver scientific results and bird conservation messages to decision makers in support of sustainable natural resource management and ecosystem conservation. Provide technical and human resources for effective data input, management, discovery, access, and analysis. Maintain and expand collaborations to provide capacity for meeting our mission and maximizing the effectiveness of our work and conservation outcomes. Through internships and workshops, provide technical skill development in the areas of bird monitoring and research methodologies, science delivery, and science education. Provide unique and diverse community learning opportunities that foster an appreciation for birds and an interest in science-based bird and habitat conservation. Integrate needs for science and outdoor education by delivering curriculum and supporting programming.
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.
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