Date(s) - Monday, October 8, 2018
8:30 am - 10:30 am
7 Mile Guard Sation
Hello RVAS members. I am pleased to announce an opportunity to see the long running banding research project carried out by the Klamath Bird Observatory in action! KBO has carried out banding in the Klamath Siskiyou Bioregion for the better part of 20 years and have generously offered to demonstrate their work for Rogue Valley Audubon Society members at the beautiful 7 Mile Guard Station located four miles west of Fort Klamath. Those interested in learning more about field methods used by ornithologists to study bird populations and want an opportunity to see a variety of bird species very close up will not want to miss this trip.
Banding provides critical information on bird movements, age demographics, and individual condition that is impossible to gather as effectively from any other research technique. It also provides banders and observers with the privilege of observing birds in the hand where subtle details of their form and color are able to be witnessed in a way that is impossible even from the best looks of birds otherwise. Come join us is observing KBO’s skilled ornithologists and interns gather data on our region’s birdlife right in front of your eyes!
When: Monday, October 8 at 8:30 am. We will also meet at the Ashland Rite Aid at 6:50 am for those who wish to carpool from Ashland.
Where: 7 Mile Guard Station, Fremont-Winema National Forest
Directions from I-5:
- Take Dead Indian Memorial Rd and Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway to Hackler Rd in Fort Klamath.
- Follow Hackler Rd and Nicholson Rd to NF-33. Look for 7 Mile Cabin on the left shortly after the road turns to gravel.
How to register: Email Nate Trimble (firstname.lastname@example.org) to RSVP for the trip. There is no cost but the trip is limited to 20 participants and the first 20 people to RSVP will be given spots in the trip.
Note: Banding involves capturing and handling wild animals and is inherently an invasive way to study birds. While captured birds are released unharmed after they are banded, the process requires delicate work from highly trained and skilled ornithologists. We ask all participants to talk at low volumes and follow any directions given by the banders to minimize stress and risk to the animals.