Harry Fuller's first book, Freeway Birding: San Francisco to Seattle, makes extensive use of eBird data to connect travelers in the Pacific States to the birds they can see at rest stops and wildlife refuges along their way. The book contains over 100 useful maps and describes dozens of locations within 20-minutes drive of the major north-south freeways in the region. Freeway Birding will be published by Living Gold Press on February 10th, 2013.
Harry Fuller is an experienced bird guide and a Klamath Bird Observatory Board Member. Harry will discuss and sign his new book at several local events:
Wednesday, Feb. 27: Book signing, with profits going to the Klamath Bird Observatory, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at 320 Beach St., Ashland
Saturday, March 2: Book signing, 1 p.m., at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford
Tuesday, March 12: Presentation and book signing, sponsored by Northwest Nature Shop, at 7 p.m. at the GIOS Building, 84 Fourth St., Ashland
Thursday, March 14: Grants Pass Audubon meeting, 6:30 p.m., in Classroom 611 at Grants Pass High School, 830 NE Ninth St., Grants Pass
The 2013 Winter Wings Festival - based out of the area of the Klamath Basin around Klamath Falls, Oregon - will be held February 14-17th. Sign up soon because registration is going fast. There is an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, featuring George Lepp, Alvaro Jaramillo, and Kevin Karlson. John Alexander will present a conservation message. To register and learn more about the extensive array of presentations and field trips, visit the Winter Wings Festival's website at winterwingsfest.org
With eBird now gathering millions of bird records every month, it has become an increasingly valuable database for science, research, and conservation. Putting your data into the hands of scientists and conservationists is what we do at eBird, and we have been flooded (in a good way!) with data requests over the past months. The increasing volume of these requests spurred the development and release of new online data request and access tools at eBird and the Avian Knowledge Network. These tools will enable the science and research community to more quickly and easily access eBird data, and they will enable us to keep track of who is using eBird data and for what purpose. eBirders everywhere should feel empowered and satisfied that your hard work is being recognized and used by the science community. Read on to learn more about the new data download tools.
This winter's theme is that a fair number of species--especially Red and White-winged Crossbills, redpolls, Pine Grosbeaks, and Evening Grosbeaks--are likely to be on the move this year due to widespread crop failure of fruiting and cone-bearing trees in Canada.
We are pleased to announce that the August 2012 taxonomic update for eBird has now been fully implemented. World-traveling eBirders should have gained some new species on your life lists since dozens of splits in Asia, South America, and Africa are included in this update; please read on below for details. Please check your records carefully (especially "splits") and let us know if you notice anything that seems amiss. eBirders should use Avibase to help understand the different names and taxonomies used by eBird (and Clements), the IOC, Howard and Moore, and others. Just type a bird name into the search and Avibase shows all the names and populations that it could represent. Below we document all the significant changes for this taxonomic update.
Just before 6:00pm Pacific time on 8 August 2012, Liron Gertsman of Vancouver, British Columbia, submitted the 100 millionth observation to eBird. It was of an American Robin; one of 24 species that Liron saw at the Maplewood Conservation Area that day. The director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, John Fitzpatrick said, "This is a true milestone in the history of field ornithology and citizen science. The power of so much data is only just beginning to be recognized around the world. I look forward to the time when even 100,000,000 observations seems like a quaint number! With eBird taking off so spectacularly now, that day is not so far off, and we are starting to discover some amazing new patterns about the natural world thanks to all these thousands of volunteer observers."
December 14 will begin the 112th Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season, and the first big weekend of counts will be 17-18 December. The Christmas Count is the largest and longest-running ornithological citizen science project. Its data are a great complement to what we are collecting in eBird, and indeed the CBC has paved the way for eBird in many respects. It is not a problem to enter data in eBird and then submit it for the CBC too, since the two projects are collecting data in similar ways, but at different scales. eBird can be a great way to store your sector-level data and compare it from year to year.
Registration is now open for the 33rd Annual Winter Wings Festival, being held over President's Day weekend in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Sponsored by the Klamath Basin Audubon Society, Winter Wings is one of the longest-running bird festivals in the United States. This year's Winter Wings Festival will feauture keynote speakers Kenn Kaufman, birder and celebrated authour of Kingbird Highway, and renowned nature photographer Darrell Gulin.
