Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals

Portland NWAEP Lunch & Learn - Streaked Horned Lark: Status Update and Project Planning Advice

  • Thursday, August 21, 2014
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
  • Cramer Hall 69, Portland State University. This classroom is located on the same level as the Geology Department's main office in the Cramer Basement. It is easily reached by the entrance to Cramer Hall off of Broadway Street

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  • Encouraged to join!
  • Snacks and Refreshments provided!

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Portland NWAEP Lunch & Learn


Streaked Horned Lark:

Status Update and Project Planning Advice


Presented by Cat Brown

US Fish and Wildlife Service, Portland, OR

In October 2013, the US Fish and Wildlife Service finalized the listing of the streaked horned lark (Eremophila alpestris strigata) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.  The streaked horned lark occurs only in the Pacific Northwest, and its natural habitats have virtually disappeared as the natural processes that created early successional prairies and scoured floodplains no longer operate.  The lark’s range has contracted, and it now occurs mainly in places where its habitat is created inadvertently on working landscapes – on airports in Washington and Oregon, in agricultural lands in the Willamette Valley and on dredge spoil islands in the lower Columbia River.  Recovery of the species will require restoration of natural habitats where feasible, but will also involve a novel conservation challenge – maintaining the species on lands actively used for other purposes.  Project planning in potential lark habitat will involve assessment of the habitat (both landscape context and vegetation structure), surveys for the species, and appropriate minimization measures.


Please note that the actual talk will start promptly at Noon. However we encourage everyone to join us for some friendly discussion and networking from 11:30 to 12:00.

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Cat Brown is a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Oregon State Office in Portland, Oregon. She works in the Endangered Species program on a variety of issues (consultation, listing, recovery planning and implementation, and candidate conservation), and teaches classes on Section 7 Consultation for the Service’s National Conservation Training Center. Cat recently worked on the listing of the streaked horned lark, and her workload is currently all larks, all the time. Cat received her BS degree from the University of California, Irvine and her MS degree from Colorado State University sometime during the latter years of the 20th century.


Please join NWAEP in Portland, OR for this Lunch & Learn discussion by registering and reserving a spot! Free for members and non-members. Please email Lindsay Mico (lindsaymico@gmail.com) if you have questions.  


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