Newsletter: Cedar Creek – spring 2021

Happy April, everyone! And happy spring! Although it’s currently only 27° at Cedar Creek, the sun is shining, the snow is melted, and the birds, plants and researchers are showing up again. Here’s to a new season bringing us ALL health, outdoor adventures, and new beginnings!

We hope you enjoy this season’s issue of Field Notes, Cedar Creek’s quarterly newsletter, attached to this email. As usual, we highlight a mix of research, site news, education happenings, art and more! If you’d like to view or download a high-res version of this issue (or check out any of our past issues) you can do so at

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve is a University of Minnesota biological field station with many ecosystems and species found throughout the forests and grasslands of North America. Faculty, staff and students who work at Cedar Creek are dedicated to understanding how human activities, such as agriculture and fossil fuel combustion, are changing ecosystems.   Many of the experiments at Cedar Creek consider the long-term consequences of human-driven environmental changes. These include ecosystem responses to: 

  • Biodiversity loss
  • Nitrogen deposition
  • Elevated carbon dioxide
  • Warming and changes in precipitation
  • Exotic species invasions