Monitoring Lupinus oreganus! And swimming through poison oak

  The Conservation Research team recently journeyed down to Canyonville, OR to monitor the threatened Lupinus oreganus, or Kincaid’s lupine. Kincaid’s lupine is the host plant to the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly, meaning the butterfly lays its eggs on this plant. Since populations of Kincaid’s lupine have been declining recently due to rapid urbanization and […]

Greetings from Table Rocks

It’s been a crazy month filled with field work, lots of laughs, and a bit of poison oak (more on that in a blog to come)! Traveling back to a few weeks ago, however, we started our field season at Table Rocks. Table Rocks is a geological formation outside of Medford, OR, resulting from millions […]

Getting LOCO in JOCO

In our latest conservation research news, we recently took a trip to Josephine County to monitor Lomatium cookii, common name, Cook’s desert parsley. We had a wonderful group of 6 volunteers who worked very hard to help us complete all of the monitoring of this sensitive species that is endemic to a few areas in […]

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 […]

Memorial fund established for Jon Diehl

The family of Jon Diehl has established a memorial fund in his name at the Institute for Applied Ecology to support monarch butterfly habitat restoration and teaching incarcerated young women about conservation. Jon was an attorney and evolutionary ecologist with a PhD in entomology. In the late 1980s he received a master’s degree in entomology […]

Inmates Helping Greater Sage-Grouse

Inmates at Snake River Correctional Institutional (SRCI) and 3 Idaho prisons are growing 140,000 sagebrush plants to help restore habitat for the greater sage-grouse. The greater sage-grouse, once common in the western part of the U.S. and numbering in the millions, has declined to an estimated population of between 200,000 to 500,000 and may be […]

Welcome 2015 IAE/NPSO Interns!

Here in the CR department we are starting to wake up from our winter hibernations, shake the dust off, and get to work preparing for our 2015 field season. We are excited to have Emma MacDonald back again for another season with us as our biological technician and crew leader. We are also eager to […]

Roundup Ready Cocktails: Mixed Drinks with Mixed Effects

April 1, 2015 Roundup Ready Cocktails: Mixed Drinks with Mixed Effects In an effort to demonstrate the safety and multiple uses of one of its most popular products, a large chemical company has released recipes for some new and interesting cocktails mixed with glyphosate, the active ingredient in the controversial herbicide Roundup.   The chemical has […]

Conservationists join rush to Mars

April 1, 2015 The Martian landscape has some new protectors. Conservation biologists from the International Association of Land Trusts (IALT) have laid claim to large sections of the red planet’s surface and underlying mineral deposits. Their goal is to protect the most sensitive regions of Mars before humans colonize it. As the US and other […]

Invasive species gene identified

April 1, 2015 Scientists on the hunt for a genetic link between all invasive plants and animals have made a major discovery. All invasive species appear to share a common gene. In a paper published today in Nature Genomics, geneticists from seven prominent universities in four countries document the presence of a gene present in […]