Northwest Lichenologists


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Upcoming events

    • 06 Sep 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 08 Sep 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Lewis & Clark State Park, Washington

    This is our every-other-year certification, open to anyone.

    Registration will open in early summer.

    For more general information on the certification program and format, please see the Certification pages on the NWL website.

    The exam is offered every two years, and the location is changed each year, so this will be a great opportunity to be certified in Washington. After this year, the next exam will be held in 2019, and will probably be in Oregon.

    THIS YEAR: You can choose to attend the certification as a training, instead of an exam with certification. You will still collect lichens on the plot but after collection, you will work through your identifications with help from the examiners, both lichenologists. This gives you a chance to learn how to work on difficult genera. Relevant literature will be shared with these trainees.

    HOUSING: Bunkhouse or camping (see below).

    COST:  Cost will be about $100 (to be paid on this website) plus lodging ($25/night, to be paid at the event). Note; cost and registration are the same whether you are doing the training or the certification.

    WHY DO IT? Lichen Certification is a valuable addition to your resume, agency botanists and private contracting companies view it as a plus when considering who gets federal contracts and internal jobs.

    LODGING details:  Lewis and Clark State Park near Chehalis, Washington. Facilities include bunkhouses, a large kitchen, and on-site camping. Attendees must bring and prepare their own meals.

    BEDDING: Bring your own. If you prefer to camp there are campsites nearby, but these cost about as much as a bunkhouse spot.

    Also bring:

    • books and references
    • extension cord
    • dissecting scope
    • lamp for your scope
    • tools and chemicals (DS will have a set of chemicals but if you have our own, bring them)
    • collection equipment
    • paper for clean packets (can be recycled 1 side)
    • snacks and drinks for the identification day!

    • 13 Jan 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Corvallis, Oregon
    Annual meeting of NWL Board of Directors, officers, and other interested people. 10 a.m. to about 2 p.m., second Saturday in January in Corvallis (1840 NE Seavy Ave.). Visitors are welcome. Contact the secretary for details.
    • 27 Mar 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 30 Mar 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Olympia, Washington
    Annual general meeting (2018, Olympia, Washington at Evergreen State College). We are meeting with the Northwest Scientific Association (NWSA). Registration is through NWSA. The meeting has talks, a workshop, and one or more field trips. See photos from past meetings.

    Field Trip: TBA. The Olympia area has diverse, excellent lichen habitats nearby and a mild climate, compared to much of the Pacific Northwest at this date.

    Share your research on lichens, mosses, and fungi with an oral or poster presentation!  Abstracts for poster and oral presentations are due next winter, time TBA. Please share what you have been up to, or just come to absorb.

    General Schedule

    March 27:         Evening Social

    March 28-29:    Plenary Sessions

                           Concurrent Technical and Poster Sessions,  Workshops, & Banquet

    March 30:         Field Trip

    Future years: We are eager to have YOU help to organize the meeting. The meeting is arranged on a year-by-year basis, depending on the location of the NWSA meeting. This usually happens in mid to late March. The annual meeting typically has four components: talks that present ongoing or completed research (we try to keep this as casual and informal as possible); a workshop on a particular topic, genus, or area; field trips to some local spots of interest; and evening socializing, usually at a local restaurant.
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