Field Trips – Birding and Cultural

Field Trips – Birding and Cultural2020-01-26T19:02:15+00:00

Thursday, February 13

F1 Running Y Feeder Hop 1

8:00 – 11:00 am, Meet at the Running Y Ranch Resort lobby (carpool field trip)
Join Darrel Samuels and Tom Essex to look for the Running Y Ranch Resort’s winter bird visitors.  You’ll visit several feeder locations via carpool and walking. Be on the lookout for forest woodpeckers such as the elusive White-headed Woodpecker, nuthatches, pine siskins, chickadees, etc. that sometimes frequent the area. Bird feeding and nest boxes will also be covered.

Fee: $20

F2 American Kestrel Trapping and Banding 1 [New]

11: 00 am – 5:00 pm, Meet at OIT Dow Center entrance
Join US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Matt Stuber as he bands and collects samples from American Kestrels in the Klamath Basin as part of a nationwide research project to study migratory connectivity across the species’ range (http://fullcyclephenology.com/researchareas/genoscape/).  Although Kestrels will be the focus of the trip, other raptors may be captured and banded as opportunities arise.  If capture efforts are successful, participants will have the opportunity to observe the process of banding, measuring, and sampling raptors.  Throughout the course of the field trip, Matt will also discuss field ID of local raptors. Binoculars strongly recommended for viewing birds from the vehicle. Includes lunch.

Fee: $50 (This fee is required solely to recoup costs associated with the field trip, such as shuttle bus and lunches)

Requirements: This is a scientific process that you will be participating in.

  • Once a raptor is located, the leader will attempt to lure and trap it. During the trapping process, photography will be limited to what is viewable from the shuttle van. You will need to be patient  to remain in the van during that time.
  • Upon capture, participants may exit the vehicle and observe the banding process. Once the bird is being processed you are welcome to take close-up photos.
  • Make sure to follow the leader’s safety requirements in the vehicle and outside.

F3  An Owl’s Eye View

12:00- 7:00 pm, Meet at OIT Dow Center entrance
This trip will focus on daytime viewing of Great-horned and Barn owls at their nests or roosts, and possibly viewing Short-eared owls foraging at dusk. Other bird species will be seen and pointed out along the way. Your guide, Kevin Spencer, will begin the adventure with a presentation on owls of the Klamath Basin and then it’s off to the bus to see “whoo’s” hanging around the Klamath Refuge and nearby locations. Includes lunch.

Fee: $60

F4 Birding Basics 1

1:00 – 4:00 pm, OIT College Union Sunset room followed by carpool field trip
If you enjoy seeing birds in your backyard and want to learn how to identify them, or if you’ve been looking for a new nature-oriented hobby, this is the class for you. Karl Wenner will begin with a presentation that introduces the major groups of birds and explains how to use field marks to identify common birds of the Klamath Basin. Then you’ll carpool to nearby hotspots to put your new skills to work. A fun and informative session for the novice birder.

Fee: $20

F6  Upper Klamath Basin Owl Prowl /W3 A Beginner’s Guide to Owl ID Workshop Combo [New]

3:00 – 4:00 pm, OIT College Union Mt. Bailey/Mt. Thielsen rooms
5:00 – 9:45 pm, Meet at OIT Dow Center entrance for bus trip
Join former Spotted Owl surveyor Damian Fagan in his W3 owl ID workshop followed by a night owl prowl in the upper Klamath Basin. Travel from Klamath Falls to the marshes and woodlands where we’ll look and listen for Great Gray, Great-horned, Northern Saw-whet, Barred and other owls that inhabit the northern portion of the Basin. Learn how to ID owls by their call and their natural history. Also includes a hearty, home-cooked dinner at Rocky Point

Fee: $50

Friday, February 14

F7 Secret Lives of Ducks 1 [New]

8:00 – 11:00 am, Meet at The Waffle Hut & Eatery banquet room, 2125 Main St, Klamath Falls
Ducks aren’t comical and innocuous goofballs. If they were people, they would be violent gangsters, abusive boyfriends, messed-up stars of reality TV. During this talk you will be treated to a hearty waffle breakfast to fortify you for the walk to nearby parks and trails. Nathan Pieplow will reveal the secrets that make ducks some of our most fascinating and misunderstood birds. You will play Mallard Courtship Bingo, learn about the Genital Arms Race between the duck sexes, and hear how ducks can literally manage to sleep with one eye open. (Note: this talk frankly discusses explicit aspects of duck sex and touches on themes of sexual violence.)

