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  • 09 May 2017 7:00 PM | Katherine Glew
    The Fascinating World of Lichens

    Talk presented by Katherine Glew.

    Katherine will discuss what lichens are, how they grow, where they are found, and the common types found in our urban and wild habitats.

  • 08 Apr 2017 4:56 PM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    Thanks to everyone who submitted photos for the Lichens and People photo contest of 2017.

    The winner is the Lichen Desperados in the Blue Mountains by Terri Knoke, who will receive our Letharia-logo hat and cloth patch. First runner-up: Children admiring saxicolous lichens by Rabah Khedim. Second runner-up:Lichen mandala by Nathanial Stewart.

    See the winning photos at the bottom of the NW Lichenologists main page.

  • 29 Mar 2017 7:26 AM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    The latest issue of Kelseya (journal of the Montana Native Plant Society, spring 2017) has a report on our activities at the Milton Ranch in eastern Montana, "Exploring Mosses and Lichens in Musselshell County" by Andrea Pipp. Andrea organized a great event for us in an ecosystem that was unfamiliar to many of us but rich in lichens.

    Eventually this issue will be freely available at the MNPS website:

    Support your Native Plant Societies! They support us.

  • 14 Feb 2017 10:27 AM | daphne stone

    Printing more Letharia shirts!


    Pre-orders due by March 3, 2017.


    If you want to be sure you get what you want, please contact Daphne Stone at and let me know size, color and style.


    The styles we will be reprinting are:

    regular T in black and blue, sizes S-XXL

    women's T (narrower ribbing and slimmer cut) sizes S-XL

    black hoodie, zip-front  sweatshirts. sizes S-XXL

    women's black zip-front hoodie S (one size smaller than men's S)


    Also, if you want something different, for instance a green shirt or a long-sleeve, I can order whatever you want. Most shirts will cost the same as our T's, and I can let you know if the price is different before we order.

    We will not be reprinting the Lycan design but still have limited stock.

  • 06 Feb 2017 1:07 PM | daphne stone

    Daphne Stone will be teaching about the genus Cladonia at Siskiyou Field Institute, 11-12 April 2017.  Join us in exploring the magical, diverse and complex genus Cladonia, sometimes known as the pixie lichens. We will discuss the vocabulary of this genus, learn how to use the Cladonia key in McCune & Geiser, and try
    to identify collections found on local field trips. We’ll then test specimens with chemical spot tests and learn how to interpret the results. Class will emphasize common species in all their diverse forms; a slow pace of learning will be encouraged. Students will have time to enhance their Cladonia studies with drawing
    and photography.

    For information on location and cost, please go to SFI website.

  • 06 Feb 2017 12:59 PM | daphne stone

    Daphne Stone will lead a Wetland Wander focusing on lichens for WREN on 8 March, 9-11 am. The walk will be at Wild Iris Ridge. For directions, go to the WREN website and look for the walk announcement listed as Jan 10 2017. Walk was postponed until March due to weather. All are welcome.

  • 06 Feb 2017 12:58 PM | daphne stone

    Daphne Stone will lead her annual lichen walk at Mount Pisgah near Eugene, on 18 February, 10-noon, rain or shine. Free to members, small fee or donation from non-members.

  • 20 Jan 2017 12:07 PM | scot loring

    Hello Northwest Lichenologists and enthusiasts,

    It is that time of year again – the call for contributions to the 2017 Northwest Lichenologists Newsletter!


    We would like to see contributions from the following areas:


    Recent publications and web sites

    Results from forays and field trips

    Upcoming workshops/courses offered

    New and interesting lichen species

    Project descriptions and results – current and proposed

    Short communications, articles

    Short biographies

    Lichen jobs being advertised for the upcoming year

    We encourage interesting photos or links to web sites. If you would like to submit a short paper, keep in mind that it must already be edited for spelling and punctuation. As editors, we work on the formatting of submissions for the newsletter. We cannot accept papers that need grammatical revising.


    Besides the above suggestions, we will consider anything relating to northwest lichenology that you can think of – including artwork, poetry, photography, etc.

    Please send your submissions to Scot Loring <

    Submissions will generally be placed in their applicable section of the newsletter in the order received.  Please pass this e-mail on if you know of someone who is interested but does not receive postings on NWL servers. We would like to receive any submissions by March 1, 2017.  Any entries received after that date will likely be placed in the 2018 newsletter.  Apologies for any multiple copies of this email, as we use multiple mailing lists.


    Scot Loring



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  • 17 Jan 2017 11:44 AM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    Photo Contest: Do you have a great photo showing a person or people admiring, using, sampling, studying, or otherwise interacting with lichens? Enter the 2017 NWL "Lichens and People Photo Contest". To enter, submit your photo and a caption to the NWL website. Post your photo on the Photo Gallery page:


    Your caption should begin, "Lichens and People:... " (so that we know it is a contest entry)


    Note that you must be signed up as a NWL participant in order to post a photo to the gallery.


    The contest runs from January 15 through March 15.  Photo resolution should be sufficient for full-screen viewing (about 10 x 14 inches at 150 dpi -- note that this is much lower resolution than most cameras these days).  Please include the photographer/organization to be credited. By submission you agree to give permission for your photo to be used for educational and nonprofit purposes beyond this contest. Winner(s) will be announced on March 15 and will receive an official NWL hat and patch.


    Maximum of two submissions per participant.

  • 01 Jan 2017 12:00 PM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    Announcing Eagle Hill Institute seminars on lichenology in 2017
    On the coast of Eastern Maine, just east of Acadia National Park

    May 21-27 ... Crustose Lichens of the Acadian Forest ... Stephen Clayden

    Jun 4-10 ... Undergraduate Field Studies: Introduction to Bryophytes and Lichens ... Fred Olday
    Jul 2-8 ... Lichens and Lichen Ecology ... David Richardson and Mark Seaward

    Jul 23-19 ... Lichens, Biofilms, and Stone ... Judy Jacob and Michaela Schmull

    Aug 6-12 ... Independent Studies: Interesting and Challenging Saxicolous Lichens of North America ... Alan Fryday

    The following general flyer has links to individual lichen seminar flyers ...

    For general information …

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