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Even people who do not consider themselves "birders" get excited when a bird flies by, displaying beautiful plumage. 

And the plumage is the point of Robert Clark's new book, called simply Feathers

Clark is a National Geographic photographer, and he turns his skills on bird exterior features in an astounding series of images.

"They grow up so fast," we always say of children.  Human children.  But our kids have nothing on the speed at which Baby Birds develop.  

  In her book by that name, artist and wildlife rehabilitator Julie Zickefoose tracks the progress of hatchlings born on her property, in words and paintings.  Eleven days from hatching to flying, in some cases.  

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Spring is in the air, and with it the many migratory bird species winging their way through the region.

The Pacific Flyway is something like a bird freeway for semi-annual migrations. 

This year marks a century since birds sparked a conservation movement in the United States.

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The Pacific Flyway is not for aircraft, but for birds. 

Migratory birds fly up and down the West Coast by the millions, with a number of important stops in our region. 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty, connecting the United States with neighboring countries that harbor the birds. 

Celebrations of the anniversary include the naming of Pacific Flyway Ambassadors to travel the Flyway behind the birds, drawing attention to the migration.

Don't call Noah Strycker a "bird nerd."  Oh wait, he calls himself that. 

And he is now a bird nerd without parallel, having spent last year seeing more than six-thousand bird species around the planet. 

And as birds of a feather flock together, Noah and fellow birders gather in the Klamath Basin this week for the annual Winter Wings festival. 

Fastest Things On Wings

Jul 6, 2015

In the list of unusual jobs, "hummingbird rehabber" must rank pretty high.  But hummingbirds do get hurt, and Terry Masear is there to help them back to health, where possible.  

  It seems that even people who are relatively jaded about wildlife get interested when hummingbirds are involved.  Terry describes her job and its successes in her book "Fastest Things On Wings."  


Even if you didn't notice the blooming flowers and warmer temperatures, you might have heard the singing of birds as spring settles into the region.

A bunch of migratory species show up in the springtime, and the people of the Klamath Bird Observatory go out to... uh, observe.

In fact, KBO leads "Talk and Walk" events to share the highlights of the seasonal birds.

The State Of The Birds 2014

Sep 9, 2014

The release of the State of the Birds report is an annual event; 2014 marks the fifth anniversary of the first report. 

And this one arrives today (September 9) with some additional poignancy: it comes 100 years, nearly to the day, since the last Passenger Pigeon died. 

The bird was so abundant in the 19th century, people with boards could whack a few out of the sky for a meal.

Celebrating Birds In The Rogue Valley

May 23, 2014

The abundant wildlife of our region is there to be looked at, if you have the means. 

And it doesn't take much in either means or time to watch birds. 

Birders revel in the sighting of birds both common and rare, and there's no special training involved. 

The Klamath Bird Observatory will try to help prospective birders take flight in the first-ever Mountain Bird Festival, coming to the Ashland area over Memorial Day weekend. 

The Christmas Bird Count

Jan 2, 2014

The definition of "Christmas season" truly depends upon the person. 

Some people celebrate for a month or more.