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There is one plant sale in the Quad-City area this week:

June 4

Mississippi Valley Hosta Society, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4, shelter No. 1 in Davenport's Duck Creek Park, 3300 W. Locust St. Hosta and companion plants.

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CAMBRIDGE, Ill. \u2014 Lanette Carlson loves to decorate,\u00a0do makeovers, and find new\u00a0uses for the\u00a0wood, tin and other architectural items her husband\u00a0salvages out of\u00a0barns, homes, and other buildings\u00a0through their Carlson's Barnwood Co.

She has done so many projects, additions and re-dos at their\u00a0home in rural Henry County\u00a0that she finally had to look elsewhere for opportunities.

In 2011, the company began buying homes that were in foreclosure or otherwise needy,\u00a0fixing them up and selling them, always incorporating Carlson's\u00a0decorating touch and numerous salvaged items.

This year they completed\u00a0their fifth home, a 1920s Arts and Crafts-style bungalow in Cambridge. It will be open for tours Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The home at 202 E. Court St.\u00a0also will\u00a0be staged \u2014 inside and out \u2014 with furniture and \"little cutesies,\" as Carlson calls decorating items.

The home's builder was\u00a0John Gault, who constructed\u00a0many of the town's nicer homes at the\u00a0beginning of the 20th Century, Carlson said.

\"I always admired this house when I went through town,\" she said. \"I thought it was the neatest home.\"

The exterior is covered with stucco, which Carlson's Barnwood crew repaired and then painted in a\u00a0tri-color scheme of Stonehenge \"greige\" (a combination of gray and beige), trimmed with dungeon bronze and cream. The front door will be a dark green called mallard feather.

The inside\u00a0is filled with\u00a0lots of original character, including hardwood floors, exceptionally deep crown molding in the front rooms, a colonnade with shelves dividing the living room and dining room, a built-in china cupboard in the dining room and a set of pocket doors between the two front parlors.

In addition to putting a shine on those original features, the Carlsons \u2014 well, mostly Lanette \u2014 have put in new\u00a0touches. \"Where there wasn't character, we are giving it some,\" Carlson said. Here are five:

\u2022 Entrance room: The ceiling\u00a0was not in good shape, so they covered it with decorative tin that was salvaged from an Alexis auto dealer. After scraping off the flaking paint and rust, they painted it a color called hammered copper, then applied an ebony glaze.

\u2022 Kitchen:\u00a0The walls were covered with brick-red Z-brick, a product that was popular at one time but now has largely\u00a0fallen out of favor. Rather than try to remove it all, Carlson freshened it with a whitewash mixture of plaster of Paris and paint.

\u2022 Back bedroom: The room had no special features, so\u00a0the Carlsons installed whitewashed\u00a0wood beams on the ceilings, with corbels, for a cottage look.

\u2022 Hallway:\u00a0The Carlsons installed crown molding salvaged from Jumer's Lodge, Bettendorf.\u00a0

\u2022 Upstairs bonus room: Covered a chimney with tin sheets made to look like bricks that were salvaged from a barn, then made a fireplace mantel out of salvaged wood to set in front of it. The ceiling is covered with beadboard salvaged from a\u00a0Geneseo church.

The home is\u00a0deceptively large, with\u00a0two front parlors, a dining room, kitchen, full bath and back bedroom on the first floor. The second parlor, separated from the first with pocket doors and containing a closet, could be used as a bedroom.

Upstairs there is a large \"bonus\" room at the top of the stairs and two bedrooms with a \"jack and jill\" bathroom between them.\u00a0All told, it's about 2,500 square feet.

You'll also\u00a0find interesting ideas in the backyard, where the Carlsons have built a patio from salvaged bricks and a firepit. And it will be decorated with all kinds of garden items \u2014 some not typically considered for gardens \u2014 from the antique shop run by Lanette Carlson's sister.

The asking price of the home is $135,000.

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For years, Chris Noth was known pretty much as a musician. In the 1970s, he played with the band Natty Scratch, and for the past 10 years he has taught guitar lessons at Davenport's River Music Experience.

But now Noth, of Davenport, can add \"dahlia grower\" to his list of distinctions.

