OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Faculty and students in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife acquire, integrate, and disseminate knowledge about fish and wildlife at all levels of biological organization.
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Caleb, the current @oregonstate Bird Nerds president talking to conference goers at the #WillametteValleyBirdSymposium. ...
01/26/2020

Caleb, the current @oregonstate Bird Nerds president talking to conference goers at the #WillametteValleyBirdSymposium. ⁣

If you're interested in a future in ornithology, Oregon State has an extensive program. You can read more about all that we offer at fw.oregonstate.edu/flock 🦉🦅🦆

We have robust teaching collections housed in our department. Today a small percentage of our bird specimens are on disp...
01/25/2020

We have robust teaching collections housed in our department. Today a small percentage of our bird specimens are on display. Our fish, mammal, and bird collections are used in our academic courses and at outreach events like the #WillametteValleyBirdSymposium. ⁣

Can you name the bird in the last photo? @ Oregon State University

01/25/2020

Barred owl dissection at Willamette Valley Bird Symposium

Ryan Baumbusch's talk is on barred owl stomach contents and how those diet discoveries can inform conservation efforts o...
01/25/2020

Ryan Baumbusch's talk is on barred owl stomach contents and how those diet discoveries can inform conservation efforts of spotted owls. Turns out barred owls really like to eat salamanders.

We will be live streaming a barred owl dissection shortly on our page.

Acoustic recordings are a useful data method that we use in many of our research projects in our department. They allow ...
01/25/2020

Acoustic recordings are a useful data method that we use in many of our research projects in our department. They allow collection of large amounts of data with minimal disturbances to wildlife. ⁣

Jill Tengeres is working on a project in Alaska using passive acoustic recordings for monitoring occupancy and abundance of Aleutian Tern colonies.

According to Tyler Dungannon, his approach to his talk today is "winging it". He is the first of six talks from our depa...
01/25/2020

According to Tyler Dungannon, his approach to his talk today is "winging it".

He is the first of six talks from our department today!

01/25/2020

Chintimini Wildlife Center live bird demonstration!

We are live streaming the symposium today so if you can't be here in person you can join us on Zoom! https://oregonstate...
01/25/2020
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We are live streaming the symposium today so if you can't be here in person you can join us on Zoom!

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It's a nice day for a bird symposium. Is anyone at the Willamette Valley Bird Symposium today? We'll be taking photos an...
01/25/2020

It's a nice day for a bird symposium. Is anyone at the Willamette Valley Bird Symposium today?

We'll be taking photos and live streaming some
of today's demonstrations!

It's Friday afternoon so take a little scroll through the depths of our oceans. Is there anything on this list that surp...
01/17/2020
The Deep Sea

It's Friday afternoon so take a little scroll through the depths of our oceans. Is there anything on this list that surprised you?

Scroll down the deep sea in this interactive page.

"After nearly two decades of research and monitoring efforts, the Grouper Moon team has just published some of our key r...
01/08/2020
REEF Reef Environmental Education Foundation

"After nearly two decades of research and monitoring efforts, the Grouper Moon team has just published some of our key results in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science."

Scott Heppell has been heavily involved with this project, and the recovery results are an exciting and motivating beacon for conservation. Thank you for all of your hard work, Grouper Moon.

We are thrilled to share an exciting update from the Grouper Moon Project. After nearly two decades of research and monitoring efforts, the Grouper Moon team has just published some of our key results in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

For the paper, researchers used tagging and video survey data to estimate changes in the number of aggregating Nassau Grouper. In both Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, Nassau Grouper aggregations have more than tripled in response to adaptive management by the Cayman Islands government. On Little Cayman, the aggregating population grew from around 1,200 fish in 2009 to over 7,000 in 2018. This study is the first to show sustained recovery of Nassau Grouper populations following fisheries-induced collapse.

REEF initiated the Grouper Moon Project in 2001 in collaboration with the Cayman Islands Department of Environment, and it has become one of our flagship programs. We work in partnership with scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Oregon State University. The project is the Caribbean’s oldest continuous grouper spawning aggregation research program, and represents one of the most advanced, multi-faceted tropical fisheries research programs in the world.

The journal, and the academic community, have dubbed the program a rare conservation success story for the critically endangered Nassau Grouper.

You can read the full scientific study here: https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/01/01/1917132117

Aggregation photo by Josh Stewart, (c)Grouper Moon Project.

