2021 Stories from the Field Virtual Webinar Series

In lieu of our annual Stories from the Field fundraiser event, we have a lineup of exciting guest speakers to present, free of charge, to our supporters. Please register for all of the talks you are interested in at each Register link below, and you will receive a Zoom link that you should save or […]

The Seeds of Success Program from One Season to the Next

By Emily Wittkop February 2021 As we ring in the New Year, many of us are reflecting on moments past and looking forward to new things to come. We focus on wrapping up loose ties from the last season, but as the light returns, it reinvigorates the senses and we begin to set in motion […]

Fender’s Blue Butterfly in 2020

By Carolyn Menke January 2021 Every year poses a unique challenge when trying to complete sunshine-dependent butterfly surveys in the Pacific Northwest, but 2020 definitely stands out.  The initial surge of the COVID-19 pandemic began just before the onset of the monitoring season for one of the endangered butterflies of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Fender’s blue […]

The fruits of our labors – Restoration progress at Herbert Farm & Natural Area

Herbert Farm and Natural Area, a few miles south of Corvallis, Oregon, is becoming known for its birds and wildflowers. The City of Corvallis (City) acquired the 221-acre property in 2002. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) holds a conservation easement through the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program, which is funded by the Bonneville Power Administration. The […]

Restoration Destinations: AmeriCorps Blue 4 Meadow Hopping Western Oregon

By Rolando Beorchia Many hands make for short work. But, in this strange year of 2020, our restoration team has really missed being able to work with local volunteers. I was able to fill this emotional void by touring around amazing meadows in the Willamette Valley and Oregon coast with Team Blue 4, a volunteer […]

Chilling news … for seeds in the Southwest

By Maria Mullins January 2021 Native seeds collected through the Southwest Seed Partnership (SWSP) are finally moving into their very own seed cooler.  The IAE  Southwest Office purchased and installed a 10 x 10’ walk-in cooler to safely store native seed collected and field-produced from across the Southwest. We are grateful to the New Mexico […]

Growing Milkweed and Releasing Monarchs at Northern Nevada Correctional Center

Originally written by Northern Nevada Correctional Center Unit 5 Sagebrush Crew. Adapted by Shannon Swim, IAE Contractor. Shared from the Nevada Native Plant Society Newsletter, Vol 46, No. 6. December 2020 For four years, Adults in Custody at Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City, have raised sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata) plugs for use in revegetation […]

Plot frames and pin flags: Stories from seasons in the field

By Nadav Mouallem, Crew Leader December 2020 It was eight o’clock in the morning in early April, 2017, and Boris, our affectionately-named blue Subaru Outback, was packed to the brim: tapes, plot frames, pin flags, groceries, camping gear, and personal luggage. We were heading south to Roseburg, Oregon, to outplant Kincaid’s lupine (Lupinus oreganus). After […]

Estuary Technical Group reports on tidal wetland restoration in Tillamook

By Laura Brophy December 2020 The Southern Flow Corridor project in Tillamook County is one of Oregon’s largest tidal wetland restoration projects, with 443 acres of tidal marsh and swamp restored in 2016. Since 2013, the Estuary Technical Group has teamed with Oregon State University, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the University of Oregon, […]

Changing the fabric of our landscape – from behind bars

By Stacy Moore December 2020 “There was a time most people would associate ‘2020’ with having perfect vision. But lately it just symbolizes a trying year. It is difficult to find much hope at times like these. Now more than ever, people everywhere need a temporary escape – to have a few un-chaotic moments to […]

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 […]