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ADV - Wetland Swales in the New Bison Range-Cedar Creek

Wetland Swales in the New Bison Range- Cedar Creek website

Fish Lake Nature Trail, Durant
East Bethel, MN 55005

This hike is geared for native plant enthusiasts, and led by expert botanist Barb Delaney. Barb will take you on an exploration of plant micro-habitats within Cedar Creek's new bison enclosure area before the beasts arrive! In the 1980s at Cedar Creek and Allison Savanna, Barb studied the plants occurring in the rare wet swale habitats of the oak savannas. She observed that water level fluctuations from year to year appeared to be a key disturbance that allowed many species to live together in a small zone. Some plants tolerated submersion; in dry years, others species rebounded. Bison will add another kind of disturbance. How will plant populations respond? This is a gorgeous area so you will enjoy the hike and the beautiful spring display. Hike runs rain or shine! We will be walking on the upland margins of swales but it may be damp in a few places. Please meet at Fish Lake Nature Trail parking lot off Durant St. and 229th Ave NE. Expect to cover up to 3 miles in this hike.

The course cost is $20 and includes course manuals and supplies.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Caitlin Potter

Dr. Potter is the education and outreach 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.

Sponsor Information

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve


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