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 […]

The Eye of the Bull-Frog

by Tamara Mullen — last modified Oct 30, 2012 3 guys, a full moon, and a gig… Gentle reminder: this story, albeit true, is not for the faint of heart. It was a warm summer night, the moon was full, and the hunt was on… Three guys, loaded with gigs, headed to the nearby ponds […]

Generous Hearts Triumph over Adversity

by Tamara Mullen — last modified Oct 29, 2012 Spirit Mountain Community Fund – Grant Award Celebration IAE Board Member Carol Savonen and Development Coordinator Tamara Mullen, ventured north to the Grand Ronde Tribal Governance Center in Grand Ronde, Oregon, for the Spirit Mountain Community Fund Quarterly Check Presentation – a Confederated Tribes of Grand […]

Point Reyes bird’s beak: Population monitoring and disturbance evaluation

Cordylanthus maritimus ssp. palustris (Point Reyes bird’s beak)  Point Reyes bird’s beak (Cordylanthus maritimus ssp. palustris) is a unique hemiparasitic halophite native to salt marshes on the coasts of Oregon and California.  It is only found in tidal salt marshes, leaving many of the populations exposed to the threats of filling, tidal manipulation, and water […]

Population monitoring of Cusick’s lupine in Baker County, Oregon

Cusick’s lupine inflorescence Lupinus lepidus var. cusickii (Cusick’s lupine) is a narrow endemic forb inhabiting eroding volcanic ash deposits in eastern Oregon’s Baker County.  Given its extremely limited geographic distribution, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has listed it as a state endangered species.  The BLM considers it to be a special status species, meaning that […]

Population dynamics of Mulford’s milkvetch

Population monitoring at the South Alkali population. Vale, Oregon Although Oregon is well known for its coniferous forests, low valley prairies, and coastline that receive high amounts of rainfall, nearly two thirds of the state exhibits semi-arid habitat conditions.  Oregon’s eastern desert region experiences greater seasonal fluctuation than the western portion of the state and […]

The Effects of Fire on Parish’s horse-nettle

Beginning in 2009, IAE, in cooperation with the Medford BLM, has been conducting a fire ecology experiment in Jackson County in order to create a better understanding of the effects that fire has on the growth and reproduction of Parish’s horse-nettle (Solanum parishii).  Prior to this study, very little experimental research had been conducted looking […]

In Search of clustered lady’s slipper (Cypripedium Fasciculatum)

Clustered lady’s slipper habitat Clustered lady’s slipper (Cypripedium fasciculatum) is a member of the orchid family that occurs throughout the western states and it is one of only three members of the Cypripedium genus endemic to western North America.  The Bureau of Land Management and the USDA Forest Service have listed the plant as a […]

Population Monitoring of Calochortus greenei

In 2000, President Clinton designated 53,000 acres of federal land in South Oregon as a national monument due to the high variety of species in a geographically small area.  The Cascade Siskiyou National Monumentis the first monument in the nation that has been set aside solely for the protection of biodiversity.  The monument’s extreme diversity […]