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HJA Day 2014 Exploring Long-Ter
HJA Day 2014
Exploring Long-Term Ecological Research
Thursday, June 26, 2014
H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue River, Oregon
Annual Field gathering to share information about research, education, and management at the Andrews Forest
Vans leave parking lot at southwest corner of Richardson Hall on the OSU Campus.
OSU campus map
Morning refreshments at Andrews Forest Headquarters
Indroductions in the Pavilion
Sign ups for afternoon field trips. Move to morning stations.
10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00
Presentation Stations around Headquarters*
Lunch in cafeteria
Afternoon Field Trips**
Social Hour at Headquarters. early van returns to campus (back to Corvallis by 6PM)
Vans depart for Corvallis (back to Corvallis by 7 PM)
*Presentation Stations around Headquarters:
Attendees will rotate around four presentation stations in the morning (10:15 - 12:30 PM). Each stop is 20 minutes with 10 mintues to move to next station.
1. Sound, smoke, and swishing rotors: new ways of detecting climate change in the Andrews Forest
This station will present and explain the utility of the latest state-of-the-art tools used to detect and quantify climate change in the Andrews Forest. You will hear how a ground-based acoustic sounder can remotely sense airflows, see how smoke/ fog releases can be used to diagnose air communication between watersheds and valleys, and how UAVs with specialized cameras may reveal spatial patterns of cold-air drainage and pooling in the near future. Climate change in mountainous ecosystems can be subtle or dramatic, is often confined to transitional zones where small changes make a big difference, and its detection requires an understanding of the physical processes causing the resilience or sensitivity to change. Come and learn about the exciting climate change work at the Andrews, and please bring your questions! Leaders: Chris Thomas, Kyle Jones. (Location: PRIMET climate station)
2. Pollinators – Using radio-frequency identification devices to measure pollinator movement in the Andrews Forest meadows
This station will demonstrate a new approach to monitoring hummingbird movements: radio-frequency identification devices (RFID). Techniques for trapping and banding hummingbirds will also be shown (not using live birds). This research project seeks to understand how the fragmentation and drying of mountain meadows influences pollinator movement and flower reproduction. Leaders: Matt Betts, Adam Hadley. (Location: meadow area at the start of the stream trail)
3. Interdisciplinary Exhibit: Cyberforest, Art, History, Writing
Move on your own among these stations to view displays and discuss them with presenters. Cyberforest: Site staff displays results from advances in Andrews Forest wireless infrastructure to support research and education, including a new streaming data portal and Osprey and Canopy webcams. Art in the Andrews: Abstract artist Leah Wilson and photographer-painter Bob Keefer, both from Eugene, display and discuss their recent art work in the Andrews Forest. Andrews Forest History Project: Historian Sam Schmieding and history professor Anita Guerinni describe the project underway to inventory and archive materials documenting the history of the Andrews Forest and its programs, ultimately leading to history scholarship. This work also includes collecting new oral histories. Writers in Residence: The Long-Term Ecological Reflections Program. Poet Charles Goodrich, Director of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word shares tales and writings from the Reflections Program, which has now hosted more than 50 writers in residence who have produced a large and rich body of work. (Location: Conference Room)
4. Fun with Long-Term Measurements (seriously!)
The collection and analysis of long-term data is a key feature of the Andrews Forest LTER program. Our scientists will explain why this data is interesting and valuable. Leaders: Julia Jones, Michael Nelson. (Location: Stream trail behind headquarters)
**Afternoon Field Trip Descriptions:
Attendees will choose from one of four field trips for the afternoon (1:30 - 4:00 PM). Sign up sheets will be posted on site, on the morning of the event.
DISCOVERY TRAIL – THE FOREST AS TEACHER
A short, level walk from the Headquarters leads to the Discovery Trail through a patch of old-growth and plantation forest to hear and experience how visitors of all ages engage and learn from the forest. Education Coordinator Kari O'Connell and Sandy high school teacher, Jeremy Magee, will lead the group in discovery and experiential learning and share examples of how Oregon high school students engage with Andrews Forest research. Veteran Andrews Forest scientist Fred Swanson will share how students, creative writers, and other citizens encounter the forest and gather progressively deeper insights. You'll be invited to share your own insights and observations.
Please bring rain gear. Be prepared to walk on gravel roads and single-track trails, approximately 1 mile total.
Forest scientists have many tools and methods to evaluate forest history and productivity. Participants will core trees, and examine soil and LIDAR data to characterize the disturbance, succession and growth history of a forest, its soil characteristics and their relation to productivity, structure and phenology. New instruments will be shown that can used to characterize forest structure, productivity and phenology. Leaders: Tom Spies, Rob Pabst, Julie Pett-Ridge, Jeff Hatten, Kevin Briggs. Location: In and Near Reference Stand 2
Please bring rain gear and sturdy walking shoes. This field trip requires that participants can walk short distances on uneven single-track trails, with some fairly steep up and down hill sections. Some navigating around or over logs may be necessary.
LIVE-STREAMING ECOLOGY (WITHOUT THE INTERNET) - EXPLORING STREAM ECOLOGY IN HEADWATER ECOSYSTEMS AT THE ANDREWS FOREST
Join Andrews Forest scientists and graduate students as they share past and present research about streams and water, and involve you in hands-on activities. Headwater streams - such as those at the Andrews Forest - are important areas of aquatic-terrestrial interaction. These interactions include not only wood addition but also the addition of leaves and canopy controls on stream light availability. In this field trip, we will explore some of the methods used to quantify ecological processes in stream ecosystems and we will ask questions about how characteristics of the riparian forest can influence streams. Activities will include brief examples of sampling methods to assessing the following metrics in headwater streams: invertebrates communities, stream light, stream nutrient demand, fish and salamander abundance, and primary production. Leaders: Dana Warren (OSU), Matt Kaylor (OSU), Brian VerWay (OSU). Location: McRae Creek
Please bring rain gear and sturdy walking shoes. Be prepared to walk on a single-track trail, approximately 1/2 mile total.
ECOLOGICAL FORESTRY: A NEW PARADIGM IN FOREST MANAGEMENT?
Forests are a signature symbol of Oregon’s environment and culture. But how are decisions made about managing them? How can we overcome the conflicts that have plagued forest management in the past? Today, people are discussing the concept of “ecological forestry.” Is this really a new way of doing forestry? On this field trip, participants will gain firsthand experience with different forest management practices and talk to leading foresters and scientists about the pros and cons of ecological forestry. This is a chance to discuss the values and ethics you and others have about managing Oregon’s important forest resources. Leaders: Hannah Gosnell (OSU), Cheryl Friesen (WNF), Lisa Helmig (WNF), Mark Schulze (OSU). Locations: stands in and adjacent to the Andrews Forest.
Please bring rain gear and sturdy walking shoes. Be prepared to walk for short distances on uneven terrain.