Bradshaw’s lomatium is back!

By Andy Neill April 2021 Once thought extinct, the recovery and recent delisting of the endangered Bradshaw’s lomatium (Lomatium bradshawii) is a success story that IAE can celebrate with many of our partners. Who would have thought that when this species was re-discovered in the Willamette Valley in the late 1980’s, it would trigger an […]

2020 on the Farm: Growing through adversity

By Mara Friddle, Emily Wittkop, and James McAuliffe March 2021 Through the tribulations of what has been a harrowing year, we take solace in the ability to overcome and move forward. The 2020 growing season is a reminder that even through personnel changes, historic wildfires, and a global pandemic, our work is important and worth […]

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 […]

Osmia Out of Nowhere, and Other Pollinator Tales

By David Cappaert, IAE Pollinator Crew September 2020 We often think of pollination as a discrete event, e.g., the interaction between a sunflower and a bumblebee. But the bee might visit a dozen other pollen sources, and the sunflower might benefit from dozens of pollinator species. If you look at this broader picture, for all […]

In search of Willamette Daisy!

By Marisa Mancillas, Jillian Demus, Chelsea Osbron, and Amy Zimmer August 2018   This field season, IAE’s Habitat Restoration and Conservation Research Programs partnered to conduct a range-wide inventory of the endangered Willamette daisy (Erigeron decumbens). The goal of this project was to obtain an up-to-date status of this endemic plant and its associated habitat […]

Monitoring Fender's blue butterflies

The Fender’s blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi) is an endangered species which is only found in the Willamette Valley, at sites that include its preferred host plant, the threatened Kincaid’s lupine (Lupinus oreganus). Thought to be extinct, the species was rediscovered in 1989 in small remnant populations. Prairie habitat loss, degradation and encroachment by trees, […]