ORBIC Special Projects
Western Snowy Plover
The western snowy plover (Charadrius nivosus nivosus) was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1973. Oregon Biodiversity Information Center staff have surveyed and monitored snowy plovers along the Oregon coast since the 1990s. Working with partners in the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation, The Nature Conservancy, and many others, ORBIC staff have collected decades of data on plover distribution, nesting locations and success, and predator controls and exclosure methods. Through these and other conservation efforts, populations of the western snowy plover have steadily increased. See ORBIC's snowy plover project webpage for more information.
INR-OSU and INR-PSU/ORBIC have been working with the U.S. Forest Service Southwest Region (R5) to write species accounts for species of potential conservation concern on their lands as required for updating national forest plans. See INR's species accounts project page for more information.
BLM Aquatic Assessment Inventory, and Monitoring
Lotic Habitat Assessment. Collecting stream condition data for habitat assessment for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Aquatic Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) Program in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, and Nevada.
Wetland and Riparian Monitoring. Collecting wetland condition data for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Aquatic Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) Program in Southeastern Oregon and Northeastern California.