Migratory bird habitats connect Oregon and Mexico in ‘Classrooms Across Borders’

Michel Wiman, October 2018, with special thanks and photos courtesy of Tara Davis, Willamette River-Rio Laja Twinning Project; Heath Keirstead of the Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District; and Kathleen Westly of Marys River Watershed Council.  Why are one-third of all migratory bird species worldwide in decline? Most research points to habitat loss as […]

The Progress and the Peavine

by Anna Ramthun September 2018 The thinleaved peavine (Lathyrus holochlorus) is a climbing perennial forb, or non-grass, prairie wildflower. Native to Oregon and Washington, it depends on transitional habitats, like edges of prairie and oak savanna, fence rows, and roadsides, and woodland clearings. Appropriate habitat areas have declined drastically, as prairie and oak savanna ecosystems […]

Seasons of Herbert Farm Natural Area

By Anna Ramthun September 2018 The Herbert Farm Natural Area is undeniably special.  Located just south of Corvallis, the area was an important gathering and foraging spot for local Native American tribes, and is still regarded as an important cultural area by the modern Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde. The Institute for Applied Ecology […]

Behind the scenes at the 2018 Invasive Species Cook-off

by Michel Wiman, August 2018 Photography by Owen Dell On a perfect sunny August afternoon near Wren, Oregon, I walk through tables dressed with apple-green tablecloths and little wreaths of Queen Anne’s lace and burdock. As the band warms up and guests arrive, community supporters bring dish after dish to the Cook-off contest table. This […]

In search of Willamette Daisy!

By Marisa Mancillas, Jillian Demus, Chelsea Osbron, and Amy Zimmer August 2018   This field season, IAE’s Habitat Restoration and Conservation Research Programs partnered to conduct a range-wide inventory of the endangered Willamette daisy (Erigeron decumbens). The goal of this project was to obtain an up-to-date status of this endemic plant and its associated habitat […]

Workshop on Selection of Native Plant Materials at ESA conference in New Orleans

Please join us at ESA Workshop 34 in New Orleans!  Knowledge Café: Application of Emerging Topics in Plant Ecology and Evolution to Selection of Native Plant Materials for Restoration and Ecosystem Management All are welcome and there is no fee for this workshop.  We would like to get a head count, so please click here […]

Memories from The View

By Nadav Mouallem July 2018 As the sun sets on our 12-week season in Lakeview, Oregon, we can’t help but reflect on all we have learned and experienced while living in ‘Oregon’s Tallest Town.’ From the onset, Lakeview presented a stark contrast to life in the Wilamette Valley–with a population of only 2,400 and a […]

Growing Oregon: A photo essay of native seed production

By Ian Silvernail June 2018 In the fall of 2016, the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) leapt into the world of native seed production in an attempt to help fill some of the requests for the seed that is so integral to effective habitat restoration. Tremaine and Gail Arkley are allowing us to put their Malabon […]

Making more milkweeds for monarchs: breakthroughs in milkweed seed germination

IAE staff, June 2018 Monarch butterflies are declining at an alarming rate, in part due to the widespread loss of milkweeds, the plants on which all monarchs depend.  Without milkweeds, monarch butterflies have no place to lay their eggs and feed their larvae. One action people can take to help monarchs and other pollinators is […]

Botanizing in the Oregon Outback

Written by Nadav Mouallem and Clarissa Rodriguez May 2018 This season IAE has expanded into new territory, with a crew based in Lakeview, OR. Unlike the lush forests west of the Cascades, Lakeview sits on the edge of Oregon’s high desert country and aptly calls itself “The Tallest Town in Oregon” (at elevation of 4,800 […]

Get to know the 2018 Conservation Research crew!

By Lisa Schomaker, Mary McKean, and Michelle Yasutake May 2018 With the many crews we have going this summer, it can get tough to keep track. We have crews focused on conducting surveys for Willamette daisy, Streaked horned larks, as well as crews conducting surveys for a variety of species throughout Oregon. There are lots […]