Monitoring Fender's blue butterflies

The Fender’s blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi) is an endangered species which is only found in the Willamette Valley, at sites that include its preferred host plant, the threatened Kincaid’s lupine (Lupinus oreganus). Thought to be extinct, the species was rediscovered in 1989 in small remnant populations. Prairie habitat loss, degradation and encroachment by trees, […]

Plants for People – bringing traditional ecological knowledge to restoration

Herbert Farm and Natural Area, a City of Corvallis property which lies at the confluence of Marys River and Muddy Creek south of Corvallis, was historically an important food gathering area for the Kalapuya people. Much of those tribal connections to the area have been lost and natural habitats degraded through conversion to agriculture. The […]

Fantastic Restoration: An innovative technique for improving landscape conservation

APRIL 1, 2016.  Ecologists have recently deployed a new method of restoring habitats.  The technique allows conservationists to eliminate unwanted invasive species from the landscape and achieve restoration successes previously unattainable, with species diversity and community structure implemented to precise specifications.  The method involves projecting images of plants, animals and physical features onto bare soil.  […]

IAE receives donation from

The Institute for Applied Ecology is grateful for a recent donation from, which has launched a financial campaign to help non-profit organizations fight their causes. They are giving a hand to teams working on various important issues. So far they have already given financial support to over 100 different organizations ranging from animal welfare […]

Adieu, adieu, to you and you and you!

In the last few days of the 2015 conservation research field season, there is much to reminisce upon. Over the past four and a half months we have tackled over 19 projects, each week took us to a new site and a new rare plant or ecosystem. We traveled the state from the Pacific coast to the […]

Seeding the Prairies

It is the time of year for seeding our prairies. In fall 2015 native grasses and forbs were sown at Herbert Farm and Natural Area, south of Corvallis. The Institute for Applied Ecology is helping partners restore a formerly farmed 37 acre field to native prairie. Last year, after two years of site preparation, native […]

Jon Diehl Memorial Fund Update

The Jon Diehl Memorial Fund has deeply touched disadvantaged young women at Oak Creek Youth Authority and young people at Linn County Juvenile Detention.  Established in 2015 in honor of Jon Diehl, an Oregon attorney and entomologist, the Fund has received donations in excess of $6100.  This funding has made a positive difference in the […]

Travel Ticker supports IAE!

We are grateful for a significant donation from Travel Ticker! offers travel deals and hotel reservations at bargain rates. They prioritize safety, speed and reliability without hidden charges that are added on later in the booking process.

Helping Flyer with Fire: Burn helps butterfly habitat

On Friday, October 16, 2015, crews from Philomath Fire & Rescue and Department of Forestry conducted a prescribed burn as a training exercise at Lupine Meadows, a Greenbelt Land Trust property near Philomath. IAE is working with Greenbelt to improve habitat for the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly, which exists in small numbers at Lupine Meadows. […]

A trip down to the southern Oregon coast!

In August 2015 the IAE Conservation Research crew traveled down to new territory: Coos Bay on the southern Oregon coast! We were investigating the status of both Point Reyes bird’s beak (Cordylanthus maritimus spp. palustris) and Western marsh-rosemary (Limonium californicum). Point Reyes bird’s beak is listed as a federal Species of Concern and Western marsh-rosemary is listed as […]

Every cloud has a “Silver” lining

Gloomy skies and rain returned to Oregon this fall, but every cloud has a silver lining. For the last three years, IAE has sponsored teams from the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), a federal program that sends 18-24 year-olds to serve across the nation. This fall IAE hosted the “Silver 5” team and this […]