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 […]

The Progress and the Peavine

by Anna Ramthun September 2018 The thinleaved peavine (Lathyrus holochlorus) is a climbing perennial forb, or non-grass, prairie wildflower. Native to Oregon and Washington, it depends on transitional habitats, like edges of prairie and oak savanna, fence rows, and roadsides, and woodland clearings. Appropriate habitat areas have declined drastically, as prairie and oak savanna ecosystems […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]