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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions.