This past week we welcomed our new crew of IAE/NPSO interns: Liza Holtz, Sarai Carter, and Ari Freitag! Liza is absolutely thrilled to be a Conservation Research Intern with IAE! She received a B.S. in Natural Sciences with an emphasis in Biology from the University of Puget Sound (2013). During her undergraduate studies she researched […]
This has been a boom year for Taylor’s checkerspot, an endangered species in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The two remaining populations in the state have both shown great numbers – over 1000 butterflies each – and at least some of this appears to be due to strong land stewardship by Benton County Natural Areas and Parks […]
Our education team has been busy presenting interactive lectures and presentations at participating SPP prisons throughout Oregon and Idaho. Our Great Basin Sagebrush Project is part of the greater Sustainability in Prisons Project. We work closely with the Department of Corrections, Bureau of Land Management, and the SPP network to provide unique and meaningful ecological activities to incarcerated men and women […]
This is a mature dwarf woolly meadowfoam after it has blossomed.
We monitored plant communities, which involved challenging grass identification.
The crew on top of Lower Table Rock after a long, steep hike.
A blanket of camas along the trail.
A young amateur botanist that we met. He enthusiastically pointed out flowers to his mom!
A remaining vernal pool at Lower Table Rock. A home to dwarf woolly meadowfoam as well as fairy shrimp, frogs, and diving beetles!
We saw evidence of elk grazing on wild onion and other plants.
A spectacular view of Mount McLoughlin from Upper Table Rock.
Calling all private landowners! Do you have a piece of remnant oak or prairie habitat that you want to manage and/or restore? This workshop will cover restoration planning, implementation and tools, common restoration challenges, restoring for wildlife (including birds, rare plants, and butterflies), and balancing mixed use of property with restoration. We will focus on helping […]
The iconic greater sage-grouse, a species recently being considered for endangered species listing, is getting a helping hand from a unique set of partners from Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE), Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP), and more recently Washington Department of Corrections (WDOC). Peggy Olwell, the National Plant Materials Program Lead, […]
On May 7th eleven people experienced the Marys River up close and personal on a magical kayak adventure. Institute for Applied Ecology teamed with Cascadia Expeditions to guide participants on the river while learning about local wildlife and native plants. Participants practiced birding skills and handled bird study skins as well as learning some bird […]
Recently the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) and Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) exchanged site tours for staff involved in habitat restoration. This was a great opportunity to exchange ideas, discuss the control of problem weed species and see different stages of restoration projects – all in a similar, yet unfamiliar environment. On May […]
Whilst working on a fragment of coastal prairie in Gearhart, Oregon, we were pleasantly surprised (and alarmed!) by an elk herd that was passing through our work site. While the cows grazed at a safe distance, two juvenile bulls let curiosity get the better of them and gave us an up-close show. We were thrilled to see […]
Restoring Native Species and Habitats Started a seed production farm for Willamette Valley and coastal prairie species, helping fill an ongoing need for high-quality native plant materials for restoration. Launched the Southwest Seed Partnership to improve the supply and diversity of native seed for large scale restoration in New Mexico and Arizona. Planted over 130,000 […]
The 5th annual Invasive Species Cook-Off & Potluck, IAE’s annual party and fundraiser, was held at the Benton County Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 27th, 2016. Cook-Off contestants planned their dishes for days, weeks, even months in advance. Hunters and gatherers headed out at dawn and dusk to collect invasive bullfrogs and clams, while others harvested fresh […]
The Conservation Research field crew completed our last work trip of the season, camping near Coos Bay and working on BLM land amidst the sand dunes of the North Spit. After many weeks of camping and working out in the desert of eastern Oregon, we were all excited to spend a week on the coast, […]