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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!

The Fish Lake Nature Trail and Bison Extension Trail are open, and we are working to resume in-person programming and volunteer opportunities in accordance with University and MDH guidance!

 

Lunch with a Scientist and our Ecology Book Club are currently taking place online. University updates are available at safe-campus.umn.edu/public-health-alerts and Cedar Creek updates are at cedarcreek.umn.edu/COVID19. Stay safe and healthy until we get to see you in person again!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

June 8, 11:30-1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: Roadsides as habitat for insect pollinators: salty traps or amazing conservation opportunity? Join life-long learners virtually for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek. Bring your lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! This month, Dr. Emilie Snell-Rood will discuss a series of studies on the nutrition of roadside plants for monarchs and bumblebees. Roadsides offer millions of acres of potential habitat, but also accumulate salts, metals and pesticides. Her lab’s research at Cedar Creek and elsewhere suggests that prioritizing certain roads for restoration can maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of roadside habitat. Register and attend online at z.umn.edu/LWASonline. (free, adults recommended)

 

June 15th, 9am – 10am: Forestry Webinar. You are invited to the 2021 Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar series! Cedar Creek is an in-person broadcast site; if you would like to view these lectures online, you will need to register and pay for access at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. June's speakers are Johnathan Shears (Family Forest Carbon Program) and Greg Bernu (Carlton County Land Commissioner) They will discuss two examples of alternative revenue sources from forests: a new program in partnership with the Nature Conservancy that connects family forest owners to carbon markets, and a case study of managing woodlands for spruce top sales. Details on the webinar series are at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. Broadcast takes place in the Lindeman Discovery Center conference room. (free, adults recommended)

 

June 23th, 6:30 - 8pm: Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club: The Ecology Book Club generally meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Cedar Creek. We are continuing to meet online at z.umn.edu/bookclubonline (password: Bookclub20). Our June book is Origins: How Earth's History Shaped Human History by Lewis Dartnell. No need to have finished the book or attended a previous meeting to join in and no science background necessary. We'd love to have you with us! Questions? Email cedarcreekbookclub@gmail.com or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

 

July 13, 11:30-1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: The effect of bison reintroduction on Minnesota’s oak savanna. Join life-long learners virtually for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek. Bring your lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Bison were reintroduced to the oak savannas at Cedar Creek in 2018 to help preserve these threatened ecosystems. As in previous July Lunches, Dr. Chad Zirbel will provide an update about how the reintroduction of the large grazers has influenced the plant community in Cedar Creek’s savannas, and the cascading effects of bison grazing on fire and oak seedling survival. He will also discuss how scientists use technology such as camera traps and drones to study these ecosystems. Register and attend online at z.umn.edu/LWASonline. (free, adults recommended)

 

July 20th, 9am – 10am: Forestry Webinar. You are invited to the 2021 Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar series! Cedar Creek is an in-person broadcast site; if you would like to view these lectures online, you will need to register and pay for access at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. July's speaker is David Wilson (MN DNR Forestry division). He will provide an overview of the state's Guideline Moniotoring Program and results of five years of large-scale site-level forestry management under the program. Details on the webinar series are at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. Broadcast takes place in the Lindeman Discovery Center conference room. (free, adults recommended)

 

July 28th, 6:30 - 8pm: Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club: The Ecology Book Club generally meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Cedar Creek. We are continuing to meet online at z.umn.edu/bookclubonline (password: Bookclub20). Our June book is The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees by Douglas W. Tallamy. No need to have finished the book or attended a previous meeting to join in and no science background necessary. We'd love to have you with us! Questions? Email cedarcreekbookclub@gmail.com or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

 

August 10, 11:30-1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: Green Infrastructure: Building with nature for ecological restoration and educational purpose. Join life-long learners virtually for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek. Bring your lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Savanna Henning has served as Cedar Creek’s 2020-2021 GreenCorps member. She has focused on green infrastructure projects including educational trails, invasive species removal, tree plantings on the main campus and a parking lot rain garden. Her talk will discuss the process, challenges, and economic, educational and ecological contributions of her work in the past year. Register and attend online at z.umn.edu/LWASonline. (free, adults recommended)

 

August 17th, 9am – 10am: Forestry Webinar. You are invited to the 2021 Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar series! Cedar Creek is an in-person broadcast site; if you would like to view these lectures online, you will need to register and pay for access at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. August's speaker is Brian Aukema (U of MN Department of Entomology). He will discuss recent research that helps forest managers in the Great Lakes prepare for and think about the potential invasion of our coniferous forests by the mountain pine beetle, an invasive species in the western US and Canada. Details on the webinar series are at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. Broadcast takes place in the Lindeman Discovery Center conference room. (free, adults recommended)

 

August 25th, 6:30 - 8pm: Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club: The Ecology Book Club generally meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Cedar Creek. We are continuing to meet online at z.umn.edu/bookclubonline (password: Bookclub20). Our June book is Life's Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive by Carl Zimmer. No need to have finished the book or attended a previous meeting to join in and no science background necessary. We'd love to have you with us! Questions? Email cedarcreekbookclub@gmail.com or visit our facebook page. (free, adults recommended)

