September 09, 2019

2019 Oregon Rare Species List Published

Hello iNaturalists,

The Oregon Biodiversity Information Center, which administers this iNaturalist project, recently published our updated 2019 Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Species of Oregon book. Statuses and distributions for many hundreds of Oregon's rare plants, animals, and fungi are listed. You can download the PDF or browse our Rare Species Publications page for Excel excerpts and supporting information.

I have updated this iNaturalist project's species list to reflect many of the additions, drops, and name changes made in our 2019 publication. In particular, we added a lot of fungi during this round of list revision. Generally when we add a new species to our list, we place it on our List 3 - Needs More Information list. These are species where there is some evidence for rarity, but we need more information to assess its status, or perhaps with more information we learn that it is too common to be listed.

If you're curious about our ranking definitions or ranking methodology there are plenty of resources online for your perusal.

Happy observing!
Lindsey

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September 14, 2018

Plant and Fungi Rare Species List Recommendations for Review

Hello iNaturalists,

The Oregon Biodiversity Information Center has posted a list of our current plant and fungi recommendations for changes or additions to our Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Species of Oregon list. These recommendations will be discussed at our meeting in Corvallis on Oct 11th (Oregon State University campus, Memorial Union, Asian Pacific Room, from 8:30 to 5:00 pm at the latest, though we may end earlier). You do not have to be present at the meeting to make a comment or recommendation.

We welcome your input on these recommendations and any new suggestions you might have. Please feel free to message me via iNaturalist or send me an email at lindsey.wise@pdx.edu.

More information about the ranking and review process can be found at our website https://inr.oregonstate.edu/orbic

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August 23, 2018

Rare Species List Review: Plant & Fungi Meeting October 11 2018

It's that time again for our triennial rare plant and fungi meeting to update our publication, "Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species of Oregon", last revision in 2016. The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 11 in Corvallis, Oregon State University campus, Memorial Union, Asian Pacific Room, from 8:30 to 5:00 pm at the latest, though we may end earlier.

Please send in your recommendations for list changes before the meeting or be prepared to present it at the meeting. We highly recommend -- more efficient -- that you send the information beforehand so that we can compile it in a spreadsheet and do some pre-meeting review. You do not have to attend the meeting to have your recommendations considered but you must submit them in writing (e-mail or mail) to our office.

Information needed:
1) Species name - with the authority, if known.
2) What you are proposing - e.g. from one list to another, new add, de-listing, etc.
3) Reasons for the proposal - please articulate with as much specific detail as possible
4) Any other comments or helpful information - e.g. for new adds, any information or links that might aid in identification, habitat description etc.
5) Proponent(s) name and contact information - only needed if you are submitting for someone else

Send recommendations to Sue Vrilakas (sue.vrilakas@pdx.edu) or Lindsey Wise (lindsey.wise@pdx.edu) or Michael Russell (michael.russell@oregonstate.edu). Please note that John Christy has retired from our program but has not left the botanical realm. Non-vascular and fungi comments, questions, and issues will now be handled by Michael Russell.

Check our website at https://inr.oregonstate.edu/orbic/rare-species/rare-species-oregon-publications to see the previous lists and publications.

As we receive and compile the recommendations, we will post them to https://inr.oregonstate.edu/orbic for others to review.

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December 20, 2017

Joint Oregon/Washington Rare Animal Ranking Meeting

Fellow iNaturalists, your input on rare animal ranks and distributions for OR and WA is welcome - please see details below on how to participate in the 2018 list review.

The Washington Natural Heritage Program and Oregon Biodiversity Information Center maintain lists of rare, threatened and endangered species in their respective states. Species on the lists are ranked, and the lists are used by state and federal agencies to identify sensitive and special status species.

A joint meeting to discuss rare vertebrate species from Oregon and Washington, the ranking process, and the resultant ranks will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 14th in Portland, OR in conjunction with the Oregon and Washington Chapters of The Wildlife Society, Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology, and Northwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Joint Meeting. The meeting will start at 8:00 am and last until 10:00 am when the keynote address begins for the TWS/SNVB meeting. The ranking meeting is open to all, but we request people register so we can alert you to proposed changes to the lists as the meeting date approaches. The current Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Species list for Oregon is available at http://inr.oregonstate.edu/orbic/rare-species/rare-species-oregon-publications. The Washington Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species list is available at http://www1.dnr.wa.gov/nhp/refdesk/animals.html. This is your opportunity to submit information on rarity, threats, trends, local data and knowledge, and professional judgment.

