Lupine Meadows
A work party to plant Kincaid’s lupine at Lupine Meadows and Bald Hill Farm near Philomath is planned for March 15 and needs volunteers. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Hosting organizations, volunteers will work at both Lupine Meadows and Bald Hill Farm

The Greenbelt Land Trust and Institute for Applied Ecology are teaming up to host a March 15 work party at Lupine Meadows and Bald Hill Farm near Philomath planting Kincaid’s lupine, a threatened species that serves as the main host plant for the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly.

Kincaid’s lupine, seen here in 2021 at Lupine Meadows, will be planted. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Greenbelt and the institute both work to maintain and restore Fender’s habitat at multiple sites in the Willamette Valley. According to information circulated by Greenbelt, populations of both species declined due to habitat loss and competition from invasive plant species.

For those interested in volunteering, you can sign up at this link. The organizations are planning for a full day of planting the Kincaid’s lupine plugs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Those who are able to attend for only part of the time are still welcomed to join them (and are asked to send an email to mailto:ingry@greenbeltlandtrust.org to discuss).

For other details on the work day, such as clothing to wear and what volunteers will need to bring, head to this information page.

Organizers are planning to divide participants between the two planting sites, which are located very close to one another. Full directions and instructions will be sent to participants a few days before the event.