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Events Summer 2016

Upcoming Events

Interested in seeing more than just the Fish Lake Nature Trail? Why join us at one of our upcoming events! All the events listed below are free of charge to attend, open to the public and take place at CCESR's Lindeman Discovery and Research Center (except the East Bethel Booster Days Parade).

It would help our planning to know if you are going to join us, so please contact Caitlin at  (link sends e-mail) or 612-301-2602. Hope to see you soon!

July 16th, 11am: East Bethel Booster Days Parade

            Cheer on the Cedar Creek Fire Brigade in the East Bethel Booster Days Parade! And visit our booth throughout the day to meet some of our education staff and interns, learn about upcoming events, hear the latest research news and get general information about the field station.


July 23rd, 9am – 4pm: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey training and orientation (PLEASE RSVP)

            This summer, we’re starting a new citizen science project – the Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey! This project is co-sponsored by Jonathan Poppele and the MN Wildlife Tracking Project (, and is a unique opportunity to learn a new skill, connect with nature, and help Cedar Creek scientists learn about the wildlife living on our property. Join us at the Lindeman Center (2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE) for an introduction to the project and a crash course in animal tracking! Then join us in August to put your new skills to use surveying Cedar Creek’s sand roads. Offered in conjunction with the MN Wildlife Tracking Project.


August 7th, 9am: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey day

            If you attended the July 23rd tracking training, we invite you to join us for Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey’s first day of data collection! We will be going out in teams to survey sand road transects for animal tracks, sharing our discoveries with one another, and beginning to plan for our fall and winter survey days and tracking opportunities.


August 12th: 8:30pm: Night Sky Viewing Party!

            CANCELLED due to weather. - Evan Tucker from the U of M’s Astronomy Department will be joining us at Cedar Creek for a very special night of star-, moon-, planet- and meteor-gazing! Meet at 8:30pm in the Lindeman Center (2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE) for a short presentation on astronomy, then head outside to our new telescope! Keep your fingers crossed for good weather and clear skies, as we’ll have the chance to see the moon’s craters, the Perseid meteor shower, and possibly Jupiter and Saturn.


August 22nd, 8pm: Nocturnal entomology: moths to the flame (LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS; PLEASE RSVP)

            Ever wonder what those insects circling your porch light are really up to? Join Dr. Eric Lind at Cedar Creek to learn about these little (and not-so-little) creatures of the night, including a program on the science of studying nocturnal insects, and a chance to see them up close in their habitat as we go "mothing" after dark. Bring dark clothing, a headlamp if you have one, and your sense of adventure in encountering a diverse group of beautiful bugs that many people never get to see.


Noon Science Seminars - 12pm-1pm in the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center

(these lunchtime talks are aimed at our summer intern community as an opportunity for them to learn from and interact with research scientists, but they are open to the general public as well! Feel free to bring your lunch and join us to learn more about science research and science careers.)

7/13: Trees, pets, and people: a watershed approach to understanding urban eutrophication (Dr. Sarah Hobbie)

7/20: Across kingdoms and continents: being a grassland ecologist is awesome! (Dr. Kim La Pierre)

7/27: Causes and consequences of changes in biodiversity (Dr. Forest Isbell)

8/3: How much biodiversity can climate change adaptation really save? (Dr. Jessica Hellman)

8/9: From Monkeys and Mountains to Minnesota (Dr. Caitlin Barale Potter)

8/17: TBA (Dr. Daniel Stanton)




David Tilman takes the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for scientifically demonstrating how biodiversity makes ecosystems more stable, productive and resilient.  This award is the latest in a series of well-deserved international honors that includes the Heineken Prize and the Balzan Award recognizing Dave's exceptional contributions to ecology.

Apply for one of three REU awards in the NASA ESTEEM funded project, Gidakiimanaaniwigamig (Our Earth Lodge) STEM Camp: Investigating climate change and its effect on Ojibwe lifeways.  Deadline is January 12, 2015.  Click here for information and application.

Winning 2014 St.Paul Winter Carnival Snow Sculpting Team heads to the National Snow Sculpting Championship in Lake Geneva on January 28th - 31rst 2015. This creative team includes Cedar Creek Staff Jim Krueger and Alumni Jared Trost. The buzz is they plan to continuing their quest to bring bee awareness to the public through sculpture again this year.  Wishing them the best of luck at Nationals! Read about last years Winter Carnival win here.

Calling winter birders!  The Audubon Annual Christmas Bird Count at Cedar Creek is Sunday, December 14, 2014.  A few spots remain for this opportunity to identify Cedar Creek’s winter winged residents.  Click here to register and find out more.


Plants’ ability to use carbon dioxide as fertilizer and help mitigate the effects of climate change is significantly affected by how much water and soil nutrients are available to the plants. BioCON results by Riech, Hobbie and Lee just published in the journal Nature Geoscience.  Read the full story at UMN Discover-Environment.

