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Red River Zoo, NDSU to partner on new research center

FARGO — A new research center for studying birds, bats and small mammals will open this fall at Fargo’s Red River Zoo.

The project, a joint effort between the zoo and North Dakota State University, will be called the NDSU Conservation Research Center.

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The partnership will enable NDSU graduate and undergraduate students to conduct research on bird species including chickadees, red wing blackbirds and Franklin gulls, brown bats, prairie voles and ground squirrels, said Wendy Reed, NDSU head of biological sciences.

Partnering with NDSU and providing space for the research center helps the zoo meet its accreditation requirements, said Lisa Tate, zoo executive director.

The project is being funded by a $60,000 National Science Foundation grant and a $30,000 donation from the Fargo-based Dietrich Family Foundation, Reed said.

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