Friday, September 7 10:30 am
Starin Park Community Building
No matter how harsh an environment, organisms develop strategies to thrive almost everywhere. Temporary wetland habitats cycle from boom to bust where critters quickly eek out a living before the habitat becomes unlivable. Organisms can hibernate or lay extremely tough eggs that may wait decades, or even longer, for rain. Some species simply migrate around searching for water. The “speed of life” that these organisms use is very different from permanent habitats, and the strategies that critters use can be counterintuitive at first glance. While life may not be stable, the interactions between the creatures and habitat make for a very dramatic lifestyle. Mother Nature has recently provided us with a lot of temporary wetlands! Come and find out what may be in your area.
The presenter is Brian J. O’Neill, Ph. D. Assist. Prof., UW-W Dept. of Biological Sciences. Please register in advance by calling 262-473-0535