Our Flora Retrospective: One Year of the Vesper Meadow Plant List
An artists’ show and tell: inspired by Vesper Meadow
Because plants are the basis for habitat, they are the first thing that we started tracking.
Just one year after the Vesper Meadow Restoration Preserve was established, we are feeling retrospective. The pervasive late-summer smell of tarweed has become familiar, and we are starting to see subtle changes in vegetation.
Community power, all the way.
Beautiful pictures and words from those who have spent time and found creative inspiration at Vesper Meadow this summer
Facts and Beauty:
Our new video! Get a sneak peak of restoration, glimpse of summer education programs and support the community conservation network at Vesper Meadow...
Poetry calling for Stewardship
Let’s make the human-land connection relevant once again
Born of a decade-long dream, the Vesper Meadow Education Program is a nature-based education program that fully integrates science + art + stewardship. At best, science gives us facts and art gives us beauty. We need both if we are going to sustain a Conservation Movement….
How? and Why? Vesper Meadow Restoration Preserve
With poetry, Vesper Meadow Aquatic Research Intern Crystal Nichols calls for stewardship and care of wildlife
A Photographer’s View of Vesper Meadow
The Vesper Meadow Restoration and Education Program has already felt like it is creating a life of its own. I have been talking quite a bit about the project to all sorts of folks and there are many trending questions that have surfaced. Here, I attempt to answer some of the Frequently Asked Questions that have come up:
Marvelous Macroinvertebrates: Caddisfly edition
There are so many things happening in the world today that we have to fight against – to stop, to resist, to reverse. We also need opportunities to create, to bring alternative visions to life, to show what we can do when we work together in community. That’s one reason I’m grateful for projects like the Vesper Meadow Education Program.
The Allure of Aspen
If you have slept in a sleeping bag before, or at least know what one is, you may be able to relate to the Caddisfly. The incredible Caddisfly family, aka Trichopterans are known as “case-makers,” due to their trademark protective cases they create for themselves out of various natural materials.
The Practice of Science with Community
Vesper Meadow has many beautiful and mesmerizing features, but one of its most noticeable is the three Aspen stands. These stands line the field with amazing colors throughout the seasons and hundreds of people a year get to enjoy their beauty from the road. I first came to be engulfed by the aspen when I started my beaver research at Vesper.
…that’s how we imagine the next Mardon Skipper sighting here at Vesper Meadow. The butterfly is so rare, it’s a candidate for the federal endangered species list. But, recent research has shown that the Mardon’s largest population cluster in Oregon is right next door to us at Howard Prairie!