US Fish and Wildlife
|"Every sandpiper praises its own swamp."
(Every man praises what is familar and dear to him)
- Russian saying
|Rogue Valley Audubon Society
PO Box 8597
Medford, OR 97501
|Something to ponder: "The last word of ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What good
is it?' If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not.
If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like, but do not understand, then who but a
fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of
Aldo Leopold, The Sand County Almanac
John Kemper, serving as Secretary of the Committee, contributed many hours of his time in coordinating
the effort to produce this up-to-date and very comprehensive publication. An essential tool for birders
seeking information on the abundance of various species, it also serves as a useful guide to some of the
best birding locations in Jackson County.
This 2009 edition has many changes from the earlier ones. Nine new species have joined the list. New
sightings of rare or unusual species have been entered; and the treatment of relative abundance on the
bar charts has been re-done for some species, to reflect the recent experience of the members of the
Committee. The bar charts have been reorganized into a new sequence, to reflect action by the AOU.
Some new birding sites have been added to the section on Jackson County birding locations; and the
descriptions of some of the birding sites have been revised to reflect current conditions.
If you are a Jackson Country birder, you will want a copy of this new edition. It is available in local
bookstores and nature shops, or directly from RVAS. The $5 price has not been raised from that of the
second edition. RVAS members may order copies at the member’ discounted price of $4, including
shipping and handling. Send a check payable to RVAS, with a note indicating the number of copies you
wish to purchase, to RVAS, P.O. Box 8597, Medford, OR 97504.
Southern Oregon's Birdlife
Including: Klamath Basin, Rogue River Valley, Southern Cascades,
and Siskiyou Range, by John Kemper.
**** no longer in print, but might be found and purchased online ****
About this 328-page book:
"This is a book for beginning and experienced birders alike, who want to know more about the birds of
Southern Oregon. Since one of the major birding areas of Southern Oregon - the Klamath basin - lies
astride the Oregon and California border, the book also covers that part of Northern California that lies
inside the upper drainage basin of the Klamath River. It is an informal book which is not burdened with
scientific detail, but nevertheless tries to be scientifically accurate. It covers all the bird species that are
known to have occurred in the region, even the rare ones. Mostly, it tells about the birds themselves,
where they live, and how they behave. Some information on identification is included, especially for these
species that traditionally give trouble."
Guide to Birds of the Rogue Valley
by Barbara W. Massey and Dennis P. Vroman
300 pp.; Publisher Oregon Field Ornithologists. Price: $24.85. Available at Ashland and Grants Pass
bookstores, and on-line from the American Birding Assn. and Buteo Books.
"The Rogue Valley in southwest Oregon has long been renowned for the beauty of its bucolic landscape,
for fine theater and music festivals, for excellent restaurants, and more recently for its vinyards and
wineries. Less well known, except to Oregonians, is that the valley and its surrounding mountains comprise
a richly varied bird-watching area that hosts more than 300 avian species.
This book introduces bird lovers to the region and gives detailed information on 20 easily visited sites in
the valley and its surrounding mountains. Each site was visited monthly for two years or more to obtain
data on avian distribution, occurrence, abundance and seasonality. One can choose to visit habitats that
range from riparian corridors and grasslands on the valley floor, oak woodlands and mixed conifer-
hardwood forest at mid-range elevations, and montane forest high on Mt. Ashland. A detailed introduction
to the region and its geography, botany and birdlife is followed by chapters on the 20 sites, species
accounts, breeding birds, rare species, owls, a plant list, and more."
Northwestern California Birds
by Stanlew W. Harris
Living Gold Press has just published the third edition of Northwestern California Birds. It was originally
published by Humboldt State University but has been out of print for a couple of years. Dr. Harris spent
over 2000 hours revising and updating this latest 460 page edition. The book covers over 35,000 square
miles of NW California, includes detailed habitat descriptions, bar graphs, status and distribution for over
500 species, maps to local hot spots. Available at www.livinggoldpress.com/nwcabirds.htm
Klamath River Bird Finder
by Bob Claypole
The 2004 publication of Klamath River Bird Finder is a bird finding guide from your neighbors just across
the border! This spiral bound 304 page book includes tours for 150 miles of the river, bar graphs and
species accounts for over 200 species and includes a Big Day tour with over 200 possible species. Check
it out at www.livinggoldpress.com/birdhome.htm Can also be purchased at Northwest Nature Shop in
Ashland and Mckenzie Outfitters in Medford.
* Southern Oregon's Birdlife: Including Klamath Basin,
Rogue River Valley, Southern Cascades, and Siskiou
* Guide to Birds of the Rogue Valley by Barbara W. Massey
and Dennis P. Vroman
* Northwestern California Birds by Stanley W. Harris
* Klamath River Bird Finder by Bob Claypole
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