 

September 14, 11:30-1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: Using old-field succession to examine plant buffering mechanisms against losses in productivity quantity and quality associated with extreme growing season drought. Join life-long learners virtually for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek. Bring your lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Grasslands provide key ecosystem services in supporting livestock production; however, the sustainability of these services is threatened by variability in environmental conditions between and across years. Shifts in environmental conditions are predicted broadly across the US, with sustained patterns of both longer and more severe drought. Consequently, there is a need to better understand the factors that promote stable production under extreme drought conditions to better provide land managers with tools for maintaining sustainable forage. Plant community characteristics, such as species diversity, have been recognized as potential buffers promoting production stability in the face of drought, however the mechanisms driving this pattern are poorly understood. Dr. Amy Churchill’s project specifically examines the importance of competition among plants in different successional grassland communities in predicting losses of productivity and shifts in nutritional quality. Findings will increase our understanding of potential mechanisms capable of improving sustainability of grasslands and provide land managers with increased explanation for why increased biodiversity supports healthy ecosystems. Register and attend online at z.umn.edu/LWASonline. (free, adults recommended)

 

September 21st, 9am – 10am: Forestry Webinar. You are invited to the 2021 Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar series! Cedar Creek is an in-person broadcast site; if you would like to view these lectures online, you will need to register and pay for access at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. September's speaker is Joseph Bump (U of MN Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology). He will provide an update on research related to wolves in Minnesota and the midwest, particularly in light of the species federal delisting in October 2020. Details on the webinar series are at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. Broadcast takes place in the Lindeman Discovery Center conference room. (free, adults recommended)

 

October 12, 11:30-1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: Climate change in Minnesota. Join life-long learners virtually for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek. Bring your lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Dr. Sam Potter will discuss the up-to-date science of how Minnesota will be (and is already) impacted by climate change. Specific focus topics will be selected after we see what 2021 brings in terms of patterns and news! Register and attend online at z.umn.edu/LWASonline. (free, adults recommended)

 

October 19th, 9am – 10am: Forestry Webinar. You are invited to the 2021 Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar series! Cedar Creek is an in-person broadcast site; if you would like to view these lectures online, you will need to register and pay for access at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. October's speaker is Marc Schwabenlander (MN Center for Prion Research and Outreach). He will provide updates on chronic wasting disease research and it's implications for managing deer populations in Minnesota. Details on the webinar series are at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. Broadcast takes place in the Lindeman Discovery Center conference room. (free, adults recommended)

 

November 9, 11:30-1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: Addressing global biodiversity decline with remote sensing and local knowledge. Join life-long learners virtually for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek. Bring your lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Planet Earth is experiencing rapid losses in biodiversity across the tree of life from plants, to insects to birds, reptiles and mammals. Prioritizing efforts to stem these losses is aided by knowing where change is happening most rapidly. Global monitoring is becoming increasingly feasible through satellite and remote sensing technology, but the signals from space are only as useful as our ability to interpret them. What role do field biologists, citizen scientists and biological research stations play? Dr. Jeannine Cavender-Bares will argue that integrating sensor technology with knowledge of organisms and ecological processes from all kinds of scientists—from amateurs to professionals and from urban centers to wildlands—is critical to understanding biodiversity change. The knowledge we generate is, in turn, essential for the prioritizing management efforts towards global sustainability. Register and attend online at z.umn.edu/LWASonline. (free, adults recommended)

 

November 16th, 9am – 10am: Forestry Webinar. You are invited to the 2021 Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar series! Cedar Creek is an in-person broadcast site; if you would like to view these lectures online, you will need to register and pay for access at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. November's speaker is Sawyer Scherer (UPM Blandin). He will talk about Minnesota's aspen forests, which also contain long-live conifer species. He will discuss current restoration plans and methods for tehse diverse mixedwood forests. Details on the webinar series are at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. Broadcast takes place in the Lindeman Discovery Center conference room. (free, adults recommended)

 

December 14th, 11:30-1pm. Lunch with a Scientist: Short-Term vs. Long-Term Research. Join life-long learners virtually for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek. Bring your lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Some ecology questions can be answered in short-tem studies, months to a few years.  But, other questions require much longer studies, even including many decades. Fortunately, Cedar Creek can accommodate both types of studies. Dr. Mark Davis has been involved with both types of research in his decades of working at the reserve. He will round out our program year with a report on some of his studies that include both types or research. Register and attend online at z.umn.edu/LWASonline. (free, adults recommended)

 

December 21st, 9am – 10am: Forestry Webinar. You are invited to the 2021 Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative webinar series! Cedar Creek is an in-person broadcast site; if you would like to view these lectures online, you will need to register and pay for access at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. December's speaker is Eric North (U of MN Urban and Community Forestry). He will talk about urban trees, both the challenges they face thriving in the places they are planted and the steps people can do to help them survive. Details on the webinar series are at sfec.cfans.umn.edu/2021-forestry-webinar-series. Broadcast takes place in the Lindeman Discovery Center conference room. (free, adults recommended)