Scott Heppell helps to save an endangered species in the Cayman Islands 👍
01/02/2020
Taking Stock: Collaboration Aids Nassau Grouper Recovery in Cayman Islands

Scott Heppell helps to save an endangered species in the Cayman Islands 👍

When writing about a species that reproduces in a massive annual gathering, in which thousands of frenzied, 20-pound fish jostle in the swift ocean current, clouding the water with sperm and eggs, it is tempting to use sex to catch your reader’s attention.

"The important result was that it's not all about salmon abundance," said Johnny Armstrong, a professor and ecologist at...
01/02/2020
Small streams play critical role in survival of brown bears, study finds | CBC News

"The important result was that it's not all about salmon abundance," said Johnny Armstrong, a professor and ecologist at Oregon State University, noting the diversity of fish and where they spawn also plays a key role.
College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University

A new stud says while small streams are home to only about 20 per cent of the salmon in the Wood River basin watershed, they account for half of the salmon brown bears eat.

Congratulations to Scott Heppell for winning the R.M. Wade Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented by the College of...
12/26/2019

Congratulations to Scott Heppell for winning the R.M. Wade Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented by the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University The award will be presented at the Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon at the end of February.

Congratulations to Liz Kelly for winning the F.E. Price/Agricultural Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Student...
12/26/2019

Congratulations to Liz Kelly for winning the F.E. Price/Agricultural Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Student Advising and Counceling, presented by the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University. The award will be presented at the Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon at the end of February.

Congratulations to Ivan Arismendi for winning the Savery Outstanding Young Faculty Award, presented by the College of Ag...
12/26/2019

Congratulations to Ivan Arismendi for winning the Savery Outstanding Young Faculty Award, presented by the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University. The award will be presented at the Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon at the end of February.

Marine Mammal Institute
12/23/2019
Marine Mammal Institute

Marine Mammal Institute

Dr. Daniel Palacios was recently interviewed by Dr. Chris Parsons for the Marine Mammal Science Podcast. Listen to the episode here, "Tracking Whales via Satellite Tags."

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College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University
OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center

Selina Heppell discusses her research, describes her department's strategy for the future, and reflects on better ways t...
12/11/2019
#24 Teaching the Next Generation of Conservationists

Selina Heppell discusses her research, describes her department's strategy for the future, and reflects on better ways to attract, train, inspire, and support the next generation of wildlife professionals. College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University

Nov 6, 2019 - Great conversation with Selina Heppell, the Chair of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. Selina discusses her research, describes her department's strategy for the future, and reflects on better ways to attract, train, inspire, and support the next gene...

Oregon State University Extension Service
12/11/2019
Oregon State University Extension Service

Oregon State University Extension Service

Extension's wildlife specialist Dana Sanchez in the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife shows how songbirds are studied at Snag Boat Bend in Linn County.

Beginning December 9th our department will be collecting donations for the Food Pantry at HSRC (Human Services Resource ...
12/11/2019

Beginning December 9th our department will be collecting donations for the Food Pantry at HSRC (Human Services Resource Center) that assists food insecure students, staff and community members. The HSRC staff were elated to hear of our interest! They’re located in the Champinefu Lodge, 1030 SW Madison Ave; more information about eligibility and the program at studentlife.oregonstate.edu.

Partnering with Linn-Benton Food Share, the food pantry offers 3-4 shopping style events per month, plus emergency food boxes as necessary. Clients select from fresh, frozen & canned goods, sometimes with fun surprises like hiking supplies or spices.

Our plan: the shelves have been pretty bare this season, so cash donations will be very much appreciated, and of course any fresh produce (?) or non-perishable store-bought food items will be welcome. Emily has a box for food items at the front desk, and will also accept cash or check donations. Please write checks to the OSU Foundation, with designation to the HSRC food pantry.

We’d like to deliver our gifts by the end of the quarter – so get your gifts in soon.

Our department has a tradition of great generosity – let’s see what we can do this year!
If you have any questions, please direct them to Judy Li ([email protected])

It's standing room only at the last EECB seminar of the fall term. You can tune in online through Zoom at beav.es/ZB4!
12/06/2019

It's standing room only at the last EECB seminar of the fall term. You can tune in online through Zoom at beav.es/ZB4!

12/02/2019
College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University

College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University

DEAD WEEK!! Come check out the skulls and skeletons of Oregon's gnarliest creatures!

Our Natural History Collection has thousands of specimens, and Oregon State University students like Russell and Dustin Campbell will tell you all about them!

TONIGHT! Cordley 1109, 6-10pm. Free & open to public.

OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Our undergraduate Ecampus program has won the Online Learning Consortium’s prestigious John R. Bourne Outstanding Online...
11/20/2019
Oregon State’s fisheries and wildlife online program earns prestigious national award - Oregon State Ecampus News

Our undergraduate Ecampus program has won the Online Learning Consortium’s prestigious John R. Bourne Outstanding Online Program Award.