Fee: $40

F9 Running Y Feeder Hop 2

8:00 – 11:00 am, Meet at the Running Y Ranch Resort lobby (carpool field trip)
Join Darrel Samuels and Tom Essex to look for the Running Y Ranch Resort’s winter bird visitors.  You’ll visit several feeder locations via carpool and walking. Be on the lookout for forest woodpeckers such as the elusive White-headed Woodpecker, nuthatches, pine siskins, chickadees, etc. that sometimes frequent the area. Bird feeding and nest boxes will also be covered.

Fee: $20

F10 Finding Golden Eagles is the Goal/W2 Big Picture Tools for Golden Eagle Conservation Workshop Combo [New]

Thursday 1:15 – 2:45 pm, OIT College Union Mt. Bailey room
Friday 8:15 am – 3:15 pm, Meet at the OIT Dow Center entrance
See W2  for workshop description. Brian Woodbridge will take you on a fact-filled  tour of the Klamath Basin and beyond. You will see first hand what comprises prime Golden Eagle breeding and wintering habitat, track and hopefully observe some of Brian’s satellite telemetry tagged eagles, and of course, you will be looking at other raptor species along the way! Includes lunch.

Fee: $85 includes W2 workshop and field trip

F11 A Casual Morning Birding with Rosemary Mosco [New]

8:30 am – 1:30 pm, Meet at OIT Dow Center entrance.
Our featured keynoter, Rosemary Mosco, along with local expert Kevin Spencer, will take you on a casual outing to the birdiest spots in and around Klamath Falls. You’ll have time to appreciate the vibrant plumage of ducks on the lake and ponder the fine points of identification for wintering songbirds and sparrows. We’ll not only check birds off; we’ll watch them, observing behavior and asking questions all the way. And, of course, you’re bound to hear some great stories and learn new things from Rosemary along the way, a great precursor to her keynote presentation Saturday night. This trip will sell out fast! Limited to 12 participants. Includes a special lunch.

Fee: $75

F12 Eagle Viewing and More

8:45 am – 1:45 pm, OIT College Union Mt. McLoughlin room followed by bus field trip
Pacific Region Eagle Coordinator Matt Stuber will begin with a brief classroom discussion about Bald Eagles and their plumage characteristics. The classroom workshop will be followed by a field trip to locate and watch wild Bald Eagles, age them, and study their behavior.  Although Matt’s focus will be on eagles, he will stop for other raptors as opportunities arise. This trip is designed for birders only. Photographers will enjoy F25 Bald Eagle Photography Foray. Includes lunch.

Fee: $45

F14 Laid-back Birding

9:00 am – 2:30 pm, Meet at OIT Dow Center entrance
Not ready to leave at the crack of dawn? Bird with Marshal Moser from a bus that leisurely loops through the Basin. You’ll have an opportunity to stop along the way and view the famous Bald Eagles of the Basin, winter waterfowl, and numerous raptors. Birders of all skill levels are welcome to learn about Basin birds and their habitats. Includes lunch.

Fee: $50

F15 Ranger Led Klamath Refuges Tour 1

9:15 am – 2:15 pm, Meet at the OIT Dow Center entrance 
Refuge Ranger Steve Rooker will take you on a USFWS Refuge-sponsored tour through Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and/or Tule Lake NWR to learn about the ecology of the region and how the refuge manages habitat to benefit wildlife. Experience some of the most spectacular winter birding on the Pacific Flyway, see large concentrations of ducks, geese, swans and cranes while eagles hunt and feed on the seemingly endless supply of waterfowl, while receiving expert knowledge and valuable insight from a career Refuge Ranger.  Lunch available to purchase.

FREE but registration required

F18 Klamath Falls Guided Downtown Walking History Tour [New]

2:00 - 3:30 pm, Meet at Sugarman’s Corner, 533 Main Street, Klamath Falls
Join Todd Kepple, Klamath County Museum Manager, for a guided history walk down Main Street.  He will transport you to a time in the early 1900s when burgeoning lumbering and agriculture industries propelled the town from relative obscurity to prominence as the fourth-largest city in Oregon. The walk will cover a little less than 2 miles, including sections over geothermally heated sidewalks along Main Street. Along the way you'll see several sculptures by internationally renowned bronze artist Stefan Savides.

