The Willamette Valley Oak and Prairie Cooperative

January 2020 IAE is proud to serve on the Steering Committee of the Willamette Valley Oak and Prairie Cooperative, and to have played a role in drafting the Strategic Action Plan as part of a contractor team with JK Environments.  Please read on, and click the images below to learn more! What is the Willamette […]

2019: A Better Year for Fender’s Blue Butterfly

By Carolyn Menke January 2020 Since 2016, IAE has coordinated annual surveys for the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi) across its range in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The total number of Fender’s blue butterflies fluctuates on an annual basis, driven by variation in individual populations, which sometimes double or halve between years. We are […]

Rare orchid fading fast, and climate change may be part of the problem

About half of the known populations are likely extinct in the western US October 17, 2019 A rare orchid is losing ground in the western United States.  Researchers from the Institute for Applied Ecology, a nonprofit organization that conducts habitat restoration and ecological research, partnered with government agencies to revisit previously reported populations of the […]

Comparing Dobermans to Chihuahuas: Great Basin plants are adapted to local conditions

Owen Baughman, The Nature Conservancy of Oregon; Elizabeth Leger, University of Nevada, Reno; and Tom Kaye, Institute for Applied Ecology A new study published in the most recent issue of the journal Ecology and Evolution shows that plant species native to the Great Basin are generally adapted to local conditions, a fact that could be a key […]