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“Extremophiles” to be Discussed at Crossroads

So how diverse is life on Earth? The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) lecture at Crossroads at Big Creek on May 5 at 7 pm will discuss “Extremophiles,” organisms that live on Earth in conditions so extreme that is hard to fathom how they survive. Researchers have found organisms living in strong acids, harsh alkalines and in places without oxygen. Some creatures survive intense heat or in temperatures far below freezing or under unimaginable pressure. So the current question seems to be, if even on Earth, we have life in extreme conditions, might there be life on other planets or on the moons of other planets? The presenter for this portion of the meeting will be Coggin Heeringa. Visitors are invited to attend, and to catch up on the “Latest in Astronomy” with presenter Tom Minihan. The program will be held at the Stonecipher Astronomy Center, 2200 Utah St.

Also, at Crossroads on May 2 at 2 pm, the video Bringing Nature Home will be screened. Entomologist Doug Tallamy discusses the importance of native plants in improving wildlife habitats. The screening is free and open to the public.

The Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek is located at 2041 Michigan in Sturgeon Bay. The Collins Learning Center is open daily 2 – 4:30 pm and during scheduled events. Trails are free and open to the public. For more information visit crossroadsatbigcreek.com.