BJ Matzen

BJ Matzen joined the KBO Board in 2010.  A lifelong resident of Oregon, he considers himself a product of Eastern Oregon, even though he was born in Portland.  BJ grew up on a ranch in Izee, which is in the valley of the south fork of the John Day River, 50 miles southwest of the city of John Day.

BJ earned bachelors degrees at OSU in Fish & Game and Animal Science, and a law degree from Willamette University.  He began his law practice in John Day, but has been practicing in Klamath Falls since 1972 with the exception of 4 years in The Dalles in the late 1980's.

BJ was a charter member of the Klamath Basin Audubon Society and incorporator of Klamath Wingwatchers, a non profit organization dedicated to public education regarding Klamath Basin wildlife and wetland habitats.  He has served as the president of each group a number of times.  BJ enjoys the interaction of birds and their habitat, which is why he was drawn to KBO. His mantra is "Educate, don't Litigate."

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Shannon Rio

Shannon joined the board in the spring of 2012. Professionally, Shannon just retired from a career as a family nurse practitioner in private practice with her husband Dr. Kirk Gooding. She has worked with hospice in Spokane and the low income population of the Rogue Valley, and has received awards for her work with homeless and on woman's health issues. Her passions are being in nature and studying birds and plants. Other important elements in her life include her family, who live locally, playing tennis, and taking trips to rural places, with a special love of the rural areas of Mexico.

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Laura Fleming

From playing in the creek behind my house as a child in Cincinnati, OH to obtaining a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and Management from Michigan State University, I have always been interested and connected to the natural world and its wildlife.  I lived in a tipi for 3 years in Michigan, and during this time I met my husband. We moved to Oregon in 1997 and now enjoy living on our 100 wooded acres on Antelope Creek in Eagle Point. I have developed habitat for wild birds in my front yard with feeders, houses, baths, and ponds, and we enjoy a great number and variety of birds.  I consider myself a life- long student of birding, finding there is always more to learn and discover. In the past, I have worked for several non-profit organizations including animal shelters and a wildlife rehabilitation center. I am currently the owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford, where I enjoy helping customers develop and enjoy backyard bird habitats. My main focus in life is on conservation of the environment and the promotion of healthy habitats for birds and other wildlife. I am honored to help the Klamath Bird Observatory advance its mission.

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Carol Mockridge

Carol moved to Ashland from Seattle in 2013 after an extensive search for the ideal place to retire. Birding and volunteering are high on her life list. She learned about the upcoming first Mountain Bird Festival while taking Harry Fuller's Winter Birds of Ashland class and volunteered to be the marketing kingbird.

She believes KBO mission is critical to give our leaders and citizens the information to make decisions that will protect our environment in the future.

Carol has a BFA in Fine Arts from Washington State University and a BA in Communications from University of Washington. She taught high school art, graphic design and photography for 9 years. She then worked for county government for 25 years in various public relations, marketing and communications positions. Carol also served as webmaster for Pierce County.

Carol enjoys hiking, cycling, kayaking and world travel. Birding is always an integral part of these adventures.

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Karl Schneck

 Karl started birding at 11 years old in Santa Rosa, CA, birding for three years with two of California's greatest birders as mentors, Gordon Bolander and Mike Parmeter. Karl then got distracted for over 50 years, busy with college, dental school, and work. Karl restarted in 2014 with the Ashland Christmas Bird Count and he  can't believe he ever stopped. Now Karl is loving it more than ever with a passion to learn all he can about the birds. "Birding grounds me and connects me to nature, while bringing together two of my long time interests: birds and photography." Karl has become involved with KBO and he hopes to give back to the birds a small token of what they have given him.

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Dick Ashford, MS, HONORARY BOARD MEMBER

Dick first joined the KBO Board in Spring 2005.  He served as Board President from 2007 to 2009, when he was elected as Board Chair of the American Birding Association, a position he held until late 2010.  Shortly after completing those duties, he was re-elected as KBO’s President in December 2010, and served again until 2013.

Dick describes himself as a continuing student of birds and birding.  He volunteers as a birding tour leader for several organizations, including KBO.  A raptor enthusiast, he enjoys leading hawk watching trips to southern Oregon’s Klamath Basin.  He teaches a “Hawks” class at a local university, and gives raptor presentations to community groups in both Oregon and California.  He is the originator of the San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival’s popular “Hawk Heaven” outings, and teaches “Hawks for Beginners” at the annual Winter Wings Festival in Klamath Falls.

Dick, a former Mayor of Sonoma, CA, has served as Chair of Sonoma County’s Recycling Agency, and board member of such diverse groups as a Fire and Rescue Authority, the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and the Charles Schwab Cup Golf Championship.  He is an active birder with over 700 species on his ABA-area list.

Dick has an M.S. in Computer Science and extensive experience in engineering program management.  Prior to his retirement, he created a U.S. State Department-sponsored program that brought program management training to former Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact nations.

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