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 County 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 […]

Behind the scenes at the 2018 Invasive Species Cook-off

by Michel Wiman, August 2018 Photography by Owen Dell On a perfect sunny August afternoon near Wren, Oregon, I walk through tables dressed with apple-green tablecloths and little wreaths of Queen Anne’s lace and burdock. As the band warms up and guests arrive, community supporters bring dish after dish to the Cook-off contest table. This […]

In search of Willamette Daisy!

By Marisa Mancillas, Jillian Demus, Chelsea Osbron, and Amy Zimmer August 2018   This field season, IAE’s Habitat Restoration and Conservation Research Programs partnered to conduct a range-wide inventory of the endangered Willamette daisy (Erigeron decumbens). The goal of this project was to obtain an up-to-date status of this endemic plant and its associated habitat […]

Workshop on Selection of Native Plant Materials at ESA conference in New Orleans

Please join us at ESA Workshop 34 in New Orleans!  Knowledge Café: Application of Emerging Topics in Plant Ecology and Evolution to Selection of Native Plant Materials for Restoration and Ecosystem Management All are welcome and there is no fee for this workshop.  We would like to get a head count, so please click here […]

Memories from The View

By Nadav Mouallem July 2018 As the sun sets on our 12-week season in Lakeview, Oregon, we can’t help but reflect on all we have learned and experienced while living in ‘Oregon’s Tallest Town.’ From the onset, Lakeview presented a stark contrast to life in the Wilamette Valley–with a population of only 2,400 and a […]

Growing Oregon: A photo essay of native seed production

By Ian Silvernail June 2018 In the fall of 2016, the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) leapt into the world of native seed production in an attempt to help fill some of the requests for the seed that is so integral to effective habitat restoration. Tremaine and Gail Arkley are allowing us to put their Malabon […]

Making more milkweeds for monarchs: breakthroughs in milkweed seed germination

IAE staff, June 2018 Monarch butterflies are declining at an alarming rate, in part due to the widespread loss of milkweeds, the plants on which all monarchs depend.  Without milkweeds, monarch butterflies have no place to lay their eggs and feed their larvae. One action people can take to help monarchs and other pollinators is […]

Students Love to Dig Holes for the Rare Thin-Leaved Peavine!

When middle school students from Eugene, Oregon were asked what they liked most about helping plant new populations of a rare plant, many enthusiastically replied, “digging holes is the best thing ever!” IAE’s Habitat Restoration and Ecological Education Programs teamed up on a project to not only teach students about a rare plant that occurs […]

A Bad Haircut is Good for Restoration of a Rare Wetland

Just off interstate 25 near Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Lenora Curtin Wetland Preserve is an unexpected and calm respite from the heat and dryness of the Santa Fe desert. I am here with IAE Southwest Program Director Melanie Gisler and IAE ecologist Yvonne Hickerson, who have been working with partners to restore this unique […]

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 […]