What’s leaf got to do with it? Leaf tissue sampling for restoration genetic research

By Ashlee Wolf  October 2020 New Mexico is home to a wide diversity of landscapes—from creosote and cactus flats of the Chihuahuan Desert to rolling hills and incised arroyos of pinyon-juniper forests to alpine peaks of the southern Rocky Mountains. The variety of climates and topography found across the state supports a parallel diversity in […]

Protecting Prairie Pollinators: Study recommends insect conservation in the Great Plains

By Michel Wiman Photos by Phillip Hanberry October 2020 A team seeks to shed light on Great Plains pollinator declines in a new review article published in the journal Rangeland Ecology & Management, providing land managers and conservationists with practical recommendations to benefit pollinators. Insect and other animal pollination is required for 85% of flowering […]

Osmia Out of Nowhere, and Other Pollinator Tales

By David Cappaert, IAE Pollinator Crew September 2020 We often think of pollination as a discrete event, e.g., the interaction between a sunflower and a bumblebee. But the bee might visit a dozen other pollen sources, and the sunflower might benefit from dozens of pollinator species. If you look at this broader picture, for all […]

A Student’s Summer of Conservation in the Southwest

By Jessica Zhong October 2020 As August drew to a close, so did one of the most memorable endeavors I have undertaken in my life. I recently spent ten weeks in Santa Fe, New Mexico with the Institute for Applied Ecology’s Southwest Office, with the goals of assisting with plant conservation efforts. Personally, I hoped […]

Black Futures Farm: Growing Food Sovereignty & Community

By Stacy Moore September 2020 On a hot mid-August day, the Ecological Education team and Tom Kaye traveled north to Black Futures Farm located at the Learning Gardens Lab in southeast Portland, Oregon. Our aim was to lend a hand to Black Futures Farm, which grows food, builds local stewardship, and promotes Black food sovereignty.  […]

Beyond The Vale: The Ongoing Chronicles of Mulford’s Milkvetch

By IAE Conservation Research seasonal intern Justin Ford and Intern Crew Lead Nadav Mouallem  August 2020 With all three of us in separate trucks because of COVID-19 protocols, we packed and left Corvallis at 7 am for four nights of camping with stars in our eyes. The stay-at-home order for the state had started to roll […]

Collaboration and Creativity During COVID-19 Leads to Novel Programming and Meaningful Outcomes for Forest Bound in 2020

by Lia Griesser and Melanie Gisler Despite the pandemic, our Southwest office in Santa Fe, New Mexico, was fortunate to offer two sessions of our outdoor ecological education program ‘Forest Bound.’  Forest Bound is a free week-long course with lessons geared toward addressing plant blindness, and awareness of career options in conservation and ecological restoration. […]

Hope for oak and prairie, just out of sight – but within reach

By Anna Freitas, Kait Wright, and Zade Clark-Henry August 2020 It was our first day in the field as members of Institute for Applied Ecology’s Prairie and Oak Inventory crew, and we were admittedly disappointed not to see either of our namesakes. After several hours of walking in the rain through Douglas-fir forest and dripping […]

Bring them to the table: What you can do to fight non-native plant invasions

By Michel Wiman July 2020 It’s late summer and I’m clearing an infestation of Himalayan blackberry (Rubus armeniacus) that reaches over my five-and-a-half-foot frame, with its thorny spikes easily piercing through my double-layer pants. As my hands get scratched through my gloves, all I can think is that no animal would want to be anywhere […]

The Estuary Technical Group’s mapping methods go national

By Laura Brophy August 2020 Estuaries provide rich sustenance for salmon, other fish and wildlife — and for people. Over the past 6 years, Estuary Technical Group (ETG) Director Laura Brophy, pictured above, has led the development of innovative, accurate methods for mapping these vital estuary habitats in Oregon and across the U.S. West Coast. […]

Black Lives Matter: Institute for Applied Ecology Stands Against Racism

June 2020 The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and the ongoing violence and oppression endured by communities of color have caused terrible hurt and triggered ever louder, rightful demands for change. Racism, prejudice, and mistreatment of people of color have no place in a peaceful society and yet are still woven […]

IAE Celebrates the Seeds of Success Program’s 20th Birthday

By Laura Shriver June 2020 On May 8th, 2020, the Seeds of Success program turned 20 years old. Seeds of Success (SOS) is a national initiative led by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to collect wild native seed for research, native plant materials development, restoration, and germplasm conservation. SOS collections are the first step […]

Bee Sticks in the Name of Conservation

By Matt Bahm, Steve Walters, David Cappaert, Lauren Merrill, and Annie Joliff All photos by David Cappaert June 2020 Willamette daisy (Erigeron decumbens) was once found throughout the Willamette Valley in northwestern Oregon, but is now restricted to only a few scattered remnant populations. Conservation efforts have increased the amount of Willamette daisy on the […]

A New Partnership for Native Seed on the Oregon Coast

By Alexis Larsen  May 2020 Beyond the craggy cliffs and crashing waves, the Oregon coast is host to a diverse array of habitats that support unique flora and fauna. However, these coastal ecosystems are among the most rare and impacted ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest. As a result, threatened species like the Oregon silverspot butterfly […]