His hobby began about 10 years when his sister-in-law gave him a packet of giant zinnia seeds. The annual's vibrant color display made for great cut-flower bouquets, and from there Noth moved to similar-looking, but more spectacular, dahlias.

He enjoys making bouquets of \"total color,\" and giving them to friends and family, including his 91-year-old mother.

Zinnias and dahlias pair well. \"Zinnias make the dahlias pop, and the dahlias make the zinnias pop,\" Noth said.

Dahlias grow from tubers, or bulbs, and in the Midwest, the tubers will die over winter unless the grower digs them up and stores them inside. Some gardeners don't want to bother with that and grow dahlias as annuals, but at a cost of $10 for three or four tubers, Noth prefers saving them from season to season.

To get a jump on the season and ensure he gets flowers as early as possible, Noth begins working in April, starting zinnia seeds in his basement under grow lights that are on an 18-hour timer, and planting the dahlia tubers in pots with good drainage.

That way both are of good size by planting time in May.

He plants his flowers in an area on the south side of his house that used to be lawn. \"I tore up all the grass, but I'm just about out of room,\" he said. \"I wish I had more room.\"

Two nationally circulated magazines, Midwest Living and Yankee, featured dahlias in editions last fall. Both extolled the spectacular blooms of dahlias, with their wide variety of colors as well as shapes. Some dahlias look so different from each other \u2014 12-inch dinner plates versus 2-inch pom-pons \u2014 that one would hardly think they are the same plant.

And growing them can become an addiction. As with hostas or roses, growers tend to want to keep acquiring more. Just ask Noth.

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Senior Resources

Senior Resources is located in the Shepley Building, 1808 Mulberry Ave., Muscatine. Hours are 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. The agency provides services to Muscatine County residents ages 60 or older and programs and activities each month for all seniors. For more information, call 563-263-7292 or 888-667-2026.

Adult Day Center

Senior Resources Adult Day Center provides loved ones with socialization and programs while caregivers complete errands and appointments. Senior Resources also offers bathing and a low-stimulus room. For more information, call 563-263-7292 or 888-667-2026.

Advance Care Planning

Honoring Your Wishes is a community-wide program that helps people create an advance care plan so people can outline their future health care goals. You will then make a written plan that will describe your wishes to others if you cannot communicate. This service is available at no cost for adults ages 18 years or older. Call Senior Resources for more information.

Chore Program

The Chore Program helps seniors ages 60 or over, in Muscatine County, with lawn mowing, snow shoveling and heavy household cleaning. A sliding fee scale is used to calculate the rate. Please call Senior Resource if you have any questions.

Home Repair Program

The Home Repair Program is offered by Senior Resources and helps seniors ages 60 or over, in Muscatine County, to fix or repair minor household problems. A sliding fee scale is used to calculate reimbursement for labor. Please call Senior Resource if you have any questions 263-7292.

Meals on Wheels

Senior Resources Meals on Wheels program consists of a lunch-time meal delivered by volunteers to area seniors who have trouble cooking for themselves, possibly live alone and have no one in the home to cook for them or for someone who has just gotten out of the hospital and needs help temporarily with meals until they get back on their feet. If you would like more information or to sign up for the program, please call Shannon at 563-263-7292 or email to meals@sr-resources.org.

Medical equipment

Senior Resources and sponsor Trinity Episcopal Church are offering the Durable Medical Equipment Lending Closet. The program, which lends medical items free of charge, is available to residents of Muscatine and the surrounding area, but not limited to seniors. Anyone borrowing equipment is asked to sign it out and agree to bring it back. There is no time limit. Items include: bath benches, canes, commodes, crutches, walkers, walkers with wheels and wheelchairs. Donations for this program can be dropped off at Senior Resources, 1808 Mulberry Ave., or Trinity Episcopal Church, 211 Walnut St. Pickups also can be arranged by calling Senior Resources at 563-263-7292 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; or Trinity Episcopal Church at 563-263-2177 from 8 a.m.-noon Tuesday-Friday.

Outreach

The Outreach program helps seniors file paperwork with the state Department of Human Services, gives referrals to other agencies, and makes friendly visits along with other special projects. Available in Spanish. Call Laura at 563-263-7292 for more information.

