Welcome to the 2013 Field Season!

The 2013 field season is starting up and the 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 researching management techniques for the Bradshaw’s lomatium, establishing monitoring protocols for coastal grassland restoration, and monitoring […]

Reintroduction and management of the Willamette daisy

Vegetative E. decumbens in the greenhouse The Willamette daisy (Erigeron decumbens var. decumbens) is an herbaceous perennial in the Asteraceae family that is endemic to Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  Although it was once common throughout wet prairies and upland meadows in the region, habitat degradation and fragmentation has caused a severe decline in population numbers.  There […]

Unicorn Reintroduction Going Ahead as Planned

by Tom Kaye — last modified Apr 02, 2013 IAE ecologists are planning to move ahead with the first wild release of unicorns (Equus monotuskus) after delays in receiving permits from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The captive herd that has been bred in the Coast Range of western Oregon will be released […]

Top Ten worst invasives reclassified as native

by Tom Kaye — last modified Mar 31, 2013 The US Department of Agriculture has announced that it is reclassifying the country’s top ten worst invaders as native species. From Kudzu to Himalayan blackberry to cheatgrass, the most troublesome species will now be considered native and desirable. The move will save government agencies, farmers, and […]

Umpqua green gentian on the Calapooya Divide

ASE intern, Eddie, monitors a transect Frasera umpquaensis (Umpqua green gentian) is a tall, tap-rooted perennial plant that is endemic to Oregon and northern California.  Although there are populations of Umpqua green gentian in southern Oregon that appear to be healthy in size and distribution, there are five peripheral populations along the Calapooya Divide that […]

Some like it hot! Fire and the horsenettle

by Tom Kaye — last modified Feb 28, 2013 Research suggests short term benefit of fire on Parish’s horse-nettle Parish’s horse nettle (Solanum parishii) is a rare plant in the nightshade family (Solanaceae) that is imperiled in Oregon.  Individuals typically grow in small populations (less than 10 plants) scattered across the landscape in chaparral habitat […]

IAE receives Award from the Wildlife Society

by Tom Kaye — last modified Feb 28, 2013 The Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society recognizes IAE for contributions to habitat conservation at their 2013 meeting Each year the Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society presents a Conservation Award to recognize individuals, city or county agencies, corporations, or conservation organizations for demonstrating ongoing, positive […]

IAE Joins EarthShare Oregon

by Tom Kaye — last modified Feb 28, 2013 EarthShare Oregon selects seven new member organizations, including IAE February marked IAE becoming a new member group of EarthShare Oregon. EarthShare engages people at their workplaces, bringing new support to environmental endeavors in your local community, across Oregon, and around the world. Through a single gift […]

New Discovery! Rare Taylor’s checkerspots eat rare golden paintbrush

by Tom Kaye — last modified Feb 22, 2013 IAE ecologists confirm that caterpillars of Taylor’s checkerspot feed on threatened golden paintbrush plants On a chilly February afternoon ecologists from IAE visited the Beazell Memorial Forest in Benton County, Oregon. A restored prairie at this site is home to the rare Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly, and […]

Horse Rock Ridge Restoration and Monitoring

Grass meadows and Douglas fir forests create a mosaic landscape at Horse Rock Ridge Horse Rock Ridge is a unique mosaic habitat located in the Coburg Hills that has received dual designation from the Bureau of Land Management as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern and a Research Natural Area.  Areas that receive such designations […]

Pink sand verbena monitoring on the Oregon Coast

Abronia umbellata ssp. breviflora Pink sand verbena (Abronia umbellata ssp. breviflora) is a short-lived perennial in the Nyctaginaceae family that is native to the Pacific Coast.  Individuals of this species only reproduce by seed and many individuals act as annuals, flowering and dying in their first year of growth.  Given their placement on dynamic dune […]

Kincaid’s lupine in Douglas County, Oregon

Lupine leaves and racemes Lupinus oreganus, commonly known as Kincaid’s lupine, is a perennial forb native to the Pacific Northwest ecoregion.   It is found in wet prairie habitats and open oak woodlands, both of which are habitat types that have experienced extreme degradation and fragmentation due to urban and agricultural development.  Although Kincaid’s lupine is […]