Snapshots of the season

This month has been a busy one! With all of the projects that we have to tackle, there just isn’t time to write about each one. So for this week’s post, here are some snapshots from our busy month of surveys and monitoring. We may talk more about some of these projects later on–but for now, enjoy […]

Wetland restoration resource launched

Wetland Prairie Restoration: An Online Resource is a comprehensive introduction to the history and ecology of wetland prairies in the Willamette Valley and overview of the restoration process. This new online resource is based on the soon-to-be-completed ‘Practical Guidelines for Wetland Prairie Restoration in the Willamette Valley, Oregon,’ which distills 10 years of research and […]

Loopy for Lupine!

This past week, we took a trip down to the Umpqua River basin near Roseburg, OR to monitor Lupinus oreganus (Kincaid’s lupine), which is a federally threatened species and an obligate host plant to the endangered Icaricia icarioides fenderi (Fender’s blue butterfly). This area is home to the southernmost populations of L. oreganus.  Lupinus oreganus typically occurs in native upland […]

Tom Brewster: Maker of Nest Boxes for Birds

Tom Brewster donated endless hours to make over 100 bird boxes for students of IAE partner schools who are part of the Ever Green Riparian Stewards Program. IAE is ever grateful to Tom for his amazing contributions to our Ecological Education Program and to the lives of young people and their teachers. Tom Brewster, from […]

Sidalcea nelsoniana Experimental Plots

Last week an IAE team monitored Nelson’s checkermallow at experimental plots to compare the success of planting seeds, plugs or rhizomes, four years after establishment. The plots were at 6 Wetlands Reserve Program (NRCS) conservation easements in the Willamette Valley. Pictured are summer field crew members Scott Orr, Emma MacDonald and Amy Comstock, and IAE […]

Battling Brachypodium sylvaticum (false-brome)

We’re at it again! This time, however, instead of scouting out a rare flower, we are attempting to eradicate the all too familiar Brachypodium sylvaticum (false-brome). Although B. sylvaticum may not be as ostentatious as other invasives, such as Himalayan blackberry and Scotch broom, do not underestimate the effect that this intruder can have on […]

Hisssssteria in Cave Junction

Our most recent field study took us to French Flats near Cave Junction, Oregon. We were lucky enough to enjoy sunny and warm weather while surveying Lomatium cookii, a southern Oregon endemic parsley. This little guy was a little upset we were surveying in his territory. He gave us a show and then went on […]

Finding Fritillary

Fritillaria gentneri (Gentner’s fritillary)Photo credit: Scott Orr The 2014 field season kicked-off last week with a trip down to Grants Pass, OR. Our mission was to monitor an endangered population of Fritillaria gentneri (Gentner’s fritillary). F. gentneri is endemic to a small portion of Southern Oregon and Northern California with the largest number of individuals […]

Meet the 2014 IAE/NPSO interns!

The 2014 field season is gearing up and the IAE Conservation Research crew will be back on the road to conduct annual monitoring and research on plant species and ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest.  Projects scheduled for this year include monitoring and researching management techniques for the Cook’s desert parsley, surveying for Cusick’s lupine in […]

SPRING HAS SPRUNG AT LOWER TABLE ROCKS

View from Lower Table Rocks, Pictured from left: Erin Gray, Scott Orr and Denise Giles-Johnson Photo credit: Tara Callaway It’s that time of year again! Field season has kicked off for the Conservation Research program at the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE). This year, our season began at Lower Table Rocks located in southern Oregon […]

Extinct Wheeled Creature Discovered as Ice Recedes

Biologists ecstatic, racing to discovery site from all over the world Posted: 4/1/2015 From ancient ice in the arctic has emerged an evolutionary marvel: fossil remains of a lost branch from the tree of life. The discovery of the organism, named Wrangelia rota, was published online today in the journal Nature. It appears to have possessed […]