Fun Times at the 2015 Invasive Species Cook-off

The 2015 Invasive Species Cook-off, IAE’s annual party and fundraiser, was held at the Benton County Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 22nd. The many cooks started preparations started weeks in advance of the event. Hunters and gatherers headed out at dawn and dusk to collect invasive bullfrogs and crayfish, thistles and dandelions, before coming up with […]

Adaptive Restoration in Oregon’s Coastal Prairies, Clatsop Plains

Adaptive management is a framework for making decisions based on the assessed impacts of treatments, the results of which are formed into a flexible management plan with modifications as the plan progresses. Adaptive habitat restoration requires novel approaches and all-encompassing solutions to improve the integrity of ecosystems and their surrounding environments. Coastal prairie ecosystems are […]

A Successful Watershed Workshop for Teachers

With the help of a kick net, teachers Gerhard Behrens and Susan Reeves sampled Wells Creek for aquatic invertebrates as part of a 4 day “Watershed Teacher Workshop,” put on by Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) and Marys River Watershed Council with funding from Gray Family Foundation. “I felt like a student and an honored […]

Seeding the Prairies – Part 2

The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) is collaborating with Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to restore their 20 acre Witham-Gellatly property near Philomath. Restoration at the upland prairie will mitigate for incidental impacts to Kincaid’s lupine (Lupinus oreganus) and Fender’s blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi) during routine road maintenance activities, as outlined in ODOT’s Statewide […]

Estuary Technical Group Digs Deep for Blue Carbon Answers

Tidal wetlands can store (or “sequester”) carbon, which helps reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere… but how much carbon they trap is unknown in the PNW. This spring, the Estuary Technical Group traveled to tidal wetlands in Astoria and Tillamook and worked alongside folks from Oregon State University, the Columbia River Estuary Study […]

IAE Open House Thursday May 7th, 2015

Join IAE as we celebrate our 16th anniversary along with Natural Areas Celebration Week! Come learn about our exciting restoration, research and ecological education projects.  – Attend Short Informative Talks & Movies – Win Door Prizes – Refreshments & Snacks Provided – Take Native Plants and Seeds Home – Meet IAE Staff and Board of Directors Office Location: Institute for Applied […]

Natural Areas Celebration Week 2015

Join the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition for the sixth annual Natural Areas Celebration Week May 2-10, 2015 This week long event gives the community a chance to explore the wide open spaces, recreation areas, and environmental communities that make our valley so amazing. The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) staff will be leading the following adventures and activities: Please […]

Women in Transition Making a Difference

“Giving back to nature and the community inspires me to want to do good things in my life and not use drugs.  I know I can now enjoy life sober and it feels great!” commented a participant enrolled in the “Young Women’s Transition Program (YWTP)” at Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility in Albany. These women […]

Umpqua green gentian likes it cold…

Frasera umpquaensis. Photo credit: Denise Giles-Johnson. Our field 2014 season slowly came to a close as the mercury rose and plants began to senesce. Luckily, we have managed to get a little relief from the heat as we studied Frasera umpquensis in the Cascade foothills near Cottage Grove, Oregon. Also known as the Umpqua green gentian, […]

Goodbye, Good Luck, and Good Riddance

As the field season comes to a close we say goodbye to our Conservation Research interns Amy and Suzanne. The Institute for Applied Ecology relies heavily on their interns during the summer to complete all their field work on time (before the plants senesce), as well as data entry, and greenhouse work. Our interns are […]

Let’s hear it for the birds

After the long hours of staring at the ground, it’s nice to give that neck a stretch and look up! In this weeks’ blog, I (Amy) want to give a shout out to those little flying machines that have been serenading us with sweet melodies during our long work days. American goldfinches perched near a field […]

Calochortus coxii- Crinite Mariposa Lily

Members of the genus Calochortus, more commonly known as mariposa lilies, are often considered overlooked gems of forested and grassland ecosystems. These diminutive lilies are found along the North American Pacific coast, from Southern Canada to Central America. Species can vary greatly in both appearance and habit. Calochortus coxii. Photo credit: Emma MacDonald Calochortus coxii, […]