Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (CCESR)

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black bear, fisher, and badger at CCESR CCESR is a large ecological research site in central Minnesota with natural habitats that represent the entire state. Cedar Creek is home to ground-breaking research on effects of climate change and was a pioneering site for development of radio telemetry wildlife collars. The team of people working at Cedar Creek is simply unparalleled. They offer quality research, conservation, and education opportunities just 30 minutes from the northern metro. Jim Krueger, Building & Grounds Supervisor, has been monitoring wildlife with his trail cameras for years at Cedar Creek. Some of his best camera captures will continue to be featured here.

We monitored remote cameras for TAO at Cedar Creek during fall 2008. When we arrived onsite and began searching for prime camera sites, we came upon a White-tailed deer that had been injured on the road and died inside the reserve. Free meals in the forest are a rarity, and this was one fantastic opportunity to observe the cast of species feeding on this deer carcass. Some of our favorite captures were Fisher, Red and Gray fox, and the ever-rapacious Raccoons. Jim and his colleagues continue to capture pictures of an array of species including Bobcat, Black bear, Sandhill cranes, and Badger.

Sandhill cranes

Our data are available from fall 2008 This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it..Note that the graph will open in a new window. Close the graph window to return here.