Winter Wings Festival

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Sat, February 18 2012 at 2:58 PM, Updated: Sat, February 18 2012 at 9:03 PM

Bird lovers from across the nation are roosting at Oregon Institute of Technology this weekend...

Klamath Audobon Society President Kathy McKeehan says this could be the biggest 'Winter Wings Festival' yet, with over 700 people registered... "It's bigger - we've got more kids that come through, we've got art that's absolutely fantastic, and a photography contest - and we just had a lot more people from all over the place."

There's a little of something for everyone, from the photography enthusiast to the young at heart. 

'Duck Whisperer' Charlie Thurston says it's also a good chance to meet some feathered friends up close:  "We enjoy showing the birds to people, to all the kids that come and pet them and everything, and have a good time with them."

The Winter Wings Festival is a natural fit for the Klamath Basin.  Festival volunteer Robert Kinkead says that bald eagles are one of the reasons he chose to live in Klamath Falls:  "I have always been fascinated with bald eagles, and this is the only place that I can get to see them year round without moving to Alaska."

The 33rd annual Winter Wings Festival will continue at OIT through Sunday.  You'll find details on the web at:  www.winterwings.org 

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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