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Upcoming Events

Interested in learning about the diversity of plants, animals, habitats and research here at Cedar Creek? Come join us at one of our upcoming events! Most of the events listed below take place at Cedar Creek’s Lindeman Discovery and Research Center (2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE, East Bethel), and give you the opportunity to dive deep into new topics, explore new places on the property, and become part of the Cedar Creek ESR community!

Click here to access additional event details on our facebook page. Email Caitlin (caitlin@umn.edu) with questions about events in general. Specific events may have other contact people listed.

 

On-going: take yourself and your friends on a self-guided walking adventure at Fish Lake! Send us pictures of what you see out there!

 

Scroll down below the calendar for event details and registration information.

 

 

 

February 27th, 6:30 - 8pm: Ecology Book Club at Cedar Creek: The Ecology Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Cedar Creek. Our February meeting will discuss "The Moth Snowstorm" by Michael McCarthy. No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. Questions? Email cedarcreekbookclub@gmail.com or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

 

March 12th, 11:30am-1pm: Lunch With A Scientist: Winter and Climate Change: Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! This month's session features atmospheric scientist Sam Potter. Minnesota winters have already been impacted by human-caused climate change, and will continue to quickly warm as we head further into the 21st century. Sam will begin with a wrap-up discussion of the 2018-2019 winter and its connections to global climate phenomena. He will then discuss how Minnesota winters and Minnesota ecosystems are projected to change as the impacts of climate change worsen. Additional details and a schedule for the year available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS (free, adults recommended).

 

March 19th, 12 - 1pm: Structured Decision Making: an approach to solving problems in natural resource management:  Join your neighbors for a live broadcast of this month’s Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar, part a monthly series put on by the U of M Extension and the U of M Department of Forest Resources. The webinar will be shown live in the Lindeman Center conference room. March's speaker is Mike Larson from the Minnesota DNR. More details will be available at z.umn.edu/19web leading up to the event. (free, adults recommended)

 

March 20th, 2 - 3:30pm: Spring Equinox Hike: Celebrate the arrival of spring with a nature walk to Cedar Bog Lake. We will look for skunk cabbage and other early bloomers, check on the lake’s ice cover, keep an eye out for wildlife tracks, and watch the world begin to wake up from winter.  The hike is about 1 mile in total - please wear solid, closed-toe shoes and layers to keep yourself warm! We will begin and end our hike at the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center,

March 23rd, 4 - 6pm: Artist in Residence final showing: Come explore the intersection of science, poetry and humanity with 2018 Artist In Residence Brian Baumgart! Brian will share some of the poetry he has written over the past year reflecting on the connections between the complexities of science—particularly the work done at Cedar Creek—and the intimacies of humanity. Weather permitting, a visit to a research area may be available. (free, adults recommended)

 

March 27th, 6:30 - 8pm: Ecology Book Club at Cedar Creek: The Ecology Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Cedar Creek. We will select the March and April books at our January meeting. No need to have finished the book to join in and no science background necessary. Questions? Email cedarcreekbookclub@gmail.com or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

 

April 5th, 9am - 3:30pm: Phenology of PhorestsLearn how to help scientists understand Minnesota's seasonal variation and climate change by monitoring your own woods! Three phenology experts - Rebecca Montgomery (U of M Forest Resources Department), Stephan Carlson (U of M Extension) and John Latimer (KAXE Radio) - will lead this hands-on workshop. Details about content as well as registration information available at z.umn.edu/phorests. Contact Stephan (carls009@umn.edu or 612-624-8186) with questions. $50 for Master Naturalists and Master Woodland Owners, $60 for the general public. Fee includes lunch and all materials. (adults recommended)

 

RESCHEDULED FROM FEBRUARY: April 8th, 11:30am-1pm: Lunch With A Scientist: Radio Telemetry: Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! This month we will learn from Dave Mech, scientist and wolf researcher, about radio telemetry and wildlife ecology field methods. Dave is an expert in his field. He has used radio-tracking for most of his career studying wolves, deer, leopards, caribou, elk, lions, elephants, raccoons, lynxes, elk, and hares, to name a few! He will speak about the development of this technology at Cedar Creek in the 1960s, as well as his own experiences in the field. If weather permits, education staff will teach you how to use functional telemetry equipment and send you off to hunt for hidden animal collars on the landscape! Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. Additional details and a schedule for the year available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS (free, adults recommended).

 

April 9th, 11:30am-1pm: Lunch With A Scientist: Prescribed Burning: Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! This month we will learn from Cedar Creek staff about the ways researchers and land managers use fire. Cedar Creek's fire research has been running continuously since 1964, so you'll get a chance to truly learn from the experts! Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather - conditions permitting, we may venture out into some recently burned areas, explore the role of fire frequency on savanna landscapes, or perhaps observe a prescribed burn from afar. Additional details and a schedule for the year available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS (free, adults recommended).

 

April 13th, all day: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey spring outing: Spend the day outdoors learning how to identify animal tracks with our experienced team of citizen scientists! As always on our seasonal surveys, we'll be breaking up into teams that have a mix of tracking levels but are guided by a certified tracker. Each team will be responsible for surveying a specific stretch of Cedar Creek's internal roads and identifying the tracks they find as part of a large-scale effort to catalog our animal diversity. No experience necessary! Additional details, a schedule for the day, and registration information will be available soon on mntracking.org. (free, adults recommended)

 

April 13th, 10am - 1pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Project spring training: Attend the yearly training to become part of Cedar Creek's longest-running citizen science project! As a project volunteer, you'll commit to helping monitor and study our population of red-headed woodpeckers and contribute to the conservation of this special species. The training will cover the history of the project, survey team assignments, protocols, logistics and more. Snacks provided by the project's steering committee. Dependings on weather and fire conditions, you may have the opportunity to go out to your assigned area as a team; please dress accordingly! RSVP required: email Caitlin (caitlin@umn.edu) to let us know you are coming. (free, adults recommended)

 

April 16th, 1pm - 4pm: Bumblebee Identification Workshop: In addition to being fuzzy and cute, bumble bees are important pollinators in Minnesota. Their large size and relative ease of identification makes them an excellent entry point for those wanting to know more about native bees in Minnesota. In this workshop led by Britt Forsberg of the Minnesota Bee Atlas project, participants will learn how to identify bumble bees to the species level and how to use their identification skills to participate in Bee Atlas citizen science projects. Cedar Creek is a summer host for a few of these projects, so you can put your training to use right here at the reserve! Registration required, $25 fee. Register at the Minnesota Master Naturalist Website. ($25, adults only)

 

April 27th, 11am - 2pm: Family Fun Day: Art and Science: Visit Cedar Creek for a day of bringing art and science together in nature! GreenCorps member and talented artist Tillery Bailey will spend a little time teaching about different art elements, and then take participants on a journey outside to see where we can find these elements in nature. We will go on a temporary art hike to create our own masterpieces with natural materials, experience nature journaling, and create sound maps. We'll also have time indoors to explore and document what we saw with oil pastels, colored pencils, ink pens and watercolors. We will experience hands-on art inside and outside while discussing how art can be used to enhance your scientific process and how a scientific mindset can inform your art practice. Please wear clothes that can get messy, closed-toe shoes, and dress for the weather. All activities begin in the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center. Please note that this is a family event geared towards artists of all ages and levels rather than a technical class for folks with advanced skillsets. $7 for the general public; $6 for Cedar Creek members. Families welcome! Pre-registration required and available online at tinyurl.com/cedarcreekartsci. Contact Tillery with questions (bail0311@umn.edu or 612-301-2613).