Thank you to the OLC and to our students, faculty, instructors, and advisors that help make this program as wonderful and as successful as it is.

It's been an amazing ten years of our distance learning program. We can't wait to see what the next ten will bring!

Oregon State University's fisheries and wildlife sciences online bachelor’s program won the Online Learning Consortium’s Outstanding Online Program Award.

Marine Mammal Institute
11/18/2019
Marine Mammal Institute

Marine Mammal Institute

Using drones deployed in the air and GoPros underwater, Oregon State University marine ecologist Leigh Torres recently completed her fourth field season documenting previously unseen behaviors of gray whales off the Oregon coast.

The research from Torres this past field season was funded with proceeds from the sale of an Oregon license plate featuring gray whales. The Marine Mammal Institute receives proceeds from the sale of the Oregon gray whale license plates and uses the funds for marine mammal research, education, and conservation.

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OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center

Is Nash Hall on campus or in the middle of a forest? It honestly could go either way. What's the weather like where you ...
11/07/2019

Is Nash Hall on campus or in the middle of a forest? It honestly could go either way. What's the weather like where you are? 🍂🌳🌲☁️

Who wants a mule deer on their license plate! Proceeds from the sale of this license plate are dedicated to projects tha...
11/06/2019
Watch for Wildlife License Plate | orwildlife

Who wants a mule deer on their license plate!

Proceeds from the sale of this license plate are dedicated to projects that provide safe passage to wildlife of all kinds throughout Oregon.

Help OWF sell 3,000 Watch for Wildlife vouchers so that this plate can go into production. Plate funds will benefit wildlife connectivity projects statewide.

Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve
11/05/2019
Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve

Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve

The fishing industry is facing a new environmental challenge—whale entanglements in crabbing gear. Before 2014, such entanglements were rare, numbering about 10 annually off the entire West Coast. Since then, entanglements have become more common, peaking at 55 in 2015 and numbering 46 off the West Coast last year according to NOAA.

The commercial crabbing industry via the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission is helping fund aerial surveys of whales off the Oregon coast. This project is a partnership between ODFW Conservation, Oregon Sea Grant and OSU's Marine Mammal Institute, relying on U.S. Coast Guard collaboration, to gather information about where and when whales are in Oregon waters and their activities when they are here. In combination with our knowledge of where and when fishing occurs, these resulting whale maps will help us assess the seasons and areas of greatest risk of interactions that lead to whale entanglement.

Halloween wouldn't be complete without a FW front office costume theme! Can you guess what everyone is?
10/31/2019

Halloween wouldn't be complete without a FW front office costume theme! Can you guess what everyone is?

Evan Bredeweg of the Garcia Lab is the second of two Fisheries and Wildlife postdocs chosen for the Conway Science Fello...
10/30/2019
Conway Science Fellowship - Social Science (U.S. National Park Service)

Evan Bredeweg of the Garcia Lab is the second of two Fisheries and Wildlife postdocs chosen for the Conway Science Fellowship. It is funded through the generous support of Karen Swett Conway, National Park Foundation Board of Directors, and her husband Brian Conway and is an opportunity for postdoc fellows to conduct innovative science research that can help inform management actions of the National Park Service.

Evan's study, in Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain national parks, will use several types of data to learn how high visitor use affects habitat connectivity and fragmentation. Parks will then be able to use this information to strike a science-based balance between recreation and a healthy natural area.

The faculty mentor who will be working on this project with Evan is Dr. Ashley D'Antonio from Oregon State's Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.

You can read more about Dr. Bredeweg's project at the Conway Science Fellowship site linked below.

Landscape scale habitat fragmentation, visitor use and associated infrastructure. Even low-impact recreational activities like hiking, walking, and trail-running can disturb natural areas when there’s a high number of participants, which is common in many of our national parks. The same roads, tra...

Christina Aiello of the Epps Lab is one of two Fisheries and Wildlife postdocs chosen for the Conway Science Fellowship....
10/30/2019
Conway Science Fellowship - Landscape Scale (U.S. National Park Service)

Christina Aiello of the Epps Lab is one of two Fisheries and Wildlife postdocs chosen for the Conway Science Fellowship. It is funded through the generous support of Karen Swett Conway, National Park Foundation Board of Directors, and her husband Brian Conway and is an opportunity for postdoc fellows to conduct innovative science research that can help inform management actions of the National Park Service.

Christina's study will assess how desert bighorn sheep herds connect and identify potential sites for possible intervention to ensure metapopulation resilience, and it will demonstrate how collaboration among federal and state agencies is necessary to successfully manage conservation at a landscape scale.

