Rubus bartonianus (Bartonberry)

Say hello to one of our newest species of interest here at IAE, Rubus bartonianus (Bartonberry, RUBA). This diminutive little berry is a member of the genus Rubus, which encompasses a wide variety of aggregate fruiting berries such as blackberries, raspberries, marionberries, and salmon berries (to name just a few). Rubus bartonianus grows exclusively on the […]

Umpqua green gentian likes it cold…

Frasera umpquaensis. Photo credit: Denise Giles-Johnson. Our field 2014 season slowly came to a close as the mercury rose and plants began to senesce. Luckily, we have managed to get a little relief from the heat as we studied Frasera umpquensis in the Cascade foothills near Cottage Grove, Oregon. Also known as the Umpqua green gentian, […]

Goodbye, Good Luck, and Good Riddance

As the field season comes to a close we say goodbye to our Conservation Research interns Amy and Suzanne. The Institute for Applied Ecology relies heavily on their interns during the summer to complete all their field work on time (before the plants senesce), as well as data entry, and greenhouse work. Our interns are […]

Let’s hear it for the birds

After the long hours of staring at the ground, it’s nice to give that neck a stretch and look up! In this weeks’ blog, I (Amy) want to give a shout out to those little flying machines that have been serenading us with sweet melodies during our long work days. American goldfinches perched near a field […]

Calochortus coxii- Crinite Mariposa Lily

Members of the genus Calochortus, more commonly known as mariposa lilies, are often considered overlooked gems of forested and grassland ecosystems. These diminutive lilies are found along the North American Pacific coast, from Southern Canada to Central America. Species can vary greatly in both appearance and habit. Calochortus coxii. Photo credit: Emma MacDonald Calochortus coxii, […]

Snapshots of the season

This month has been a busy one! With all of the projects that we have to tackle, there just isn’t time to write about each one. So for this week’s post, here are some snapshots from our busy month of surveys and monitoring. We may talk more about some of these projects later on–but for now, enjoy […]

Wetland restoration resource launched

Wetland Prairie Restoration: An Online Resource is a comprehensive introduction to the history and ecology of wetland prairies in the Willamette Valley and overview of the restoration process. This new online resource is based on the soon-to-be-completed ‘Practical Guidelines for Wetland Prairie Restoration in the Willamette Valley, Oregon,’ which distills 10 years of research and […]

Loopy for Lupine!

This past week, we took a trip down to the Umpqua River basin near Roseburg, OR to monitor Lupinus oreganus (Kincaid’s lupine), which is a federally threatened species and an obligate host plant to the endangered Icaricia icarioides fenderi (Fender’s blue butterfly). This area is home to the southernmost populations of L. oreganus.  Lupinus oreganus typically occurs in native upland […]

Tom Brewster: Maker of Nest Boxes for Birds

Tom Brewster donated endless hours to make over 100 bird boxes for students of IAE partner schools who are part of the Ever Green Riparian Stewards Program. IAE is ever grateful to Tom for his amazing contributions to our Ecological Education Program and to the lives of young people and their teachers. Tom Brewster, from […]

Sidalcea nelsoniana Experimental Plots

Last week an IAE team monitored Nelson’s checkermallow at experimental plots to compare the success of planting seeds, plugs or rhizomes, four years after establishment. The plots were at 6 Wetlands Reserve Program (NRCS) conservation easements in the Willamette Valley. Pictured are summer field crew members Scott Orr, Emma MacDonald and Amy Comstock, and IAE […]

Battling Brachypodium sylvaticum (false-brome)

We’re at it again! This time, however, instead of scouting out a rare flower, we are attempting to eradicate the all too familiar Brachypodium sylvaticum (false-brome). Although B. sylvaticum may not be as ostentatious as other invasives, such as Himalayan blackberry and Scotch broom, do not underestimate the effect that this intruder can have on […]