Cary's Dave Strayer will present a lecture on our planet's inland waters and the rich diversity of life that they support. We think of Earth as "the blue planet" because oceans cover 71% its surface. But there are other waters on our planet – the innumerable lakes, ponds, puddles, marshes, rivers, streams, and ground waters that together make up inland waters.
Inland waters cover a mere 1% of Earth’s surface, yet they are home to an amazing array of plants and animals. Discover catfish that eat pigeons, plants that eat animals, animals that photosynthesize, mussels that seduce fish, the world's largest water lilies, lakes with the pH of battery acid, and creative solutions to reproductive hurdles.