National News Coverage of Taylor’s Checkerspot Recovery Efforts

Efforts to recover the Taylor’s checkerspot in the prairies of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia are a collaborative effort and make use of innovative partnerships and programs. PBS special correspondent Cat Wise interviewed JBLM’s Dan Grosboll, SPP’s Kelli Bush, WDFW’s Mary Linders, as well as Mission Creek Corrections inmates Susan Christopher and Michelle Dittamore and

Native Plant Stewardship Training for Pierce and Thurston Counties

[View the flyer here or click image below.] The Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) is offering a new, six-week Native Plant Stewardship Program for Pierce and Thurston Counties in Spring 2016. This no-cost program combines classroom learning with field trips to educate stewards about the region’s native plants and their roles in local ecosystems and how

New videos share the beauty of the oaks and prairies of Oregon and Washington

The Yamhill Watershed Stewardship Fund recently supported the creation of a short documentary and a corresponding restoration supplement about Willamette Valley oak habitat. Together with a video released by the Center for Natural Lands Management about the prairie habitat of the South Puget Sound, these videos provide beautiful imagery and information about the history and importance of our

Prairie Seeding Prescriptions and Site Specific Adaptations

Recent seed establishment research in Western Washington Prairies suggests that responses to site preparation, seeding methods and seeding rates are highly variable among sites, species and years.  This may not be surprising and indicates that a site-specific, adaptive approach to prairie seeding will be the most successful.  Effective adaptive restoration requires good documentation of actions,

Oak Conservation Projects Benefit Landbirds

Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge Projects Benefit Landbirds and Other Wildlife Written by Graham Evans-Peters, Refuge Manager for Ankeny and Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuges This is an abridged version of an article originally posted on the Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture website. To read the full article, click here. Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) consists

2015 CPOP Conference — Deadline extended, banquet speaker announced

Deadline Extended | Abstracts due by Wednesday, August 12 We have extended the deadline and will be accepting abstracts through Wednesday, August 12th. For those who submitted abstracts by July 31, notice of acceptance will be provided by August 14th. CPOP is soliciting abstracts for oral and poster presentations that address prairie and oak birds,

Growers, Restoration Partners, and Students Come Together at the Violet Prairie Seed Farm

By Sierra Smith, Conservation Nursery Program Manager, Center for Natural Lands Management.  CNLM transitioned from Webster’s seed farm to the Violet Prairie seed farm in 2014 (click the links to learn more about each). To learn more about the Center for Natural Lands Management’s South Sound Program, click here. On May 8th the sun was shining and

Breadth of knowledge on display at gathering in the Willamette Valley

By Edward Alverson Even though we now live in the “Age of Information”, where technology provides countless tools for sharing and accumulating knowledge, there are times when there is no substitute for in-person interaction. Proof of this was found on February 19th, when about 75 Willamette Valley habitat managers, restorationists, and researchers gathered in Eugene