Minnesota Master Naturalist

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ADV - Wildlife Tracking Research - Lunch with a Scientist

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, East Bethel website

2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE
East Bethel, MN 55005

Join life-long learners for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek! Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Each month, scientists will present a general-audience lecture about their work at or related to Cedar Creek.

December's speaker will be Jonathan Poppele, director of the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project and co-founder of the Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey. Minnesota is home to an incredible array of wildlife diversity, many of which can be identified to species by their tracks and sign. Cedar Creek's diverse landscapes are a refuge for many of these animals, although they are rarely seen directly by visitors, researchers or staff. Mr. Poppele will share about his work tracking and studying wildlife through Minnesota, and specifically onsite at Cedar Creek. He will also share stories and opportunities of volunteers working on citizen science wildlife surveys at the reserve. If conditions permit, he will take participants out on one of Cedar Creek's internal roads to look for wildlife tracks! Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather.

Contact Tillery with questions, bail0311@umn.edu, 612-301-2613.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Caitlin Potter

Dr. Potter is the education and community engagement coordinator at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Her background is in wildlife ecology, and she holds a B.S. in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology as well as a masters and Ph.D in ecology and evolutionary biology. She studied wildlife and animal behavior all over the world (mostly monkeys in Ethiopia) before finding her true passion doing environmental education! Now, she runs school field trips and public events at CCESR, works with scientists to get their results into the hands of students, and organizes several citizen science projects.

Tillery Bailey

Tillery is serving her second year as the Minnesota GreenCorps Member at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. MN GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program sponsored by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which allows young environmental professionals to gain practical experience. At Cedar Creek she serves as a member of the education and outreach team.

Tillery graduated from the University of Minnesota in December 2017 with a BS in Recreation Administration and a Management minor. She loves teaching yoga, spending time outside, and creating the occasional art project.

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Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

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