The Lomakatsi Restoration Project was awarded a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund to restore and enhance 300 acres of degraded monarch habitat. Combined with $260,000 in matching funds from multiple partners, this project will connect butterfly habitats throughout the region. Read the News Release.
The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved $33.2 million in funding for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to conserve more than 81,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds across the United States.
Beavers are nature’s engineers, creating habitat and resources that support other species in the ecosystem. In August and September, volunteers with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council in Portland have been documenting beaver activity in their watershed. Learn how beavers can be used to restore streams, floodplains, wetlands, and riparian areas here.
Biologists recently captured a small number of female Oregon silverspot butterflies and brought them to the Oregon Zoo so they could lay their eggs and develop under optimal conditions for later release back into their natural habitat. Captive propogation not only supplements wild populations but also allows for retintroduction into the butterfly's former range.
We had the distinguished honor of hosting 4 scientists from the Northeastern Asia Biodiversity Institute and the National Institute of Biological Resources in Korea who were interested in learning more about the history, status, policies and regulation of endangered species in the U.S. Following a day of presentations, our visitors went on a field tour of the Clackamas River where they learned about our efforts to reintroduce bull trout. We look forward to continued collaborations!
$2.2 Million for Oregon Conservation
The Service awarded ESA Section 6 money to 3 projects in Oregon. These competitive grants enable states to work with private landowners, conservation groups and other government entities to conserve and recover imperiled species. Funds will enable partners to protect habitat and develop a Habitat Conservation Plan.Read the news release for more details.
Conservation Efforts Recover WA Ground Squirrel
Thanks to successful conservation partnerships, the Washington ground squirrel and Northern wormwood do not need Federal ESA protection. A not warranted finding published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, September 21st.
In the spotlight: Northern wormwood
Northern wormwood is a small perennial plant in the aster family that grows along the banks of the Columbia River. Historically it occurred in Oregon and Washington from the mouth of the John Day River to the mouth of the Hood River. Service biologists have been working with Humble Roots Farm & Nursery, Washington Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to help recover the species by outplanting and monitoring wormwood.
Art Meets Science
Jr. Duck Stamp Art Exhibit
The winning entries from the 2016 Jr. Duck Stamp Contest are on display throughout Oregon. See the Best of Show and a total of 36 first, second, and third place winners:
July 1- Sept 30: Wallowology Natural History Discovery Center (Joseph, Oregon)
Oct 3 - Oct 26: Finley National Wildlife Refuge (Corvallis, Oregon)
Oct 28 - Nov 30: Oregon State Capital (Salem, Oregon)
Learn more about the Jr. Duck Stamp Program in Oregon here
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