SHIIP program

Senior Resources offers free and confidential Medicare counseling through its Senior Health Insurance Information Program. This service is offered through the State of Iowa to help people sort through confusing information about Medicare and health insurance. For more information, call Laura at 563-263-7292.

Volunteers needed

Senior Resources is looking for volunteers to deliver Meals On Wheels. We have five routes that go out from Trinity Muscatine hospital Monday-Friday. We have two routes that go out Saturday mornings. The routes take about an hour. For more information call Shannon at 263-7292.

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Milestones Area Agency on Aging is located at 1512 Isett Ave in Muscatine. To inquire about home-delivered meals, call 563-260-9921.

Milestones Area Agency on Aging Senior Nutrition Centers provide a good meal prepared by Trinity Muscatine and opportunities to volunteer, meet with friends and attend educational activities. Any senior age 60+ and their spouse of any age are welcome.

The suggested donation for a meal is $3.50 in-house and $4 for home delivery. Income and ability to contribute do not determine eligibility. Persons under the age of 60 may attend; however, the charge is $8.50 per meal. Menus are available at milestonesaaa.org.

Call the location you\u2019d like to attend at least one day in advance to order a meal.

Muscatine

Clark House \u2014 Monday-Sunday: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 117 W. Third St. 563-264-8766. Monday-Friday, Roberta; Saturday and Sunday, Karen.

Hershey Manor \u2014 Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-noon, 1810 Mulberry Ave., 563-263-8337, Betty.

The Towers \u2014 Monday-Friday: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 106 E. Sixth St., 563-260-4064, Bill.

Fruitland

The New Community Center \u2014 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, 104 Sand Run Road. 563-260-9921, Volunteers.

Wilton

102 E. Fourth St. \u2014 Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 563-732-3558, Dennell.

West Liberty

1204 N. Calhoun St. \u2014 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 319-627-6848, Gwen.

May 28-June 3

Sunday: Ham w/ cranberry glaze, baked potato, California vegetables, wheat berry bread, strawberries.

Monday: Memorial Day: Herb chicken breast, savory rice pilaf, stir fry vegetables, cantaloupe, chocolate pudding.

Tuesday: Pork roast, potatoes au gratin, zucchini & tomatoes, fresh apple, oatmeal raisin cookie.

Wednesday: Roast beef or beef liver & onions, roasted red potatoes, broccoli, fresh orange, brownie

Thursday: Chicken noodle casserole, garden salad, bread stick, cantaloupe & honeydew.

Friday: Salmon w/ dill sauce, 7-grain wild rice, mixed vegetables, banana, cherry blueberry crisp.

Saturday: Meat lasagna, Italian vegetables, garlic bread, fruited jello, vanilla wafer cookie.

The senior nutrition program is sponsored by Milestones Area Agency on Aging.

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Volunteer drivers for the Senior Resources Meals on Wheels program for May 29- June 3, 2017, are as follows:

Trinity Muscatine

Monday \u2014 Amber Causey, Shannon Abel, Mona Onken,\u00a0 Monsanto

Tuesday \u2014 NCI- Jill and Austin, Gary Schrock, Judy Merritt, Pete DeGabriele.

Wednesday \u2014 Connie Keitel, Hon CR Distribution, NCI-Kelly Peak and Adam Batchelor, Musco

Thursday \u2014 Lori Dietrich, Ann and Pete DeGabriele, Bethany O'Connor,\u00a0 Rick and Debbie Hazelwood

Friday \u2014 Muscatine Community College, New Choices, Inc., Dean Edleman, Monsanto

Saturday \u2014 John Kuhl, Bob Roger

Loaves and Fishes

Meals served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturdays at the MCSA, 312 Iowa Ave.

May 27- no meal

Muscatine Art Center

The Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Ave., is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tuesday \u2014 10 a.m., Sandy Hallett; 2 p.m. Sue Muir

Wednesday \u2014 10 a.m., no volunteer available; 2 p.m. Mary Louise Caponette

Thursday \u2014 10 a.m., Diane Orr-Kelly;\u00a0 2 p.m., staff

Friday \u2014 10 a.m.,no volunteer available, 2 p.m.; Debbie Burr

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For the fourth consecutive year, hundreds of cyclists and thousands of spectators are expected to take over the Village of East Davenport on Monday for the largest bicycle race event in the Quad-Cities.

