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ADV - Lunch with a Scientist - Red-headed Woodpeckers - Cedar Creek

Lunch with a Scientist - Red-headed Woodpeckers - 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. The red-headed woodpecker is found in open areas with live and dead trees, such as oak savannas, but populations have dropped by 90% since 1967. The Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery (RHWO) was formed in 2007 by the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis, with the goal of identifying factors contributing to decline and promoting land management practices to aid in conservation. In 2008, RHWO began monitoring nests at Cedar Creek as a partnership between citizen-science volunteers and researchers. Since 2017, tracking devices have been used on the birds to study their movements and migration. Dr. Elena West is an avian ecologist and conservation biologist with broad research and teaching interests in animal foraging and movement behavior, and quantitative wildlife population ecology. Dr. West began work with the RHWO in 2017 and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota where she is examining the annual cycle demography, habitat associations, and migration ecology of red-headed woodpeckers.

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.

Sponsor Information

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve


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