Sciences RM 225

1250 Siskiyou Blvd.

Ashland, OR  97520

(541) 552-6797





B.A. 1976. University of Montana. Missoula, MT
M.S. 1980. Portland State University, Portland, OR
PhD. 1985. University of California, Los Angeles, CA



Ornithology (Bi471/571)
Conservation Biology (Bi438/538)

Concepts in Environmental Education (EE524)

Special Methods in Environmental Education (EE525)

Place-based Curriculum Development (EE527)

Environmental Issues (EE528)

Practical Applications of Environmental Education (EE593)

Leadership in Environmental Education (EE594)

Teaching in Environmental Education (EE595)

Special Methods: Secondary Science (Ed558)


Research Interests

Function of bird song
It is surprising just how little we understand about the function of bird song. Dr. Janes has been working for a number of years with Hermit and Black-throated Gray Warblers in the attempt to understand the functions of their two song categories. Unlike many birds, these species possess distinct song categories, which permits exploration of the messages contained within each. He has recently completed projects regarding dialects, structure of the complex second category song, and song convergence between the two species.

Raptor ecology
Dr. Janes’ original research interests focused on the structure of grassland and shrub-steppe raptor communities including Red-tailed, Swainson’s, and ferruginous Hawks plus the Prairie Falcon and Golden Eagle. He still works with students interested in raptor research. Recent projects include habitat relations in Great Gray Owl and age differences in relation to wing morphology and habitat use in Red-tailed Hawks.

Impact of forest management practices on bird populations
Dr. Janes is also working with the BLM to evaluate the impact of various forest management practices on bird populations both breeding and wintering. He is currently involved in a project evaluating timber harvest involving micro-clearcuts (0.2 Ac).



Alexander, J.D., C.J. Ralph, B. Hogoboom, N.E. Seavy, and S.W. Janes. 2004. Understanding effects of fire suppression, fuels treatment, and wildfire on bird communities in the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion. Pp.42-46. In K.L. Mergenthaler, J.E. Williams, and E.S. Jules (eds.) Proceedings of the second conference on Klamath-Siskiyou ecology.
Fetz, T.W., S.W. Janes, and H. Lauchstedt. 2003. Habitat characteristics of Great Gray Owl sites in the Siskiyou Mountains of southwestern Oregon. Journal of Raptor Research 37:315-322.
Janes, S.W. 2003. Breeding populations of Swainson’s Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, and Golden Eagles in north central Oregon: 1975-1982 and 1999. Western North American Naturalist 63:363-365.
Janes, S.W. 2003. Twelve species accounts in: Marshall, D.B., M. Hunter, and A. Contreras (eds.) Birds of Oregon: A General Reference. Oregon State University Press. Corvallis, OR.

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