The Cavalry from Coffee Creek Help with Habitat

IAE has been helping restore the Cannery Hill Unit of Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge since 2011, converting non-native grasses of this former dairy pasture into a healthy coastal meadow to support reintroduction of the federally threatened Oregon silverspot butterfly (Speyeria zerene ippolyta). The species favors salt-spray meadows, but has declined to the point that […]

A Rare Hands-On Lesson for Linn Benton Juveniles in Custody

Handling a fluffy barn owl brought a huge smile on Isaac’s face as he examined the owl’s beak and talons during an IAE-led lesson at Linn County Juvenile Detention Center in Albany, Oregon. The lesson gave 14 middle-school aged students housed at the detention center a hands-on way to investigate bird biology and ecology.  IAE’s […]

From Preserve to Preservation: Rocky Mountain Bee Plant in November

Mary Ann Maestas, IAE Southwest Botany Field Technician For one of the last seed collections of the season, I joined two Bureau of Land Management interns for some collections and scouting in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. Our first stop was to the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, adjacent to La Cienega. At this point in […]

Guest Blog from Sagebrush in Prisons Graduate

As we work to save the Sagebrush in Prisons project, we’ve collected testimonials from graduates of the project. This excerpt is from an inmate who presented at our Stories from the Field Annual Meeting and Social Hour in November. The event raised one-fifth of the amount needed to support the program for one year. Thank […]

Helping Rare Species from Start to Finish

The Conservation Research Program at IAE conducts research on propagation methods and how to best ensure survival upon outplanting for a variety of rare species. Often for these projects, we focus on one question or the other separately, but occasionally we have the opportunity to work with a single species throughout the process. Since 2014, […]

Tribal Nursery Raises Plants and Awareness

Pre-schoolers and children from the Elementary Chinuk Language Program had a great day digging up bulbs at the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde nursery in early November. The Natural Resources Department tribal nursery is part of the “Plants for People” project, funded by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, which is improving access to culturally important […]

Clearing Meadows for Nelson’s Checkermallow

The range of Nelson’s checkermallow consists of highly fragmented, mostly small, populations within the Willamette Valley and flanks of the Coast Range, Oregon. One problem the species faces in the Coast Range is that meadows are being over-run with shrubs and Douglas-fir.  In the past these meadows would have been kept open by more frequent […]

OSU students remove a pretty invader from Mary’s Peak

On October 28th we had a fantastic volunteer event at Marys Peak with over 50 volunteers and perfect weather! First and foremost thanks to all the volunteers, you all rocked! The focus of the event was to help preserve the meadow at Marys Peak. The meadow is increasingly prone to non-native species establishment and conifer […]

IAE benefits from local artist’s butterfly fundraiser

Never underestimate the power of one person to make a big difference. Corvallis artist Caroline Moses could have painted any butterfly. She was commissioned by local Corvallis salon owner Bessie Kotek, who wanted an interactive mural so that her clients would have a fun way to share their new salon looks with friends. But Moses […]

Tagging monarchs in New Mexico

“I got one!” Steve Cary calls through a thicket of seep willow in full bloom.  He’s netted a monarch butterfly on the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in southern New Mexico.  We convene at his pickup and get to work tagging this butterfly, a male with slightly tattered wings.  It’s on a long migration […]

Nature as a Context for Learning

3rd grade teachers Ruben Sandoval from Garfield Elementary School and Susan Reeves from Adams Elementary School carefully dug through leaf litter looking for insects during an “ecosystem comparison” lesson at Bald Hill Farm as part of the IAE-sponsored teacher professional development workshop, “Exploring Oregon’s Ecosystems: from Oak Savanna to Riparian Woodland.” During the 3 day workshop, […]

Willamette Daisy Planting at Baskett Slough NWR

This spring IAE staff and volunteers, as well as many folks from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, helped over 1700 Willamette daisy plants find a new home at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), located about 10 miles west of Salem. It was a perfect day for planting – not too hot, not too cold, […]