Cats and Wildlife—A Conservation Concern offers information about this problem and a how-to list for what can be done to help. Domestic and feral cats are a non-native predator that have an enormous negative impact on bird and other wildlife populations. Cats kill millions of birds each day in the US, amounting to over a billion each year—one of the greatest bird conservation challenges we face.
Information & Handouts
We have produced a series of community handouts--brief and informative guides and tip sheets for a variety of bird and habitat conservation issues. Some focus on our Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion and others are general topics for our wider community.
Reducing Bird Collisions with Windows provides information about how to reduce bird collisions with windows. In the US alone, millions of birds die each year from colliding with windows. The guide includes several suggestions for simple solutions we all can do to help turn this problem around.
If you find a dead bird with a metal band, color-bands, or any other marker or device attached, please report your finding at the Bird Banding Laboratory website.
You will be asked to report the band number and where and when you found the bird. The information will shared with the original bander and you will be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for your contribution to avian science that includes the bird's original banding location, date, and it's age at that time.
Selective Bird Feeding—How to Safely Feed Birds offers several tips for safe and responsible bird feeding. Hanging bird feeders is a great way to get to know your avian neighbors, brush up on your birding skills, and help birds. However, it is important to make sure that you use the right type of feeder in the right location so you do not harm birds, bring about changes in species composition, or attract non-native species.
Unsurprisingly, different birds have different nesting needs and it’s important to provide safe nest boxes appropriate for the birds you want to attract. Specifications for common box-nesting species and a list of additional resources are included.
Klamath Bird Observatory does not rehabilitate wildlife. If you do encounter an injured or apparently abandoned bird it is best to leave it alone, unless it is in immediate danger.
Remember, young birds recently fledged from the nest are often unable to fly, however they are likely still being cared for by their parents. Do not touch or remove them, the parents are likely nearby.
If the bird is more seriously injured, contact your local wildlife rehabber.