You can bring your recommendations for species additions, deletions, changes to rank, distribution or list, or any other changes to the meeting or send them prior to Eleanor Gaines (eleanor.gaines@pdx.edu) for Oregon species, or John Fleckenstein (john.fleckenstein@dnr.wa.gov) for Washington species. A spreadsheet with recommendations submitted will be summarized and posted to the above websites prior to the meeting; copies will be available at the meeting. Registered participants will be notified when the spreadsheet is updated.

To register for the ranking meeting, please email eleanor.gaines@pdx.edu. There is no registration fee. The meeting room will be announced to registered participants when assigned, and will be posted on the above websites and at the conference site.

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September 01, 2017

How to batch-add your iNaturalist observations to the Rare Species of Oregon project

Hello iNaturalistas,

Did you know there is a tool to find your observations that match the Rare Species of Oregon species list and batch-add them to the project? It only takes a few clicks and is a great, fast way to share your rare species observations with a wider audience.

Here are the steps to take:

  1. From the Rare Species of Oregon project page, click "Add from your observations." (if you're not already a member of the project, click "Join Project" at the top of the page first)
  2. If you have matching observations, click the "Batch Edit" button near the top of the page.
  3. Click "Select All".
  4. Click "Add to Project" and then Add Rare Species of Oregon.
  5. Done! Repeat periodically to tag new observations or to match newly-tracked species.

We at the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center use your observations to help assess species statuses, distributions, habitat use, and trends. Our data is used by many agencies, consultants, and researchers throughout Oregon. In addition, our data is shared with NatureServe which pools data from all 50 states and several Canadian provinces and Latin American countries to allow for regional analyses. Your observations really do make a difference!

Thanks for sharing,

Lindsey

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April 24, 2017

California rock jasmine newly "rediscovered" in Oregon

We recently came across a 2010 herbarium collection of California rock jasmine (Androsace elongata ssp. acuta) from Lower Table Rocks. We had ranked this species as "extinct in Oregon" as it hadn't been reported or collected for many years. It's a small, skinny plant and you can see how it could easily be overlooked! You can find photos from Calflora and information on its habitat and threats from California Native Plant Society.

Androsace elongata ssp. acuta

Rediscoveries like this really emphasize to me how important it is that we continue documenting what we see, even if we think it may not be important, or we're not sure what we're seeing. This is part of what makes iNaturalist such a wonderful site for sharing our sightings in an easy and engaging way. It also reinforces the need and extreme usefulness of submitting herbarium specimens. While photographs and digital records are immensely useful, herbarium records add a genetic legacy and long-standing physical record that we can't capture online.

While this finding means we can remove the "extinct in Oregon" rank from California rock jasmine, it remains rare and threatened in Oregon. Is it still present outside of Lower Table Rocks? Keep an eye out and let us know if you see it!

Best,
the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center team

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September 21, 2016

Welcome to the Rare Species of Oregon project!

Hello intrepid iNaturalistas!

Thank you for joining the Rare Species of Oregon project! This project collects observations of rare or potentially rare species that are of interest to the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center (ORBIC). Our office maintains detailed information on Oregon's rare species distributions, statuses, habitats, management, and much more. Your observations will help us assess where these species are and how they are doing. Many local, state, and federal agencies rely on this information for planning and management, and our data also feeds into an international database maintained by NatureServe for regional assessments and analyses.

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions about what we do or if you have any rare species information you'd like to call my attention to. Observations are manually added to this project so I know I have only scratched the surface of relevant observations - you can search for your own observations to add using the "Add from your observations" link on the project home page, or you can add others' observations as you browse iNaturalist by clicking "Add to project" on the observation page.

You can also comment on our species list (recommend something to be added, dropped as too common, add distribution info, etc). We go through a thorough review and publication of this list every 2-3 years. We just published a new edition of our Rare Species of Oregon publication but we can make changes to our database at any time, so your comments are always useful.

Thanks again and happy observing!

Lindsey Wise
Oregon Biodiversity Information Center
Biodiversity Data Manager

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