Bee Sticks in the Name of Conservation

By Matt Bahm, Steve Walters, David Cappaert, Lauren Merrill, and Annie Joliff All photos by David Cappaert June 2020 Willamette daisy (Erigeron decumbens) was once found throughout the Willamette Valley in northwestern Oregon, but is now restricted to only a few scattered remnant populations. Conservation efforts have increased the amount of Willamette daisy on the […]

Two hours from nowhere: monitoring remote sagebrush ecosystems in Eastern Oregon

By Lisa Schomaker and Kaitlyn Harless February 2020 Eighty miles from cell service and ten miles off the highway, on a bumpy track just north of the Nevada state line, botanical monitoring technician Kaitlyn Harless saw her first herd of pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) in the wild. Not long after, a wild horse (Equus ferus) galloped over […]

Finding hidden gems among a sea of lava rocks

By IAE Seasonal Technicians Erika Stewart and Ed Cope September 2019 Field work can be unpredictable, especially in Southern Idaho’s Shrub-Steppe ecosystem, and our 2019 season checked all of the boxes, from crazy weather (snow, hail, thunderstorms, and unrelenting sun) to ever-changing hitch schedules and roads that do not seem to exist. This year, the […]

Federally threatened bird successfully hatched

By Meghan Dugan, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife October 1, 2019 Habitat created just for streaked horned larks on Herbert Farm and Natural Area (HFNA) successfully produced its first juvenile larks. Three eggs were laid in early June with chicks hatching in mid-July. Biologists banded the chicks which fledged their nest successfully, a significant […]

Every early-career scientist needs this, and our Internship Program provides it

By Michel Wiman August 2019 ‘Experience required.’ Look through any science or land management job board and these words will be there, usually in the Minimum Qualifications section. The experience required for most permanent land management and ecology positions often includes field techniques and real-life data collection. So what’s a recent graduate to do for […]

Restoration of Willamette Valley Upland Prairies at Fern Ridge Reservoir

Executive Summary This document summarizes long-term monitoring and provides management recommendations for prairie restoration efforts at Fern Ridge Reservoir on lands managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers.  Quantitative and/or qualitative monitoring has occurred annually since 2008, dependent upon whether treatment actions have occurred.  In 2018, we quantitatively monitored 9 sites: Big Spires, West […]

Welcome to Table Rocks, may I take your order?

By Cia Crowe and Eva Brod June 2019 Have you ever been so hungry that nearly everything around you reminds you of food? Well, that is exactly what happened to our crew while on top of Upper and Lower Table Rocks near Medford, Oregon this April. During our daily hikes up the steep switchbacks, throughout […]

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 […]

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 […]

Assessing management techniques for Lomatium cookii

This document summarizes results from two studies involving habitat management techniques for L. cookii to support recovery of the species.  The studies include 1) an evaluation of herbicide effects at Illinois Forks State Park, in areas occupied and unoccupied with L. cookii and 2) the effects of prescribed fire on L. cookii and the surrounding […]

Rare plant monitoring in the Lakeview Resource Area

During the spring and summer of 2018, we monitored 18 plant species (15 vascular, three non-vascular) listed as special status species (SSS) in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Lakeview Resource Area. Approximately 2,000 acres were surveyed and 12 of the 18 target species were observed over the survey period stretching from April 11th to June 26th.

Seed germination of Peck’s penstemon

Peck’s penstemon (Penstemon peckii) is endemic to Oregon, occurring in only Deschutes and Jefferson counties.  It is considered a Sensitive Species by the US Forest Service, and a Species of Concern by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  Most of its known occurrences are on the Deschutes National Forest. Previous research on the germination of […]