Fender’s Blue Butterfly in 2020

By Carolyn Menke January 2021 Every year poses a unique challenge when trying to complete sunshine-dependent butterfly surveys in the Pacific Northwest, but 2020 definitely stands out.  The initial surge of the COVID-19 pandemic began just before the onset of the monitoring season for one of the endangered butterflies of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Fender’s blue […]

The fruits of our labors – Restoration progress at Herbert Farm & Natural Area

Herbert Farm and Natural Area, a few miles south of Corvallis, Oregon, is becoming known for its birds and wildflowers. The City of Corvallis (City) acquired the 221-acre property in 2002. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) holds a conservation easement through the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program, which is funded by the Bonneville Power Administration. The […]

Plot frames and pin flags: Stories from seasons in the field

By Nadav Mouallem, Crew Leader December 2020 It was eight o’clock in the morning in early April, 2017, and Boris, our affectionately-named blue Subaru Outback, was packed to the brim: tapes, plot frames, pin flags, groceries, camping gear, and personal luggage. We were heading south to Roseburg, Oregon, to outplant Kincaid’s lupine (Lupinus oreganus). After […]