Fee: $10

Saturday, February 15

F20 Big Day

7:00 am - 4:30 pm, Meet at OIT Dow Center entrance
Dave Hewitt and Russ Namitz will lead you to a variety of habitats, including one or more of the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges and a number of other hotspots in the Klamath Basin. The pace will be quick; if you want to take photos, this is not the trip for you. For advanced level birders, listers, or intense intermediates. Limited to 12. Includes lunch.

Fee: $80

F22 Secret Lives of Ducks 2 [New]

8:00 - 11:00 am, Meet at The Waffle Hut & Eatery banquet room, 2125 Main St, Klamath Falls
Ducks aren’t comical and innocuous goofballs. If they were people, they would be violent gangsters, abusive boyfriends, messed-up stars of reality TV. During this talk you will be treated to a hearty waffle breakfast to fortify you for the walk to nearby parks and trails. Nathan Pieplow will reveal the secrets that make ducks some of our most fascinating and misunderstood birds. You will play Mallard Courtship Bingo, learn about the Genital Arms Race between the duck sexes, and hear how ducks can literally manage to sleep with one eye open. (Note: this talk frankly discusses explicit aspects of duck sex and touches on themes of sexual violence.)

Fee: $40

F23 Ranger Led  Klamath Refuges Tour 2

8:00 am - 1:00 pm, Meet at the OIT Dow Center entrance

Refuge Ranger Steve Rooker will take you on a USFWS Refuge-sponsored tour through Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and/or Tule Lake NWR to learn about the ecology of the region and how the refuge manages habitat to benefit wildlife. Experience some of the most spectacular winter birding on the Pacific Flyway, see large concentrations of ducks, geese, swans and cranes while eagles hunt and feed on the seemingly endless supply of waterfowl, while receiving expert knowledge and valuable insight from a career Refuge Ranger.  Lunch available to purchase.

FREE but registration required

F24 Raptors 101 Field Trip/W6  Raptors 101 Workshop Combo [New]

Friday 1:00 - 3:00 pm, OIT College Union Mt. McLoughlin room
Saturday 8:15 am to 3:15 pm, Meet at OIT Dow Center
Begin with the Friday Raptor 101 ID workshop. Then explore some of the Klamath Basin’s raptor hotspots with naturalist Damian Fagan on Saturday.  He’ll focus on field marks as well as shape, size, and general behavior to work your new skills at identifying local eagles, hawks and falcons. By day’s end, you’ll gain an appreciation for the prey base that attracts all these raptors to the Klamath Basin! Includes lunch.

Fee: $60 includes mandatory workshop W6

Requirements: Recommend that you purchase the laminated Raptors of North America guide by Kevin Karlson at the KBAS sales table for the field trip.

F26 Field Raptor Identification with Dick Ashford 1

8:30 am - 3:15 pm, Meet at Best Western Plus Olympic Inn, 2627 South 6th Street, Klamath Falls  (carpool field trip)
 The Saturday companion field outing to W6 will continue the teaching/learning experience in a mobile field classroom setting. The goal is for you to be able to identify 90% of the hawks you’ll encounter during our day together and have fun doing it! Carpooling is mandatory so we can access some special spots in the Basin. Includes lunch.

Note to Registrants: Limited to 4 vehicles on this carpool trip.

F27 American Kestrel Trapping and Banding 2 [New]

11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Meet at OIT Dow Center entrance
Join US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Matt Stuber as he bands and collects samples from American Kestrels in the Klamath Basin as part of a nationwide research project to study migratory connectivity across the species' range (http://fullcyclephenology.com/researchareas/genoscape/).  Although kestrels will be the focus of the trip, other raptors may be captured and banded as opportunities arise.  If capture efforts are successful, participants will have the opportunity to observe the process of banding, measuring, and sampling raptors.  Throughout the course of the field trip, as opportunities arise to do so, Matt will also discuss field ID of local raptors. Binoculars strongly recommended for viewing birds from the vehicle. Includes lunch.

Fee: $50 (This fee is required solely to recoup costs associated with the field trip, such as shuttle bus and lunches)

Requirements: This is a scientific process that you will be participating in.

