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By Nadav Mouallem with contributions from fellow NPSO/CR interns Abbie Harold and Lucy Keehn
When the entire season feels like a never-ending highlight reel, you know it has been a good one. Whether it be sighting owls at dusk atop of Table Rock, whales at sunrise overlooking Coos Bay, or a bobcat in the Tillamook Forest, our season has been filled with adventure, new experiences, and most of all, new friends. As a crew we circumnavigated Oregon, from its north-western corner to its southern border, from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the desert of eastern OR, and everywhere in between. We camped, we trekked, we learned, and we laughed. We were able to take in the immense beauty that Oregon holds while monitoring and protecting some of its rarest plant species. We are all so grateful for the experience of working as IAE/NPSO Conservation Research Interns! Here are some of our favorites of the season:
Nadav: Monitoring Cook’s desert parsley and staying at the Siskiyou Field Station.
Abbie: Monitoring dwarf wooly meadowfoam at Table Rocks.
Lucy: Studying experimental restoration methods at Willapa Bay/Clatsop Plains.
Nadav: Calypso orchid (Calypso bulbosa), found when monitoring Kincaid's lupine outside of Roseburg, OR (pictured below).
Abbie: Hairy star tulip (Calochortus tolmiei), found across southern Oregon (pictured below).
Lucy: Scarlet fritillary (Fritillaria recurva), found at Table Rocks (pictured below).
A special thanks to everyone at IAE and NPSO for making this happen! Farewell field, you will be dearly missed.