Friends of Klamath Basin Birds projects
Western Grebe Reflecting
Western Grebe Reflecting

Photo by Loree Johnson

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Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull

Photo by Howard West

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Greater White Fronted Geese-TuleLake
Greater White Fronted Geese-TuleLake

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Western Grebe Reflecting
Western Grebe Reflecting

Photo by Loree Johnson

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Hover your mouse over the photos to see the bird names and photographer credit. Click any photo to view the slide show at your leisure.

Projects and events that support wild birds in the Klamath Basin will be our priority.

#1 Common Waterbirds of the Klamath Basin

Photographers Mary Williams Hyde and Jack Noller, along with photographer/writer Loree Johnson and writer Shannon Rio of the Klamath Bird Observatory have been working as volunteers with Klamath Basin Refuge staff for several months on creating 2-sided fact sheets for each of about 66 or so Common Klamath Basin Waterbirds. Creating separate fact sheets led us to realize we had a book too! First an eBook will be published for distribution on websites and social media, and next year it will be printed by the refuge for use in their community education programs. 

We are now finalizing the copy and photos to make sure our descriptions and photos are correct.

Stay tuned to see the eBook when it is finished

Photo below by Howard West

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#2 Comprehensive review of how we promote birding, of the refuges, and of whether the experience of local and out of area visitors to bird the Klamath Basin could be improved.

First thing we will do is survey Facebook pages

of west coast and national birding groups to get feedback on visitor experiences here. 

Second thing we will do is review local services, events, organizations including Travel Klamath, websites and publications....what is working, what is not.

Third thing we will do is to create suggestions for strengthening and coordinating marketing and

the visitor experience so that it we get our fair share of the billion dollar birding tourism industry.

Fourth thing we will do is create a report of our findings for distribution with the questions and concerns we have along with a summary of what we are doing well that does not need improvement.

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I am proud to have worked with US Fish and Wildlife's John Fitzroy to produce this colorful educational piece promoting the Junior Refuge Ranger program in 2021.  

– Mary Williams Hyde

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