OLA 2023 Graduate Student Award
Award Amount: $1,500
OLA's Scholarship and Outreach Fund supports research on Oregon's lakes and watersheds and public outreach activities. Click on the LEARN MORE button below to learn more about 2022 scholarship winner Katey Queen and other past award recipients, about the 2023 scholarship opportunity, and to contribute to the Scholarship and Outreach Fund.
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Fall 2023 OLA Conference
Oregon State University
Colloquium on the exceptional hypersaline ecosystem at Oregon’s Lake Abert
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Lake Abert was dry during the summers of 2021 and 2022, thereby denying vital habitat to hundreds of thousands of shorebirds that feast on the bounty of the lake’s exceptional hypersaline habitat. This is an ecological calamity with potential dire consequences for the survival of some bird populations.
This Colloquium aims to present current knowledge on the lake and its ecology. You will hear about its amazing capacity to produce shrimp and fly invertebrates that birds feast on, and about the birds that visit Lake Abert. You will also hear about how climate is changing and how we think those changes will affect the landscape in the Chewaucan valley surrounding Lake Abert.
We present the science of Lake Abert as information to be used for decisions that we hope will help preserve the lake ecosystem.
Sponsored by Oregon State University
Oregon’s Lake Abert is not the only hypersaline lake at risk of going dry: new worries for Great Salt Lake
Drying Great Salt Lake could expose millions to toxic arsenic-lasted dust. The largest saline lake in North America is on track to collapse within five years, a new report finds.
OLAs Mission is to promote the understanding, protection, and thoughtful management of lakes and watersheds in Oregon. To fulfill this mission, OLA holds lakes conferences and workshops, publishes the Lake Wise newsletter, advocates for lakes in the legislative arena, and offers graduate student scholarships.