  • Once a raptor is located, the leader will attempt to lure and trap it. During the trapping process, photography will be limited to what is viewable from the shuttle van. You will need to be patient  to remain in the van during that time.
  • Upon capture, participants may exit the vehicle and observe the banding process. Once the bird is being processed you are welcome to take close-up photos.
  • Make sure to follow the leader's safety requirements in the vehicle and outside.

F28 Cuds, Spuds and Suds Ag Tour [New]

12:00 - 5:30 pm, Meet at OIT Dow Center entrance
Not a birder or photographer? Then come on our behind the scenes tour to learn why agriculture is such an important part of the Klamath Basin rural economy. Jan Walker with Walker Brothers Farms and Rural Klamath Connects will be your guide on visits to Windy Ridge Dairy, a Gold Dust Farms potato processing facility, and the newest microbrewery in town, Skyline Brewery. Includes lunch, beer samples, and snacks.

Fee: $45

F29 Birding Basics 2

1:00 - 4:00 pm, OIT College Union Sunset Room followed by carpool field trip
If you enjoy seeing birds in your backyard and want to learn how to identify them, or if you’ve been looking for a new nature-oriented hobby, this is the class for you. Karl Wenner will begin with a presentation that introduces the major groups of birds and explains how to use field marks to identify common birds of the Klamath Basin. Then you’ll carpool to nearby hotspots to put your new skills to work. A fun and informative session for the novice birder.

Fee: $20

Sunday, February 16

F30 Another Big Day! [New]

7:00 am - 4:30 pm, Meet at OIT Dow Center entrance
Alex Lamoreaux  will lead you to a variety of habitats, including one or more of the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges and a number of other hotspots in the Klamath Basin. The pace will be quick; if you want to take photos, this is not the trip for you. For advanced level birders, listers, or intense intermediates. Includes lunch. Limited to 12.

Fee: $80

F32 Upper Klamath Basin Birding Tour

8:00 - 3:00 pm, Meet at OIT Dow Center entrance
The Klamath Basin is a funnel through which many of the birds that migrate along the Pacific Flyway pass, and the north end is often overlooked by birders in the winter. Take a tour with Marshal Moser of the diverse habitats and many of the top birding locations along and around Upper Klamath and Agency Lakes. Expect lots of winter raptors. There will only be a small amount of walking and much will likely be large open areas, but we also plan to stop at springs and wooded areas at the base of the surrounding mountains. Where we go will depend on our famously unpredictable Klamath Basin weather. Includes lunch.

Fee:$65

F33 Field Raptor Identification with Dick Ashford 2

8:30 am - 3:15 pm, Meet at Olympic Inn, 2627 South 6th Street, Klamath Falls (carpool field trip)
The Sunday companion field outing to W6 will continue the teaching/learning experience in a mobile field classroom setting. The goal is for you to be able to identify 90% of the hawks you’ll encounter during our day together and have fun doing it! Carpooling is mandatory so we can access some special spots in the Basin. Includes lunch.

Fee included in W6.

Note to Registrants: Limited to 4 vehicles on this carpool trip.

F34 West Basin Oak, Conifer, and Wetlands Habitat Tour

9:00 am - 2:00 pm, Meet at OIT Dow Center entrance
Russ Namitz will take you to some of the best birding spots closer to town including the Running Y Ranch. Birders of all skill levels are welcome to learn about Basin birds and their diverse habitats. Includes lunch.

Fee: $40

F35 Savides Bronze Sculpture and Taxidermy Tour [New]

9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Meet at Dow Center entrance
While you may have been lucky enough to see examples of  nationally renowned bronze artist Stefan Savides’ sculptures throughout downtown Klamath Falls, you could be one of the fortunate few to personally tour his studio and home with “Metal Man” Joe Miller.  In addition to viewing works in progress as well as items in his private collection, you’ll get a sneak peek at a bronze sculpture to be installed at the Favell Museum in Spring 2020  that encapsulates the culture and traditions of the Klamath Tribes. It is the first artistic piece of its kind in Klamath Falls, 10 feet tall and weighing 1,200 to 1,500 pounds. Samples of some of his best taxidermy mountings will also surround you. Check out his spectacular pond and the visiting and resident waterfowl a few steps away.

Fee: $30

Home and Outdoor Magazine recently published an article about Stefan's work. View it here