Minnesota Phenology Network - 9th Annual Gathering

Participants of the MnPN 8th Annual Gathering


The time is upon us!  The 9th Annual Minnesota Phenology Network Gathering meets this weekend of October 12-14th 2018 at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve!

We are a group of citizen scientists, researchers, educators, and enthusiastic Minnesotans, all of whom have a general interest in learning about nature and particular interest in phenology. We gather each year to share our thoughts and findings from the year, and learn from each other and experts in the field. There’s always plenty to learn for both novice naturalists to expert researchers! The gathering will include a mix of interesting walks, workshops and keynote presentations.  

The 2018 Gathering will take place at Minnesota’s only Long-Term Ecological Research Station, The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel, MN.  (https://www.cedarcreek.umn.edu/). While there, we’ll take exclusive tours of several research experiments not normally open to the public. Come see one of the nation's leading experimental research stations, located only 35 minutes north or the Twin-Cities, and enjoy the wonderful community experience that the Minnesota Phenology Network has to offer (https://mnpn.usanpn.org/).  

To Register: https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=2463528

Conference Schedule

Friday (Oct. 12th 2018)

4:00 - 6:00 pm Check-in  and registration
6:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 pm Keynote by Dr. Forest Isbell, Associate Director for Cedar Creek

Consequences of biodiversity loss for ecosystem functioning stability and services

9:00 - 10:00 pm Stargazing 

Saturday (Oct. 13th 2018)

Early morning Self-guided nature walks
8:00 - 9:00 am Breakfast 
9:00 - 10:30 Animal Tracking with Jonathan Poppele
10:30 - noon Cedar Bog Lake walking tour with John Latimer and Cedar Creek volunteer naturalists, Joe and DC

Noon -1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 pm Red headed woodpeckers and oak savanna restoration walk with red headed woodpecker team with Jim Howick.

3:00-5:00 pm (A) Tours of biodiversity experiments at Cedar Creek with Dr. Rebecca Montgomery  OR

3:00 - 5:00 pm (B) Phenology education workshop with MN Extension  with Sandi Wagner

5:00 - 6:00 pm Social hour

6:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 pm Keynote Dr. Sue Galatowitsch, Professor, Restoration Ecologist and Author

Finding "no regrets" climate adaptation strategies for Minnesota's vulnerable species

9:00 - 10:00 pm Stargazing 

Sunday (Oct. 14th 2018)

Early morning Self-guided nature walks
8:00 - 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 - noon Phenology BioBlitz led by Josh Leonard and Larry Weber

Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch/Check out