Minnesota Master Naturalist

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ADV - Red-headed Woodpeckers - 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.

May's speaker will be longtime citizen scientist Dr. Jim Howitz. For more than 10 years, citizen scientists have toiled away at Cedar Creek to study the state's densest breeding population of red-headed woodpeckers. Over the last few years, their project has grown from simple locate-and-monitor efforts to a fully-fledged research program featuring a postdoctoral scientist, paid research technicians, and a suite of hypothesis-driven questions about behavior, development, movement and more. Join Jim for an overview of the research and what we've learned so far, then if weather permits, Jim will take the group on a bird walk to see these charismatic birds in their natural habitat! 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.

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Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

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