Protected areas are places like national, state and county parks; national and state forests; nature reserves; and other places with extensive wildlife habitat. These places are managed to promote high biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. Two Minnesota protected areas (Afton State Park and Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve) and one research site (Canada lynx in NE MN) have been monitored with remote cameras and are part of TAO.
We are excited to include Ron Moen's research on Canada lynx in TAO. Ron's work focuses on determining lynx abundance and identifying critical habitat for lynx in NE Minnesota. We use Bear Head Lake State Park, a site that reflects the species found in lynx habitat, instead of identifying Ron's camera locations to protect his equipment and research in Minnesota.
We plan to offer more Minnesota, national, and international sites in the years to come.