Extraordinary Measures by Extraordinary People for the Sagebrush in Prisons Project

By Stacy Moore May 2020 “Just because there is a virus doesn’t mean nature stops for us,” IAE contractor Shannon Swim commented recently from Nevada. The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE), our contractors and Department of Corrections (DOC), with extensive Coronavirus safety protocols in place, have taken extraordinary measures to continue to engage adults in […]

Habitat Restoration and Ecological Education Combat the Enemy We Know

By Jessica Celis April 2020 In this time of combating an insidious, novel threat like the coronavirus, it is nice to get outside and combat a more typical ecological threat: weeds. Last week, staff from IAE’s Ecological Education Program (EE) joined Habitat Restoration Program (HR) folks up at Horse Rock Ridge, a 378-acre mid-elevation meadow […]

Cooped up from COVID? Our staff has your outdoor activities!

For 20 years, IAE’s Ecological Education Program (EE) has been engaging youth outside with hands-on, participatory outdoor learning. We’re here to support you in getting outdoors for safe and fun exploration! Our staff have rounded up art- and science-based backyard activities you can enjoy yourself or with your children, immersing them in the natural world […]

Rebuilding Habitat and Empowering Hope

By Stacy Moore November 2019 Carefully putting ten sagebrush seedlings into a plastic bag, inmate Jessie Downing places his bundle of plants into a box with 110 other plugs to be picked up by the Winnemucca Bureau of Land Management (BLM) field office in Nevada for planting on land scorched by wildfire. “The Sagebrush in […]

¡Unidos por el Amor de Aves!

por Dionné Mejía Octobre de 2019 Click here to read this blog in English. Este es el segundo año del programa llamado “Aves Compartidas Willamette-Laja” el cual une a estudiantes de primaria de dos naciones a través de la educación ambiental y el idioma compartido de español. Los estudiantes en el valle del río Willamette […]

United by the love of birds!

By Dionné Mejía October 2019 Haga clic aquí para leer este blog en español. This is the second year of the Willamette-Laja Migratory Bird Youth Education program, which unites elementary school students bi-nationally through ecological education and the shared language of Spanish. Students in the Willamette River Valley in Oregon and in the Laja River […]

“Who knows the anther?” and other ecological teaching techniques

by Tyler Knapp July 2019 Many people don’t realize that IAE has a Southwest Office in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in addition to the main office in Corvallis, Oregon. For the past three years, IAE Southwest has offered a week-long summer conservation and botany training program for teens called Forest Bound. This program spans several […]

Snake River Correctional Institute Inmates sow 60,000 native plants for restoration

By Stacy Moore April 2019 At the Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario, Oregon, inmate Whitecalf carefully waters hundreds of trays of soil sprinkled with minuscule sagebrush seeds.  Nearby, two other inmates use a seeding tool to place approximately 5-7 seeds on top of the loam in each “conetainer,” a cone-shaped pot that allows […]

Teaching Animal Tracking in Juvenile Detention

By Tyler Knapp January 2019 How do you teach high school students about animal tracking if they are incarcerated, and can’t go out in nature? Well, you bring the tracks to them! On Wednesday January 9th, IAE Ecological Education Coordinator Tyler Knapp and Stacy Moore, Ecological Education Program Director, did just that at the Linn-Benton […]

Kids Go Wild Learning about Migratory Birds

By Dionné Mej̨ía November 2018 “Cool, I love the red throat on the hummingbird,” claimed a young student during Lincoln Elementary School’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) night on November 14th, 2018. Numerous students examined bird study skins and nests to learn about three particular birds—the black-throated gray warbler, the great blue heron, […]

From Seedlings to Sagebrush: A Year of Success at Warner Creek Correctional Facility

By Amy Zimmer November 2018 Supporting over 300 species of birds, mammals and fish, the sagebrush ecosystem comprises the landscape surrounding the communities of Paisley and Lakeview in Eastern Oregon. Encompassing roughly 120 million acres of the western United States, this delicate ecosystem has been impacted over the past century by an increasing number of […]

Migratory bird habitats connect Oregon and Mexico in ‘Classrooms Across Borders’

Michel Wiman, October 2018, with special thanks and photos courtesy of Tara Davis, Willamette River-Rio Laja Twinning Project; Heath Keirstead of the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District; and Kathleen Westly of Marys River Watershed Council.  Why are one-third of all migratory bird species worldwide in decline? Most research points to habitat loss as the […]