The Oregon Wildlife Institute was founded in 2007 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission of conserving and enhancing wildlife resources through research, education, and conservation planning.  Our emphasis is on making science, management, and education matter.

We have nearly seventy-five years of collective experience in wildlife research and management with emphasis on wildlife ecology and natural resource management and extensive backgrounds in statistical analysis, study design and execution, and management planning.

Our expertise includes:

  • Conservation planning: species assessments, management plans, science review;
  • Monitoring approaches and implementation: strength of inference, adaptive management, protocols and methods;
  • Population ecology: demography, abundance/occupancy estimation, modeling;
  • Landscape ecology: habitat associations, connectivity;
  • Ecotoxicology: identification of problem, risk assessment.

Featured Projects

OWI Partners with ISSSSP

OWI was awarded a 5-year agreement to partner with the Interagency Special Status/Sensitive Species Program (ISSSSP).  ISSSSP’s mission is the conservation and management of rare species in the Pacific Northwest, and is administered by the Regional Office of the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon/Washington State Office of the Bureau of Land Management. [More...]

Conservation Detection Dogs


In 2007, OWI began a collaboration with the Working Dogs for Conservation Foundation to study the capabilities of conservation detection dogs for surveys of Kincaid’s lupine, a rare prairie wildflower of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. [More...]


Latest News

Oak Restoration at Bald Hill Farm

Our friends and colleagues at Greenbelt Land Trust have completed the first phase of oak savanna restoration … [More...]

Conservation Assessment of the Kit Fox

OWI wildlife ecologist, Dave Vesely, just completed a conservation assessment of the kit fox (Vulpes … [More...]

PNW Agroforestry Workshop

Dave Vesely, OWI ecologist, will be among the speakers at Pacific Northwest Agroforestry Practices workshop … [More...]

USFWS Announces 90-Finding for the Western Pond Turtle

In response to a petition to list the western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata) as threatened or endangered … [More...]

Discovering Wildlife Lecture Series: Purple Martins

Presentation: Conserving Purple Martin's in OSU's McDonald-Dunn Research Forest When: March 19, 2014 … [More...]