To Flush or Not to Flush? Part I

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This blog is the first in a three-part series introducing a framework for considering social circles, institutions and rational information to guide and enhance environmental education programs. We introduce the use of the “Human Capacity to Act” (HCA) framework – … Continue reading

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Interview with Trevor Sheffels: The Nutria Expert

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Have you ever thought about the exciting careers related to invasive species? In this blog we introduce Trevor Sheffels, who has recently completed his Ph.D degree in Environmental Sciences and Resources at Portland State University. His research focused on addressing nutria management … Continue reading

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A legacy of Stewardship on the Oregon Dunes

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Authored by:  Field Ranger Brian Hoeh FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Florence— Siuslaw 7th graders from Andy Marohl’s class came to the Oregon Dunes Day Use Area in April to join the fight against Scotch Broom, one of Oregon’s worst invasive plants. Armed … Continue reading

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Keep the Mussels Out

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Authored by: Amy Schneider, Danielle Goodrich, Sam Chan, Tania Siemens, Jennifer Lam At a check station along the Oregon border, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) technicians intently watched a bucket full of water. It wasn’t the water they … Continue reading

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The Lionfish’s Roaring Impacts on Ocean Fish Populations; Research and Educational Tool for Classrooms

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Just like lions are the top predators of the savanna, lionfish (Pterois volitans)  have quickly become the top of the food chain in the Atlantic Ocean. Native to the Indo-Pacific Ocean, these venomous fish were first found in the Atlantic … Continue reading

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Ask a WISE Teacher!

Dear WISE Teacher: I am planning to take my middle school students on several invasive species-related field trips this school year, and in the past I’ve run into the problem of how to encourage their curiosity but discourage their need … Continue reading

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Science Teacher Resources Abound at NSTA/OSTA Area Conference

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By Thea Hayes: The newest ideas in science education were on display and in the airwaves at the National Science Teachers Assn. meeting (NSTA) “Bridges To The Future” Area Conference in Portland on October 24-26th at the Oregon Convention Center … Continue reading

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Superior Resource for Invasive Species Teacher Sleuths

The next best thing to starting your own website with great resources to share is finding those made by others that do the same thing. One of those wonderful internet spots is Student Science: A Resource of the Society for … Continue reading

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Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris Species Watch Guide

On March 11, 2011, a tsunami off the coast of Japan dislocated an estimated five million tons of debris that was sent into the Pacific Ocean. On June 5, 2012, a large concrete, steel and Styrofoam dock from Misawa, Japan, … Continue reading

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Teaching Tsunamis and Invasive Species

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In the summer of 2012, an enormous Japanese dock washed up on the Oregon coast, bringing with it over 100 species of sea creatures, most considered non-native to the West Coast. Even though the magnitude 9.0 Japanese earthquake happened over … Continue reading

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