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  Our Chapter: Membership - Join KBAS

We invite you to join Klamath Basin Audubon Society, a chapter of the National Audubon Society.

Why become a member of Klamath Basin Audubon Society? To become a vital part of efforts related to local conservation issues and educational opportunities for members and the community.

How do I become a Member? Easy! Print the membership form , fill it out and send it and your dues to the address on the form.

What are the Membership Benefits? Annual membership in Klamath Basin Audubon Society provides:

  Board of Directors and Committees

General members are always invited and welcomed to attend the KBAS Board meetings to help in planning future activities and to discuss Board policies. See the Calendar or the latest newsletter for meeting dates, times, and places.

OfficerOfficers & Board MembersPhoneE-mail
PresidentBeth Phillips530-908-3412
Vice PresidentMolly Russell541-884-3868
SecretaryDarrel Samuels541-850-5832
TreasurerSherry Lindley541-205-5269
BoardMary Ellen Sargent541-850-3926
BoardDebra Davis325-660-9635
BoardRick Hardy541-882-3169
BoardRon Larson541-851-0981
BoardTom Essex541-273-7442
Committee Committee ChairPhoneE-mail
ConservationMarshal Moser541-880-4269
EducationJamie Blankenship319-610-5573
Field TripsGary Vequist402-290-6592
Grebe EditorJan Carlson530-219-1094
HospitalitySherry Pollock541-539-9001
MembershipMyki Spindle541-281-9992
ProgramsRick Hardy541-882-3169
PublicityMary Ellen Sargent541-850-3926
Grant ReviewJim Rooks541-851-0209
Winter Wings FestivalDiana Samuels541-850-5832
Winter Wings FestivalAnne Wenner541-882-1219


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  Our Chapter: Chapter History

Following enactment of the Endangered Species Act and Oregon's classification of the Bald Eagle as endangered within the state in 1973, biologists from California and Oregon learned of the significance of the Bear Valley area southwest of Klamath Falls to these iconic birds. Ralph Opp, one of those biologists who mapped the Bear Valley area, worked with The Nature Conservancy who brokered the transfer of private lands to the Fish and Wildlife Service. In 1978, 4000 acres of Bear Valley became the Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuge, 1000 acres being designated as the core eagle roosting area. In the same year, the Bald Eagle was placed on the federal endangered species list.

In 1980, the first Bald Eagle Conference was held in Klamath Falls with the help of the Portland and Eugene Audubon chapters and the Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuges. Issues of bald eagle management relative to the habitat, politics, and the economy of the area were discussed by professionals and conservationists. The conference included a fly-out experience at Bear Valley. The Klamath Basin Audubon Society (KBAS) was chartered in 1983 and began sponsoring the Bald Eagle Conference in 1984. The Bald Eagle Conference continued annually in February until 2005 when it was expanded and renamed the Winter Wings Festival. KBAS continues to produce the Winter Wings Festival, which draws hundreds of visitors annually to enjoy the eagles and many other bird species that make their winter home in the Klamath Basin. The Winter Wings Festival has been recognized by birding magazines as the oldest birding festival in the United States.


  Our Chapter: Bylaws