Meet the 2019 Conservation Research Interns!

by Miranda Geller May 2019 IAE 2019 Conservation Research Program Interns Eva, Erica, Cia, Rose and Crew Lead Miranda started on a typical gloomy spring day in Oregon, and have since been settling in and learning about what the season will bring for them. Eva, Cia, and Miranda will be traveling all over Oregon—from the […]

Snake River Correctional Institute Inmates sow 60,000 native plants for restoration

By Stacy Moore April 2019 At the Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario, Oregon, inmate Whitecalf carefully waters hundreds of trays of soil sprinkled with minuscule sagebrush seeds.  Nearby, two other inmates use a seeding tool to place approximately 5-7 seeds on top of the loam in each “conetainer,” a cone-shaped pot that allows […]

Exploring pollinator conservation as an essential skill

by Michel Wiman April 2019 We at IAE feel that science education and the opportunity to steward our planet’s natural resources should be available to all. Recently, I was invited to give a workshop for the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Program out of Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon. The goal of the program […]

In search of the next generation of ecologists

By Denise Giles February 2019 It is always with a sense of excitement that we sort through applications looking for the team of seasonal interns that will contribute to our research, monitoring and restoration efforts. After 10 years of contributing to this process, I am always invigorated by the interest and passion for the natural […]

What native bees live in northern New Mexico? New bee inventory sheds light

By Olivia Carril, PhD, IAE partner and contractor February 2019 The southwest is often characterized by its stark beauty and vast landscapes. Here, rocks that sparkle in a ceaseless sun create a mosaic, from which sprout homely junipers and unwelcoming cacti. Mountains lie silently, 300 miles distant, the view of them uninterrupted by lush trees, […]

Four Reasons to Love Prairies

By Anna Ramthun February 2019 We talk a lot about prairie restoration at IAE. But why do we care about prairies? Why should you care about them?  Although prairies don’t provide the obvious resources that forests do (no trees), and they do not provide the splashy benefits of wetlands (requiring folks to mitigate their losses), […]

The New Mexico Nature in Prisons Project: A Successful First Year

By Ella Samuel, Melanie Gisler, & Lillis Urban January 2019 More than 7,000 people are currently incarcerated in New Mexico state prisons, and this number is only projected to rise (See Source below; New Mexico prison population forecast, 2017). Despite a large and growing inmate population, New Mexico correctional facilities have few educational programs that […]

Teaching Animal Tracking in Juvenile Detention

By Tyler Knapp January 2019 How do you teach high school students about animal tracking if they are incarcerated, and can’t go out in nature? Well, you bring the tracks to them! On Wednesday January 9th, IAE Ecological Education Coordinator Tyler Knapp and Stacy Moore, Ecological Education Program Director, did just that at the Linn-Benton […]

The year in review

By Michel Wiman January 2019 As 2019 dawns and we plan IAE’s 20th year, we can take a moment to reflect on our restoration, research, and education over the last 12 months.  We’ve checked a lot of boxes in 2018: Growing native plants As of this writing, IAE has 1,340 acres of Oregon habitat in […]

Staff Publication: Choosing native plants for pollinators…but not pests!

By Kimiora Ward January 2019 Widespread attention to pollinator declines has motivated land managers, farmers, and gardeners to plant wildflowers for pollinator habitat at large and small scales, but the question always arises – which native plant species give us the biggest bang for our buck? IAE’s new Southwest Office Restoration Program Coordinator Kimiora Ward […]

Flight of the Fender’s Blue

By Carolyn Menke January 2019 Fender’s blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi) was listed as an endangered species primarily because of its extreme rarity due to upland and wet prairie habitat loss and fragmentation. Sites with the butterfly across its range in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, have been monitored on a mostly annual basis for almost […]

Kids Go Wild Learning about Migratory Birds

By Dionné Mej̨ía November 2018 “Cool, I love the red throat on the hummingbird,” claimed a young student during Lincoln Elementary School’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) night on November 14th. Numerous students examined bird study skins and nests to learn about three particular birds—the black-throated gray warbler, the great blue heron, and […]

Season’s Plantings

by Anna Ramthun December 2018 As the planting season and the year draw to end, we are feeling incredibly grateful for our volunteer base! With their help, the Habitat Restoration Program was able to plant 34,460 plugs, bulbs, trees, shrubs, and bare-root native plants this year. Of these, 4,885 were plugs of threatened and endangered […]