Live longer? Save the planet? Better diet could nail both
New study by Dave Tilman shows healthier food choices could dramatically decrease environmental costs of agriculture. Read the full story at UMN Discover-Food + Agriculture.

Plants’ ability to use carbon dioxide as fertilizer and help mitigate the effects of climate change is significantly affected by how much water and soil nutrients are available to the plants. BioCON results by Riech, Hobbie and Lee just published in the journal Nature Geoscience.  Read the full story at UMN Discover-Environment.


A NutNet Global study includes the US LTER network with 5 LTER sites in the study and 8 from the Nutrient Network. A network of networks! Recent work published in Nature shows the experimental diversity-stability work at Cedar Creek applies to natural communities as well.


March 14th, 2014

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring:
RT-130: Annual Wildland Safety Refresher

Training begins at 9am at Cedar Creek in the Linderman Lab reception hall.

Maps and directions


The University’s School of Musicand Department of Art, Photography, Experimental and Media Arts will create a music and visual arts performance and installation evoking the sights and sounds of the Cedar Creek reserve. This project is made possible by a Mini Grant from the U of M Institute on the Environment.

Thursday, February 27 at 5:30 pm
University of MN, St Paul Campus

Learning and Environmental Sciences Building,
Commons Gallery to Atrium
Free & open to the public!


Why long-term research is necessary for truly understanding environmental phenomena.  PNAS,  Global Change Biology, Ecology Letters, Nature

Urban land-use change may be homogenizing the US, producing residential ecosystems/landscapes that are more similar to each other than to the natural ecosystems that they replace.

Linking Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Current Uncertainties and the Necessary Next Steps

December 7 - MOU Paper Session
Citizen scientists discuss the Cedar Creek-based red-headed woodpecker recovery project at  MOU Paper Session on December 7, 2013, 3pm at the Bell Museum of Natural History on the campus of the University of Minnesota (corner of Church St & University Ave).

Sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithological Union, the papers presented on various bird related topics are throughout the day and displays are available in the museum halls all day.

Register Here


"Biodiversity from the sky, Oh My!"

Two federal agencies have awarded a $2 million grant for a multi-institutional research effort centered at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve for the project, which is titled "Linking remotely sensed optical diversity to genetic, phylogenetic and functional diversity to predict ecosystem processes.” Participants will include CBS graduate students and researchers from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Funding agencies are the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Funding begins May 2014. 
PI: Jeannine Cavender-Bares (CBS-EEB); Co-PIs: Sarah Hobbie (CBS-EEB), Rebecca Montgomery (CFANS, Forestry), Peter Reich (CFANS, Forestry)
This project will measure biodiversity from the sky by remotely sensing the reflected light spectra of plants and investigate the consequences of biodiversity for ecosystem and global processes. The study will use three biodiversity manipulations at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve to test whether plant diversity (including genotypes within species, species with different functions, and species from different evolutionary lineages) can be detected remotely at multiple spatial scales.  Project scientists from four institutions will investigate linkages between plant biodiversity, soil microbe diversity and ecosystem function. These efforts will serve in the development of airborne and satellite platforms that can routinely monitor biodiversity provide critical experimental evidence for the concept of surrogacy, i.e., that one metric of biodiversity can be used to provide information about others.

The project seeks to transform methods for detecting changes in biodiversity worldwide and will provide numerous training opportunities in science, technology and math (STEM) for young scientists. Results will be integrated into the Cedar Creek Schoolyard Ecology program and a NASA-funded STEM Education Center to train Native American reservation teachers. Citizen scientists will be engaged through the MN Phenology Network. Data and research outcomes will be archived in publicly accessible data repositories.


Sarah Hobbie elected to the National Academy of Sciences.


Nico Eisenhauer and fellow Cedar Creek researchers demonstrate that plant diversity is a strong driver of the structure and functioning of food webs in theProcedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


October 18
Plein Air Painting Class with Glenn Terry
Explore your creative potential with a fun and focused process; learn sound painting techniques to strengthen your artistic skills with methods that can be taught to your students.
For more information and to register, click here.

Schoolyard-LTER Field Trips
Big yellow school buses will arrive each week as CDR education staff welcome K-12 class groups. Students and teachers will participate in unique ecology field experiences designed to help develop skills needed to better understand scientific principles and processes, such as data collection, data analysis, critical thinking, and application of science to real-world contexts.

Sept 14th 2013

Wild Ones tour

Bonnie Harper-Lore, a naturalist and educator, will lead the Wild Ones’ “Crossing Biomes” free two-part walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve and the Helen Allison Savanna. For directions and information, go to

Sept-Oct 2013

Fish Lake Scavenger Hunt:  Look for these plants and animals on our public nature trail.  (Click here to download and print the scavenger hunt!).

Open-Source Ecology Takes Root Across the World: Science puts a spotlight on the Nutrient Network, founded by Cedar Creek researchers Elizabeth Borer and Eric Seabloom.