The Kwik Star Criterium \u2014 formerly known as the Quad-Cities Criterium \u2014 is \u201cbigger and better\u201d this year, said John Harrington, who helps organize the annual Memorial Day festivities for the Quad-Cities Bicycle Club.

Many viewers liken the family-friendly gathering, now in its 52nd year, to the Quad-City Times Bix 7, only on wheels. Vehicles usually begin to pack the surrounding side streets early in the day as hordes of onlookers party on front lawns near every corner of the 7/10-mile race track.

2415 Fulton Avenue could be the best party spot along the #qccrit route. Scott and Betsy Helmich have free popcorn. pic.twitter.com/TUFOfjRtyt

— Jack Cullen (@JS_Cullen) May 30, 2016
\n

Organizers hope to see between 500 and 600 cyclists pedal the route throughout the day. The first of 13 races begins at 9 a.m., and the day's headliner, the men's pro race, is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m.

For the first time, the top four finishers in both the men's and women's pro races will receive equal prize money, a change that Harrington said already has drawn more female competitors than last year.

The total payout is $10,000. Additionally, the Quad-Cities Bicycle Club will donate $1,000 to Honor Flight of the Quad-Cities.\u00a0

Those with fat bikes \u2014 bicycles equipped with 4-inch-wide tires \u2014 will have the chance to test out the course in the afternoon during the second annual Healthy Habits Faterium.\u00a0

To boost accommodations, Harrington said 13 Quad-City individuals and families plan to host about 50 out-of-towners on Sunday night.\u00a0

Many of the traveling cyclists will compete Friday in the Burlington Road Race, Saturday in the 35th annual Snake Alley Criterium, also in Burlington, and Sunday in the Melon City Criterium in Muscatine.\u00a0

The four area races combine to form the Iowa Memorial Weekend Cycling Classic, which now is part of the Flyover Championship Race Series.

The Midwest series kicked off earlier this month in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In June and July, amateur racers, who earn points at each stop, will head to three other competitions in Kansas City, Missouri, Clear Lake, Iowa, and Minneapolis.\u00a0

In Davenport, hills along the course, including the 90-foot climb on Hillcrest Avenue, make for an entertaining show, Harrington said.\u00a0

After tackling the slope, which has a 12 percent grade at the steepest portion, riders will fly downhill on Fulton Avenue at speeds of at least 40 mph.

The criterium's former grounds in Moline's Olde Towne (30 years) and The District of Rock Island (17 years) lacked hills. The inaugural Quad-Cities Criterium was held in East Moline.\u00a0

Inspecting the current course on Thursday, Harrington credited Davenport Public Works crews for patching potholes and any other uneven surfaces on the roadway.

\u201cIt looks safe,\u201d he said. \u201cWe just need good weather.\u201d

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A bike blessing?

Why, yes, that's true: It's at Grace Lutheran Church in Davenport, and it's called \"The Blessing of the Bikes.\" It's 9:45-10:15 a.m. Sunday in the north parking lot at the church, 1140 E. High St., Davenport.

This is the third year for the blessing program, thought of as outreach mission to the neighborhood near the church, according to Russ Finkler, a member of Grace Lutheran who helps to coordinate the event.

While other churches do activities for emergency responders or military veterans, Finkler said Grace Lutheran hit on this blessing event as good for adults and children on bicycles.

\"We promote safety,\" Finkler said.

There's a brief talk on what to look for concerning safety: This includes checking the brakes, seat height and tire pressure.

Helmet safety is discussed, especially for children on bikes. There's a special effort to impress safety tips on the children present, Finkler said.

Grace Lutheran's Dr. Rebecca Wiese will speak and give the blessing, and those present are asked to respond. The liturgy is also printed up.

Church members have tried to spread the word about the event, Finkler said. Posters are up in local bike shops, and there has been contact with the Quad-Cities Bicycle Club, which has featured this event on its home page for May at quadcitiesbicycleclub.org.

