Natural history of checker-mallows of western Oregon

If you rode your horse or walked through western Oregon grasslands on a late May day 200 years ago, chances are you would have seen checker-mallows aplenty among the many wildflowers.  Today these grasslands are few and far between, but in some habitat remnants checker-mallows still make a showy spring bloom.  There are over 20 […]

Mulford’s milkvetch research update

It takes a full day of driving from western Oregon to reach the closest populations of Mulford’s milkvetch (Astragalus mulfordiae) in the Owyhee Uplands of Malheur County.  This rare species occurs in scattered populations in rangelands of Oregon and southwestern Idaho, mostly on sandy soils on rolling hills, flats and near the Owyhee and Snake […]

National Native Seed Conference 2017

Native plants drive habitat restoration and seed industries nationally and globally. Designed to bring together restoration practitioners, seed producers, academics, and agencies, the National Native Seed conference is a bi-annual chance to network across disciplines and areas of interest. The 2017 National Native Seed Conference was the largest and most successful yet. Over 330 people […]

Tree planting at Herbert Farm

On February 1st 2017 a crew from R. Franco Restoration planted 7,500 trees and shrubs at Herbert Farm and Natural Area, a City of Corvallis property in Benton County, Oregon. IAE is helping Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, who hold a conservation easement on the property through the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program, to restore […]

Al Kitzman receives 2016 Ecological Conservation Award

The 2016 Ecological Conservation Award was presented to Al Kitzman for his long-term contributions to habitat restoration in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  Al retired in 2014 from the Benton County Natural Areas and Parks Department after 34 years of service.  He managed several natural areas and parks for their habitat and recreational values, including […]

Kincaid's Lupine and monitoring in Oak Basin

We are happy to welcome Nicholas Murray to the Conservation Research team. Nick joins us from Camas, Washington, where he will be going into his senior year of high school. This is the seventh year that IAE has sponsored a high school intern through the Apprenticeship in Science and Engineering Program (ASE). The ASE program […]

It’s wake-up time for Taylor's checkerspot caterpillars!

Taylor’s checkerspot caterpillars took a break in summer and fall but they are now active and feeding in winter.  In Oregon, they are feeding mostly on English plantain.  At this time of year they are small creatures about ½-inch long with dark hairs and red spots.  The species was recently listed by the US Fish […]

What do Taylor’s checkerspot caterpillars eat?

This has been a boom year for Taylor’s checkerspot, an endangered species in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  The two remaining populations in the state have both shown great numbers – over 1000 butterflies each – and at least some of this appears to be due to strong land stewardship by Benton County Natural Areas and Parks […]

Landowner Workshop: Restoring Willamette Valley Prairie and Oak Habitat

Calling all private landowners! Do you have a piece of remnant oak or prairie habitat that you want to manage and/or restore? This workshop will cover restoration planning, implementation and tools, common restoration challenges, restoring for wildlife (including birds, rare plants, and butterflies), and balancing mixed use of property with restoration.  We will focus on helping […]

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Sagebrush

Sagebrush covers a big chunk of the United States.  But what do you know about it?  Here are a few quick factoids about sagebrush. 1. They talk to each other (and other plants listen in) Well not exactly talk, but they do release signals that other plants can exploit.  For example, when a sagebrush plant is attacked by […]