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Plants and how they survive the 'Big Chill' topic Wednesday at UW-FDL

2:54 PM, Feb. 14, 2013  |  Comments
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We are happy to bring Dr. Jim Reinartz to the University Center on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m., in Room UC114, to talk about how plants survive our Wisconsin winters.

The plants of temperate and boreal regions have many adaptations that allow them to survive the extremely low temperatures and drought of winter. Jim will explore a wide variety of topics related to plant life in winter - particularly our woody plants that can't escape freezing and drought associated with extreme cold by living under the snow or soil.

Dr. Reinartz is the director of the UWM Field Station, where he has worked for over 30 years. He is a plant ecologist, wetland ecologist, and evolutionary biologist, who teaches about the vegetation of Wisconsin, wetland ecology, grassland ecology, and plant adaptations for surviving the winter, among other topics. He is noted for teaching topics that are easily understood by nonprofessionals.

"After taking a course on this subject from Dr. Reinartz at UWM Field Station, I am certain participants will have a great appreciation for how our plants survive the winter," says Connie Ramthun, education coordinator for the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum.

The talk is free and open to the public and is located on 400 University Drive, Fond du Lac. Park in the east parking lot and come in the main entrance; signs will be posted from there. Call Connie at 920-533-8939 with any questions.

The Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum continues to offer educational programs monthly. For a complete list of programs, visit wwwwgottfriedprairiearboretum.org or pick up a brochure at UW-Fond du Lac. These programs are made possible by donations from Consultant's Laboratory, Fond du Lac County Master Gardeners, Grande Cheese, Fond du Lac Area Foundation, Wisconsin Energy Corporation Foundation and Set in Ink.

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