Klamath Falls, Oregon
The 2017 version of the Winter Wings Festival, America’s oldest bird festival, celebrated the return of wintering Bald Eagles and Pacific Flyway waterfowl.
Winter Wings Festival Highlights
The Winter Wings Festival, which was headquartered at the College Union at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, offered 4 days of workshops, mini-sessions, field trips, receptions, keynote presentations, vendors, and hands-on activities for birders, photographers, and families.
“Even if you’ve attended before, this year we have new activities to keep the festival fresh and interesting,” said Anne Wenner, festival coordinator with the Klamath Basin Audubon Society.
Birders enjoyed a diverse group of activities that showcase the Klamath Basin. Several birding field trips that were scheduled at the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges complex.
Winter Wings Festival Celebrities
- Paul Bannick of Seattle kicks off our keynote series on Thursday with “Owl.” This award-winning photographer uses his intimate yet dramatic images to illustrate four different nesting owl species—Northern Pygmy, Burrowing, Great Gray, and Snowy—throughout the course of the year.
- Friday night features Chas Glatzer of North Carolina. He is a Canon Explorer of Light, a prestigious group comprised of the most influential photographers and cinematographers in the world, each a master of their creative specialty.
- Making his second Winter Wings appearance is author and researcher Scott Weidensaul of Pennsylvania. He will share the story of Project SNOWstorm — how a huge, collaborative research effort focused on snowy owls came together in a few frantic weeks to learn more about these mysterious Arctic hunters.
College Union, Oregon Institute of Technology
Klamath Basin Audubon Society – Heritage of Conservation and Appreciation
The Klamath Basin Audubon Society welcomes birders and nature enthusiasts to monthly programs, field trips, and other activities that revolve around the spectacular beauty of the Klamath Basin. The Klamath Basin straddles the Oregon-California border and includes Upper Klamath Lake and the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex. KBAS offers activities to educate people of all ages and works to protect and restore the resources that make the Basin a premier birding destination at all times of the year.
Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuge is closed to public entry because the access road is private. Please respect this decision by not taking private cars onto the Bear Valley Road for bald eagle viewing. This is especially relevant during the Winter Wings Festival.
Klamath Basin Audubon Society Educational Activities
In addition to the Winter Wings Festival, the Klamath Basin Audubon Society provides opportunities for people of all ages to experience the Klamath River Basin’s birds and natural resources, including the following:
- Field trips to observe and learn about the Basin’s birds and other natural resources.
- Maintenance of nest boxes for bluebirds and other species at Miller Island and Moore Park.
- Activities and information booth at local events, including International Migratory Bird Day (at Veterans Park, Klamath Falls, Oregon), the Tule Lake Bird Festival, and Earth Day.
- Coordination of educational programs for local teachers that take advantage of the resources provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
- Grant program that supports local elementary teachers with projects that connect kids with birds and nature.
The Klamath Basin Audubon Society, which is based in Klamath Falls, Oregon, publishes The Grebe newsletter six times a year with a message from the society’s president, news, a listing og upcoming events, field trip reports, guest columns and photographs.