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  • 21 Mar 2018 9:00 AM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    The 2018 Washington Botanical Symposium will take place on March 21 at UW in Seattle. This is the week before the 2018 NWSA/NWL meeting in Olympia. For more information on the WBS see

  • 18 Mar 2018 12:50 PM | Andrea Pipp (Administrator)

    NWL presents 1 foray and 2 field trip options at the Northwest Scientific Association Annual Meeting.  2018_Foray-FieldTrip_NWL-NWSA.pdf

  • 02 Mar 2018 9:22 AM | daphne stone


    I will be printing NW Lichenologists shirts with the Letharia design very soon. If you already know what you would like, please pre-order now to be sure you get it.

    The shirts I will order are:

    mens black T - cotton

    mens blue T - cotton

    ladies black T - cotton

    ladies blue "burnout" T (I am not sure of neckline shape) - cotton/polyester

    mens zip hoodies - cotton

    ladies zip hoodies - cotton/polyester


    If  you would like something different, contact me immediately and we will figure it out. I can get a variety of colors in mens, less variety in womens, and several colors of zip hoodies. In the past we have also printed on shell jackets. Please email me with details including color, size, (mens or womens) and fabric content.


    All pre-orders must be in to me by 2 March 2018.


    Daphne Stone

  • 10 Feb 2018 1:00 PM | Jeanne Ponzetti

    Join the Washington Native Plant Society South Sound Chapter for a native plant, lichen, and bryophyte walk with Jeanne Ponzetti and Cyndy Dillon. 

    Februrary 10, 2018 from 1 to 3 pm. 

    Directions: From I-5 South take exit 99. Turn left onto WA-121/93rd Ave. S. and go 1.5 miles. Turn right onto WA-121S (Tilley Rd. SE), heading south. After 2.6 miles, turn right into a gravel parking lot adjacent to an old orchard. This lot is about 0.3 miles north of the main park entrance; parking is limited so please carpool if you can.

  • 10 Feb 2018 11:00 AM | Katherine Glew

    The Rockport Interpretive Center, along Hwy 20, will host a presentation on lichens by Dr. Katherine Glew, Associate Curator from the University of Washington Herbarium, Burke Museum of Natural History.

    Dr. Glew will introduce lichens through photos and live material. The importance of lichens in the forest and all environments will be discussed. We will walk through the forest to view lichens​ on rocks and hanging from trees.

    Fun lichen facts will be shared, such as using them for creating the dyes in Scottish kilts and the making of lichen schnapps in Iceland. Did you know that lichens can be used as indicators of air pollution? They also have medicinal properties that have been use over centuries. Join me in discovering these fascinating fungi that form partnerships with green algae and cyanobacteria.

    Bring water and a snack. Dress for rain - frequently occurring in Rockport at that time of the year.  ;-)

  • 10 Feb 2018 10:00 AM | daphne stone

    Daphne Stone leads a walk through the forest and savannah at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, explaining what lichens are, what part they play in our lives and how they fit into the forest ecosystem. Rain or shine, bring hand lenses and raingear.

  • 08 Feb 2018 8:41 PM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    Scot Loring and I put together a map and table of locations for past certifications, fall field events and blitzes. Fun to see where we have been! See News | Certification and Fall Field Trip Locations.

  • 06 Sep 2017 9:21 AM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    Registration is now available for the 2017 certification in macrolichens west of the Cascade crest.  This year it will be in western Washington. This is always a fun event -- sign up for either the training side or the certification itself. See Events for more information.

  • 10 Aug 2017 7:30 PM | Katherine Glew

    Discovering Lichens

    Lichens are a vital yet overlooked part of the ecology in our local environment.  Dr. Katherine Glew is the Associate Curator of lichens at the University of Washington Herbarium, Burke Museum. She will discuss lichens; explain what they are, how they grow, and provide a list of the common types found in our forests.  She will also address common urban lichens and what their presence/absence can tell us about plants and air quality.

    Chico Alliance Church, 3670 Chico Way NW Bremerton, WA.

  • 11 Jun 2017 10:00 AM | Katherine Glew



    Dr. Katherine Glew will lead a lichen tour in the Cedar River Watershed, east of Seattle to introduce you to the fascinating lichens of the forest. If you have wondered about what a lichen is and why they are in the forest, this will be a great opportunity to view the lichen diversity in the watershed and learn the names of our most common species. There will be a short classroom session, followed by visits in the watershed, identifying and studying specimens collected from various forest habitats.


    Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017

    Time: 10am to 3pm

    Bring: a hand lens and a few paper bags for collecting.

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