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ADV - Lunch with a Scientist - Prescribed Burning - Cedar Creek

Lunch with a Scientist - Prescribed Burning - Cedar Creek website

2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE
East Bethel, MN 55005

Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! If weather permits, we will go outside to see the research and education in action. Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. Cedar Creek staff will share their roles in the prescribed burn process and how this research benefits oak savannas. Large tracts of prairie and oak savanna once covered parts of Anoka and Isanti Counties. Natural fires swept through these habitats and the native flora and fauna became adapted to periodic burning. Since towns have been established in nearby areas, it has become too dangerous to allow such fires to burn freely. Cedar Creek manages the prairies and now-rare oak savannas by setting controlled fires called prescribed burns. Cedar Creek has been practicing prescribed burning since the 1960s, making it one of the longest ongoing scientific fire experiments in the world. Researchers at Cedar Creek study the effects of fire at individual, community, and ecosystem levels with the goal of maintaining the prairies and developing effective restoration methods for the savanna.

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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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