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Vesper Sparrow and feathered friends: walk led by Frank Lospalluto

  • Vesper Meadow 16534 Dead Indian Memorial Road Ashland, OR, 97520 United States (map)

The Walking Event:

As part of the Klamath Bird Observatory’s Talk and Walk series, we’ll take an early morning stroll along the forest and meadow edge to explore birds during the early breeding season with regional birding expert Frank Laspolluto. Frank has over 30 years experience as a field biologist, and is known for his extensive local knowledge and impeccable ear for bird song.

The Place:

The Vesper Meadow Restoration Preserve recently become an eBird Hotspot, and has long been known by local birders as home to charismatic birds like Sandhill Cranes, Great Gray Owls, and other large raptors. On our walk, we will pay special attention to the Restoration Preserve's namesake species, the Oregon Vesper Sparrow.

The Oregon Vesper Sparrow

Estimated to be down to 2,000-3,000 individuals, the rare Oregon Vesper Sparrow can be easily found at Vesper Meadow and the neighboring Lily Glen Equestrian Park in the spring and summer. The Vesper Meadow Restoration and Education Program is partnering with the Klamath Bird Observatory to continue monitoring this imperiled species. Come experience an outing about the Vesper Sparrow, and to support the conservation of this species. **

We’ll also talk about our participatory community science programs and how the public can get involved in weekly monitoring efforts through July 2019.

Bring binoculars, waterbottle and snacks. We’ll have extra binoculars on hand to borrow.

RSVP required - please contact KBO Board Chair Shannon Rio at

Suggested donation: $30

**Proceeds from this walk will go to support Vesper Sparrow research and education programs through the Klamath Bird Observatory, and Vesper Meadow Education Program

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