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FES newsletter released

The August edition of the FES newsletter is now available!

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Award for Outstanding Research goes to Jim Rivers

FES research associate Jim Rivers was awarded the 2012 Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award from the American Ornithologists' Union at the recent meeting of the North American Ornithological Conference. This award recognizes researchers who have made outstanding and promising ornithological contributions early in their career and show a distinct promise for leadership in ornithology within and beyond North America. Congrats, Jim!

For young birds, getting stressed out can be a good thing

Many studies have found that high levels of hormones that are associated with stress are a sign of poor fitness and reduced chance of survival – but recent research on young songbirds found that some elevated hormones can be a good thing, often the difference between life and death.  “In these birds, a little stress and elevated stress hormones were associated with greater survival,” said James Rivers, a researcher with the OSU Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.

Chronic 2000-04 drought, worst in 800 years, may be the “new normal”

The chronic drought that hit western North America from 2000 to 2004 left dying forests and depleted river basins in its wake and was the strongest in 800 years, scientists have concluded, but they say those conditions will become the “new normal” for most of the coming century.

Garrett Meigs featured on radio program

Inspiration Dissemination is a radio program on 88.7fm KBVR, Corvallis. This episode features Garrett Meigs - a pHD student in the Forest Ecosystems and Society Department at Oregon State University. In this episode, we discuss Garrett's research on the relationship between native forest insects and fire.

Some species of butterflies likely to be less adaptable to climate change

Some butterfly species could adapt to climate change better than others, according to a new study involving researchers at Oregon State University. “We’re already expecting localized extinctions of about one third of butterfly species, so we need to understand how climate change will affect those that survive,” said Javier Illan, with OSU’s Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society. “This research makes it clear that some will do a lot better than others.”

OSU high-tech team monitors bird songs

Researchers at Oregon State University are using bird songs to track climate change, and they have come up with a new high-tech way to listen to those songs. “Birds are considered to be good indicators for environmental change and that goes back to the canary in the coal mine idea,” said Matthew Betts, associate professor in the department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.

Viviane Simon-Brown awarded for Climate Change Handbook

Climate Change Handbook –A Citizen’s Guide to Thoughtful Action won both a Western Regional and National Educational Piece - Team Award from NACDEP – the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals.  FES professor Viviane Simon-Brown was one of the authors of this handbook and was recognized at the annual conference in Park City, UT.

Rise of the coyote: The new top dog

FES professor Bill Ripple is quoted in an article in Nature.  Shape-shifting coyotes have evolved to take advantage of a landscape transformed by people. Scientists are now discovering just how wily the creatures are. “Invading a landscape emptied of wolves may trigger a whole new pathway in terms of the coyote's evolution,” says Bill Ripple, an ecologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. “And the coyote's arrival will have unpredictable effects on other species in the ecosystem.”

Feeding the birds

If you feed them, they will come.  At least, Oregon State University researchers are hoping that’s the case with area hummingbirds. The university has tapped fourth-graders at Timber Ridge School, among students at other mid-valley schools, to hang feeders to help researchers collect data.  Todd Bertwelt, an undergraduate in OSU’s College of Forestry, came to Timber Ridge in late April to explain the project.