Region residents are invited to a free program on how plants reproduce underwater and the role of underwater plant life with regards to other life including humans. Nathanael Pilla will discuss the importance of pondweeds, duckweeds, and other submerged plants. Attendees will also be introduced to many native and a few non-native submerged plant species. Pilla obtained his M.A. in botany from Purdue North Central under the tutelage of advisory board member, Dr. Robin Scribailo, who now chairs the biology department. Pilla worked previously as an educator at Save the Dunes and now delineates wetlands for Orbisec. “Nathan has a reputation for making botany exciting and his love for plants and bio-diversity is highly contagious,” said the announcement from Valparaiso Chain of Lakes Watershed Group.
Pilla is experienced in botanical research and identification and has led plant workshops, hikes, and frequently presents to the public in a variety of settings. His skills include conducting vegetation surveys, developing ecological management plans, creating floristic inventories, and monitoring rare, threatened and endangered plant species. His participation in creating the Living in the Dunes booklet for native gardening in Indiana’s Lake Michigan Shoreline received the prestigious Award of Excellence from the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
The presentation is brought to you by the Valparaiso Chain of Lakes Watershed Group, Monday, November 18, at the Porter County Administrative Building, on Indiana Avenue in downtown Valparaiso, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Q&A and Pizza starts at 8:00 p.m. For more information, text or call Walt Breitinger at 219-477-7526.