KBO members Vince Zauskey and Shannon Rio will lead a field trip to the Ft. Klamath area to look for birds not normally seen in the Rogue Valley and also enjoy the splendor of this area’s aspen trees and other fall colors.
Some of the stops we’ll take will be Kimball State Park, headwaters to the Wood River, where birds such as Red Crossbill, Evening Grosbeak, Williamson’s Sapsucker and White-headed Woodpecker are a possibility. A nearby park on the Wood River has also had previous fall sightings of Pygmy Nuthatch. Rocky Point will offer us looks at water birds such as the White Pelican, Green Heron and Belted Kingfisher.
We’ll also look for resident raptors including Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle and fall migrants such as Rough-legged Hawk, Merlin and Prairie Falcon.
Bring a lunch and beverage (no alcoholic beverages please), dress appropriately for late summer-type weather or cooler fall temperatures.
Vince Zauskey is also a long-time member of the Rogue Valley Audubon Society. He has led field trips locally and regionally, teaches bird classes at North Mountain Park and conducts quarterly bird surveys also. During the 1980’s and 90’s he did Northern Spotted Owl monitoring for both the U.S. Forest Service in northern California and the Medford office of the Bureau of Land Management.
Shannon Rio is Board President of the Klamath Bird Observatory. As a wildlife educator, she glories in the connection to nature and sharing it with others.