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Citizen Science Project Aims to Survey Animals at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Photo: Photo: Cedarcreek.umn.edu/CitizenScience

July 22, 2016 09:39 AM

Community members can help researchers at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel by joining a citizen science project.

Cedar Creek is teaming up with the MN Wildlife Tracking Project to ask community members to help survey the mammals and birds that live at the 5,400-acre reserve. According to the University of Minnesota, the reserve is home to at least 61 of the 77 mammal species present in Minnesota, but they’re not always easy to find.

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Volunteers will learn track IDs, survey techniques and how to use the iNaturalist citizen science data collection platform.

The training takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, and the survey is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

The project will happen year-round, with one survey day each season.

Learn more about the project here.

To RSVP, email caitlin@umn.edu or call 612-301-2602.

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