You can read more about Dr. Aiello's project at the Conway Science Fellowship site linked below.

Enhancing collaborative conservation of an increasingly fragmented metapopulation of desert bighorn sheep. In California, a huge metapopulation of desert bighorn sheep (DBS) historically comprises many small herds that naturally move through the arid mountains and desert lowlands. They frequently co...

Office of Institutional Diversity at Oregon State University
10/30/2019
Office of Institutional Diversity at Oregon State University

Office of Institutional Diversity at Oregon State University

Congratulations Christopher Cousins, an undergraduate in the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University, one of the winners of the Cafe Bustelo scholarship from HACU - Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

09/21/2019
Oregon Zoo

We have a soft spot for lampreys too, it's not just you 😍

Every species plays a critical role in its ecosystem. Cuteness is important too.

MMI and FW assistant professor Leigh Torres and PhD student Dawn Barlow have just set sail on a 4-day STEM cruise to tea...
09/12/2019

MMI and FW assistant professor Leigh Torres and PhD student Dawn Barlow have just set sail on a 4-day STEM cruise to teach high school students about conducting marine mammal research at sea. This is the third year that Dr. Torres has participated in this extraordinary educational experience for Oregon students.

For more information, see https://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/feature/students-learn-conduct-research-aboard-osu-ship?fbclid=IwAR2byCeM3uoN-LFgNnCqJ9XJx_TiOldKxrf0bmRW7St1rq279derQ1QmwNY

We’ve only been out a sea for a couple of hours and our teacher and student participants have already been trained by the chief scientists on how to conduct marine mammal surveys and sediment box cores. They then put their new knowledge immediately to work running hydraulics, deploring and retrieving the corer and processing the samples.

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ODFW is partnering with OSU and Ducks Unlimited to run a college duck hunting workshop this Saturday, January 11. We have a few slots still open! Iif anyone is intersted in lernign about the connection between hunting, conservation and fish and wildlife management. We will cover duck hunting tactics, shoot clays and share a warm BBQ lunch and group discussion. This workshop is designed for OSU students with little to zero hunting experience. To register or get more information, nplease contact me ASAP. Location: EE Wilson Wildlife Area Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 Time: 8am - 5pm Cost: $20 Event Contact: Brandon Dyches (ODFW), [email protected], 971-707-0098
Anyone know what's killing the catfish below Fall Creek dam. There is a bunch of them dead. Just one hole has about 200 fish in it
Hello everyone! I am trying to sell my books for CH 130 and GEO 308. If you are interested please message me! Thanks!
Has anyone taken the summer session of Chem 122? I was wondering how difficult it was since it's only 4 weeks long.
I'm hiring 2 USGS technicians for an upcoming field season (Apr - July) to assist me with amphibian/eDNA research based out of Corvallis (fieldwork throughout OR & WA), in collaboration with Dr. Tiffany Garcia and USFS researchers. We are looking for upper-level students, or recent graduates (preferred) that may be interested. Please see the attached posting for more info.
Anyone interested in bat surveys in the Wyoming?
I have some background in drawing, but I am looking for tips from any of my wildlife biologists in how to get better at wildlife sketching for my field journals. Is there a particular course, or book or video tutorials that you have used to become faster at sketching. I have taken a couple of courses in it, and have a few books in the matter, but I feel like I should be faster when I'm on the field. In the past, I would draw off of pictures I took in the field or while hiking.
Fisheries & Wildlife Students, If you are interested in a wonderful volunteer opportunity, check out the Linn Benton Salmon Watch Program! Salmon Watch is an experiential field trip program led by the Calapooia Watershed Council, Benton Soil & Water Conservation District, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Siuslaw National Forest, South Santiam Watershed Council and local teachers. We are currently in need of volunteers to lead field stations at our field trips this fall. Stations include Salmon Biology, Aquatic Macroinvertebrates, Riparian Ecology & Water Quality. Sign up for one of our upcoming volunteer trainings at http://www.lbsw.org/volunteer/.
I went to the Neosho National Fish Hatchery in Neosho, MO today and was super amused by the viewing bubble UNDER the aquarium in the visitor's center. The Pallid Sturgeon gets super close at the end and does a trick!
Found this little gem while browsing through YouTube.
Hey everyone, I've been trying hard to find people who hold a Professional Wetland Scientist certification through the Society for Wetland Professionals to act as references for me to obtain my Wetland Professional in training certification, but have not had any luck yet. Does anyone here hold a PWS or know someone who does (and would be willing to act as a reference for me)? Thanks! Andrew