Last year, about 100 people showed up for the special blessing. It was a mix of middle-aged folks with children.

Last year, the minister reminded participants that God is present in every part of life, including activities such as recreation.

Speakers talked about safety tips, including:

\u2022\u00a0Wear bright clothing or reflective stripes at night.

\u2022\u00a0Make sure the bike is in good condition with properly inflated tires and well-attached handle bars.

\u2022\u00a0Exercise common sense and awareness when on a bike.

\u2022\u00a0Signal and take care when making turns.

Free safety kits and packets are available, and Finkler said the Honor Guard, motorcycle group, has been invited to participate.

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If you are one of the nearly 3,000\u00a0people who attended\u00a0elementary\u00a0school at Davenport's Sacred Heart Cathedral, your last chance to see the historic school is coming up.

The 100-year-old building,\u00a0dedicated in 1915, is expected to be demolished later this year as a new diocesan center addition to the\u00a0cathedral takes shape. The spot where the\u00a0school is now will be converted to\u00a0parking.

To mark the transition and to salute all the learning and memory-making that occurred at the school, a committee of parishioners and former students has organized a free cookout/picnic reunion for 3-7 p.m. Saturday, June 24, the day after the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

Any former student, faculty or staff member or volunteer of the school at 422 E. 10th St.\u00a0is invited to attend, said Jim Tiedge, one of the organizers.

Attendees will be able to tour the school beginning at 3 p.m. and celebrate Mass in the cathedral at 4 p.m. A free picnic will follow, served\u00a0in tents\u00a0set up on the grounds. The school's cornerstone also will be opened.

Tour evokes memories

Walking into the school one day last week, former student Marry Kellenberger was immediately struck by the aroma.

\"It smells the same,\" she said.

As she, Tiege and former student Evie Plambeck made their way through the three floors, gym and auditorium, they recalled their time there.

Sacred Heart\u00a0was a place of\u00a0learning and strict discipline by the nuns, but also\u00a0a place for fun and where\u00a0a sense of family prevailed, said Kellenberger, who is helping Tiedge with the reunion.

The school was staffed by\u00a0members of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, headquartered in\u00a0Dubuque. With as many as 50 students in one classroom, they had to be strict.

\"They\u00a0knew how to teach so you'd learn and retain,\u201d Kellenberger said. \u201cWe had spelling tests once a week, and you'd better get at least 90 percent. If you got in trouble with the nuns, you did not go home and tell your parents, because then you were in trouble with them.

\u201cYou knew many of the people throughout the school, as most students had brothers and sisters in other grades. But ... everyone knew you, too, so if you got in trouble, it didn't take long for word to reach your parents\u2019 ears.\u201d

She shuddered as she walked past the administrative office on the second floor.

\"That is not where you wanted to be,\" she said.\u00a0

The auditorium was, as Tiedge said, \"state-of-the-art for an elementary school.\" It has\u00a0theater-style seating for about 350, a\u00a0curved stage hung with a huge curtain painted with a mural, a dome in the middle of the ceiling and much\u00a0decorative molding, painted blue.

Looking out a window, Kellenberger noted that the\u00a0playground was a magnet for neighborhood kids. They shot baskets, jumped rope and played hopscotch before and after school and again after dinner \"until the street lights came on.\" That was their signal to return home, Kellenberger said.

And there were activities specific to a Catholic school, with an annual ceremony called May crowning in which a student would place a crown on a statue of the Blessed Mother and others would lay flowers at the feet, with lots of singing.

The first Friday of each month was observed as a special day with hot chocolate and sweet rolls in the gym after Mass and before school.

People attending the reunion are invited to bring\u00a0their own memories, as well as any memorabilia, such as trophies, ribbons, medals or pictures, and there will be some mementos for sale, such as wood boards with cloak room hooks. Proceeds will go to the building project.

School history

Sacred Heart has been educating students in various buildings since 1856, according to a parish history.

The present school was dedicated in 1915 and operated almost\u00a090 years until 2004 when the school\u00a0merged with Holy Family Catholic School to become All Saints Catholic School, now located at 1926 Marquette St. In 2005, St. Alphonsus School also joined.

