Research TopicsWildlife & Fish: Bird Monitoring
Klamath Bird Monitoring Network:
In September 1993, biologists from several agencies and private organizations
from southwest Oregon and northern California met at the Redwood Sciences
Laboratory in Arcata, California to discuss the need for cooperative
effort to promote the standardization of methods of monitoring landbirds
and to create a regional database for the monitoring of landbird populations.
With the active sponsorship of Region 5 of the U.S. Forest Service,
the Redwood Sciences Lab has been able to take on coordination of
The group evolved to make up the most concentrated
network of monitoring sites in North America. Formerly known as
the Klamath Demographic Monitoring Network, they have expanded to
include monitoring in all seasons, with an emphasis on banding data,
and thus changed their name to reflect this new mission.
Communication and training within the network is facilitated by
the personnel of the Regional Data Center at the Redwood Sciences
Laboratory of the U.S. Forest Service, as well as personnel at the
Klamath Bird Observatory.
The Center has acted as a repository for data collected in the region.
Through the Center, cooperators in the network have access to data
collected by all the participants. This provides a regional database
covering a broad biogeographical area from which generalized conclusions
of landbird population trends and composition can be made. The network
is also an active participant in the Landbird
Monitoring Network of the Americas (LaMNA), and is working with
them to submit regional data to their regional data node to be harvested
by the Avian Knowledge
It is intended that a regional network augments national programs,
such as Monitoring Avian Productivity
and Survivorship Program (MAPS), BBIRD,
and the Bird Banding Laboratory,
and provides a local center that cooperators can turn to for help,
encouragement, materials, feedback, supplementary personnel, training,
data, and other information, not as readily available from the national
Current and past participants in the network include:
- Klamath Bird Observatory, Oregon
- Humboldt Bay Bird Observatory, California
- Point Reyes Bird Observatory, California
- Humboldt State University, California
- Pacific Lumber Company, California
- Simpson Timber Company, California
- Bureau of Land Managment, Roseburg, Oregon
- U.S. Forest Service, Gold Beach Ranger District, Oregon
- U.S. Forest Service, Rogue River National Forest, Oregon
- U.S. Forest Service, Big Bar Ranger District, California
- U.S. Forest Service, Oak Knoll and Smith River Ranger Districts,
- U.S. Forest Service, Mendocino National Forest, California
- U.S. Forest Service, Siskiyou National Forest, California
- U.S. Forest Service, Region 5, California
- U.S. Forest Service, PSW Research Station, Redwood Sciences
- U.S. National Park Service, Redwood National Park, California
- California Division of State Parks, Mendocino District, California
- Dennis Vroman, private station operator, Grants Pass, Oregon
- Bill Delany, private land owner, Orleans, California
For further information, please contact Kimberly
Hollinger or C.
John Ralph at this station.
- Alexander, John D., C. John Ralph, Kimberly Hollinger, and Bill
Hogoboom. 2004. Using a wide-scale landbird monitoring network
to determine landbird distribution and productivity in the Klamath-Siskiyou
region. Pp. 33-41 in Kristi L. Mergenthaler, Jack E. Williams,
and Erik S. Jules, eds. Proceedings of the Second Conference on
Klamath-Siskiyou Ecology, Cave Junction,Oregon, May 29-31, 2003.
Siskiyou Field Institute, Cave Junction, Oregon.