SUNY Oswego students and faculty are engaged in research: they have presented results from their work in journals, at campus QUEST symposiums, and many other forums. Rice Creek offers funding, a variety of project opportunities, and support for presentations. Additionally, each semester 9+ class sections are offered at Rice Creek, primarily in Biology and Zoology. 

Resources for Current Faculty

Use the link below to access Rice Creek's policy documents, including our parking map, equipment lists, technology notes, etc. The linked folder is only accessible to RCFS faculty. To request access, email

Resources for Current Researchers

Use the links below to access our registration form for new research projects, our field safety materials, and a link to a Google Earth GIS map file (.kmz) containing trails and features of RCFS.

Publications and Presentations

List of peer-reviewed articles appearing in scientific journals and conference presentations pertaining to research that was conducted on the Rice Creek property or with field station support. 

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Cardinal study gives flight to undergraduate research opportunities

Featured Research Project: Northern Cardinal Ecology & Behavior

Biological Sciences faculty member Daniel Baldassare works with three undergraduates — Brooke Goodman, Shyla Luna and Dennis Ramos — on a variety of projects related to Northern Cardinal behavior and ecology. The project seeks to better understand why this species of songbird is so adept at surviving and thriving in urban areas, comparing findings for birds at Rice Creek Field Station (a rural, natural site) with an urban site: Barre Park in the city of Syracuse.

Student Research

SUNY Oswego students apply the skills and knowledge they have learned during class projects, independent study, or as assistants to faculty. Many research projects are field-based while some require field work and laboratory analysis.

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Small Grants Program

Rice Creek Associates' Small Grants Program supports research by providing funds to scholars, scientists, educators and students. Proposals oriented toward basic and applied research in field biology, the natural sciences, social sciences, physics, atmospheric and geological sciences, arts, communication, education, and/or service projects will be considered.

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Natural History, Collections and Ecology

Rice Creek Field Station has a rich variety of habitats and inhabitants, and sits within a diverse ecological landscape. The field station maintains a list of species that have been observed in the area around Rice Creek and Rice Pond from wetlands to upland forests, available through online and printed guides and checklists. Much of this biodiversity is further documented physically, through voucher specimens in our natural history collection.

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Bird Banding at SUNY Oswego

Bird Banding

Bird banding was an on-going event from 2007-14. Master bird bander Jim Keefer, a SUNY Oswego alumnus, volunteered to conduct this bird population ecology research and taught others about resident and migrating birds in our area. Visitors joined to observe and helped with the banding, often having hands-on experience with the birds during the process. As of Fall 2014, over 1100 birds have been banded at Rice Creek.