This holiday season, consider participating in your local Christmas Bird Count. The Christmas Bird Count is a long-standing citizen science effort that provides valuable information on winter bird populations in the U.S. It's also a lot of fun, and a great way to get outdoors in the winter and get to know your local birding community!
Klamath-Siskiyou eBirders: Here is some information about eBird version 3, the new and improved eBird interface. The new version makes eBird data entry easier, and provides powerful new tools and features for using eBird's vast database. Check it out today! The following article was originally published at www.ebird.org on October 7th, 2011:
In the Fall of 2005 we launched eBird Version 2. Major changes to the site at that time included the addition of the 'My eBird' pages, and a redesigned 'look and feel'. We've come a long way since then! eBird Version 3 incorporates many of your ideas, and we're proud of the improvements we've made over the last few years. Your feedback has enabled us to launch eBird globally, helped us create a better and more streamlined data entry system, helped develop the fun side of birding through tools like the 'eBird Top 100', and helped us build better mapping tools that allow you to access the database in a better and more comprehensive manner. We appreciate all your participation, dedication, and support over the years, and we're happy to announce the official launch of eBird Version 3.
Looking for a new place to eBird? Consider combining a birding trip with a visit to one of the vineyards highlighted in Klamath Bird Observatory's 2nd Annual Best of the Bioregion wine competition. This unique wine competition features vineyards and wineries that work to practice sustainable and wildlife friendly farming and grape production in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon and northern California.
Mark your calendars! On Saturday, September 17th, Klamath Bird Observatory will host its 4th annual Wings and Wine Gala, benefiting bird research and education in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion. This fun annual event will take place at Historic Hanley Farm in Central Point from 6-10 pm.
On May 3rd, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Harris Sherman released the 2011 State of the Birds Report on Public Lands and Waters. This year’s report follows the 2009 State of the Birds Report and the 2010 State of the Birds Report on Climate Change. All three reports were developed through the American Bird Conservation Initiative U.S. Committee, with support from many state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations.
In 2011 local NGO Klamath Bird Observatory again played a key role in the development of the report, with KBO Executive Director John Alexander serving as a member of the Science Team that authored the report. eBirders were valuable contributors to the report, providing citizen science data on the abundance and distribution of hundreds of bird species. These data fed into models that predict the occurrence of these species across nearly 850 million acres of public land. To view the 2011 State of the Birds Report, visit www.stateofthebirds.org.
In 2011 the Winter Wings Festival marked its third year as an official eBird festival, and it was without question our best year yet! Field trips and other observations throughout the Festival recorded a total of 113 species and hundreds of thousands of individual birds. Previous species totals were 82 in 2009 and 93 in 2010. The higher species count and the overall increase in the number of birds reported was due to the dedicated efforts of the Festival coordinators, Klamath Bird Observatory staff, and a terrific crew of field trip leaders and assistants.
This coming weekend, the Klamath Basin Audubon Society is sponsoring an Advanced Raptor Identification Weekend with renowned raptor expert Bill Clark. Spaces are still available!
What: Advanced Raptor Identification Weekend
When: March 4-6 (March 4: 7-9 pm; March 5/6: all day)
Where: Klamath Falls, Oregon
The 32nd annual Winter Wings Festival is fast approaching! Join us this President's Day weekend in Klamath Falls for three days of workshops, classes and birding in one of the nation's top winter birding destinations.
On Dec. 29th, 2010, about forty birders hit the snow-covered sidewalks, hillsides, trails and lakeshores of Ashland in a newly reinstituted Christmas Bird Count. The last official Ashland count was in 1941.
Registration for the 2011 Winter Wings Festival is now open! This year's festival will take place from February 18th-20th, 2011 in Klamath Falls, OR. Register today to ensure your space at this fantastic annual event, which features dozens of classes, workshops, field trips and guest lectures for bird enthusiasts of all ages.
From December 14th to January 5th, join the Audubon Society and thousands of other birders across the country in contributing citizen science data through the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). This count is the oldest in the nation, and contributes valuable information to our understanding of wintering birds in the United States.
In mid-October, the Klamath Bird Observatory served as the local host for a joint Oregon/Washington and California Partners in Flight climate change workshop in Ashland, Oregon. The workshop was designed to promote information sharing, inform ecological planning, and identify information gaps and monitoring needs related to landbirds in Washington, Oregon, and California in the context of climate change.