\"We had to do it,\" Tiedge said of the merger. \"There wasn't really a choice. And it has turned out to be a fabulous move. That's almost a miracle what happens over there,\" he said, referring to All Saints.

The high-time enrollment was\u00a0495 in 1956, according to a parish history. This was a time when the baby-boom generation filled the desks, Tiedge said.

When the school closed, total enrollment was around 110, and one of Tiedge's grandchildren was in a class with only nine students, he said.

The brick building was designed by noted Quad-City architect Arthur Ebeling. Since closure, the\u00a0classrooms have been used for religious education, and the gym and auditorium have served parish functions. But its lack of handicapped accessibility reduced its usefulness.

Some people say it's too bad the building is coming down, but \"you'd have to put two different elevators in it to accommodate all the floors,\" Tiedge said. \"What are you going to do?\"

\"People say, 'In other countries, they would use these buildings,' and that's true, but the reality is that other countries don't have the handicapped accessibility issues and codes that we do.\"

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If a human being sat at the bottom of a slough all winter, that person would freeze and die.

Painted turtles sit at the bottom of sloughs all winter,\u00a0and they may freeze, too. But they don't\u00a0die. In spring, they thaw out.

What is it about a turtle's physiology that is so different that allows this seemingly miraculous thaw to happen?

That is a question Tim Muir, assistant professor of biology at Augustana College, has\u00a0been investigating for years, conducting\u00a0research on turtles hatched from eggs he collects from turtles in the\u00a0slough that runs through the Rock Island campus.

He will share what he's learned so far and answer questions\u00a0on Wednesday and Saturday, June 7 and 10,\u00a0when he\u00a0conducts\u00a0one of this\u00a0year's eight Riverine Walks sponsored by\u00a0River Action Inc., a Davenport-based environmental organization.

Muir\u00a0might also touch on the\u00a0implications that his research could have on the future of human organ donations. At present, harvested organs remain usable for only a certain length of time; if they could be frozen, then successfully thawed, they would be available for longer periods.

Other Riverine topics to be presented by local professionals include the story of Davenport pioneer leader Antoine LeClaire, archaeological sites near the mouth of the Rock River, recycling, raising butterflies and bald eagles. Participants will meet at various locations for the guided walks.

People attending Muir's talk \u2014 titled \"I'm freezing out here!\" \u2014 will begin in his lab at Augustana to see the turtle eggs that he begins harvesting in late May into\u00a0June.

The eggs turn into hatchlings and, in time, are\u00a0subjected to cold temperatures \u2014 sometimes gradually, sometimes in intense bursts, just as would happen in nature. Then their organs are harvested and researchers\u00a0measure certain compounds present in the brain, liver and blood to try to determine how the turtle survives.

After viewing the lab, participants will\u00a0walk down to the\u00a0slough to talk about the three basic winter strategies adopted by animals that live in the Quad-City region.

Some birds, for example, leave, migrating to warmer climates.

Other birds and mammals hunker down in sheltered areas, relying on their coats of fur or feathers and a steady supply of high-calorie food.

But the vast majority of creatures \u2014 all fish, reptiles and amphibians such as turtles, snakes, frogs and salamanders and nearly all insects \u2014 adapt to the cold, Muir said. Some enter a kind of\u00a0hibernation state, while many insects morph into a different life cycle, such as the egg or larval stage, living in a nook, or underground, where they\u00a0do not freeze.

Painted turtles in the slough not only can freeze and then thaw, but they can survive without breathing for months as the water\u00a0above them freezes. \"They can hold their breath for that long,\" Muir said. \"It is amazing.\"

Despite his years of research, Muir still does not know for sure how the turtles survive, although the phenomenon\u00a0may be linked to\u00a0high levels of\u00a0sugar and urea in their blood. Cold temperatures may act as a trigger for the turtle to produce more sugar and\u00a0urea.

\"The more concentrated stuff there is in a liquid, the lower its freezing point, Muir said. That is why salt is applied to roadways during times of freezing rain.

\"It's really interesting how animals survive in stressful environments,\" he said. \"How they conserve energy, how they survive temperature extremes when they aren't eating.\"

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