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 […]

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 […]

Hisssssteria in Cave Junction

Our most recent field study took us to French Flats near Cave Junction, Oregon. We were lucky enough to enjoy sunny and warm weather while surveying Lomatium cookii, a southern Oregon endemic parsley. This little guy was a little upset we were surveying in his territory. He gave us a show and then went on […]

Finding Fritillary

Fritillaria gentneri (Gentner’s fritillary)Photo credit: Scott Orr The 2014 field season kicked-off last week with a trip down to Grants Pass, OR. Our mission was to monitor an endangered population of Fritillaria gentneri (Gentner’s fritillary). F. gentneri is endemic to a small portion of Southern Oregon and Northern California with the largest number of individuals […]

Meet the 2014 IAE/NPSO interns!

The 2014 field season is gearing up and the IAE Conservation Research crew will be back on the road to conduct annual monitoring and research on plant species and ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest.  Projects scheduled for this year include monitoring and researching management techniques for the Cook’s desert parsley, surveying for Cusick’s lupine in […]

SPRING HAS SPRUNG AT LOWER TABLE ROCKS

View from Lower Table Rocks, Pictured from left: Erin Gray, Scott Orr and Denise Giles-Johnson Photo credit: Tara Callaway It’s that time of year again! Field season has kicked off for the Conservation Research program at the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE). This year, our season began at Lower Table Rocks located in southern Oregon […]

Long-term Demographics and Climate Change Effects on Rare Native Plants

Article contributed by Ian Pfingsten, Plant Conservation Biologist, Special Projects Program Oregon’s flora and fauna face a no-analog future climate, a climate where environments are changing faster than many species have ever experienced.  If we maintain business as usual, then by 2100, the average annual temperature of the Pacific Northwest will rise by at least […]

Horse Rock Ridge Outplantings and Updates

Denise Giles-Johnson and Erin Gray out-planting natives and removing invasive species. Since 2006, the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) has partnered with Eugene District BLM to coordinate research and restoration efforts at Horse Rock Ridge. Horse Rock Ridge is dually classified as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern and a Research Natural Area. The site […]

AmeriCorps Team Helps IAE Restore Prairies

Ten young adults, a van, and a mission of service By Emily Sugarman (AmeriCorps NCCC Green 2 team member) and Peter Moore (IAE Restoration Ecologist) The Green 2 AmeriCorps crew and Guy Banner (IAE) during a day’s planting of Nelson’s checkermallow and other prairie species. The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) recently had the good […]

Untangling soil nutrients, prairie communities, and golden paintbrush

This summer golden paintbrush were thriving at a reintroduction site at William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge (photo by Caitlin Lawrence). Golden Paintbrush, Castilleja levisecta, is an endangered herb which is endemic to the Pacific Northwest. While it was once abundant in British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon, there are only eleven known natural populations remaining. […]

Kincaid’s Lupine and the Prospects of Climate Change

Kincaid’s lupine flowering at Fir Butte. Kincaid’s lupine (Lupinus oreganus), a rare species native to prairies of western Oregon and southwestern Washington, is a host for the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi). As such, Kincaid’s lupine has become the focus of restoration efforts throughout its range. Populations are generally found on private, unprotected […]