Birder's Guide

MAY 2015

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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Mountain Bird Festival 18 Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community | May 2015 and Northern Goshawk, to the diminutive Chestnut-backed Chickadee and Pygmy Nuthatch. The area is rich in woodpeck- ers, including Acorn and Lewis's, Black- backed and White-headed, as well as Red-breasted and Williamson's Sapsuck- ers. Mountain Quail call from the steep- est slopes, and Western Tanagers provide sparks of bright color against the dark green of the conifers they love. American Dippers breed in town along the creek in Lithia Park. The nearby mead- ows and brushy mountain slopes harbor Vesper Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, MacGil- livray's Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, and Mountain Bluebird. Above 4,000 feet, the Douglas-fr forests shelter Hermit Warbler, Cassin's Vireo, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, and Gray Jay. Klamath Bird Observatory's Mountain Bird Festival celebrates these and other birds while raising funds and awareness for their continued survival. This year's festival will be held from May 29 th to May 31 st , with help from partner organizations including the City of Ashland, the Ash- land Chamber of Commerce, and Science- Works Hands-On Museum. The festival emphasizes the important roles of citizens and science in elevating bird conserva- tion; in fact, every festival attendee acts as a signifcant conservation steward by (1) donating to the National Wildlife Refuge System, (2) donating to Klamath Bird Ob- servatory's conservation science programs, and (3) contributing feld trip bird sight- ings to the eBird database through the re- gional portal, eBird Northwest. First, each festival-goer supports conser- vation by purchasing a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation [Duck] Stamp through their registration payment. Birders who are serious about fun and conservation. Photo © Brandon Breen The Rogue River was one of the original eight rivers included in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. Photo © Theresa Breen Adult male Anna's Hummingbird. Photo © Peter J. Thiemann Great Gray Owl is featured on the Mountain Bird Festival logo and was seen on multiple feld trips during the 2014 festival. Photo © Peter J. Thiemann

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