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Badger Mountain Lichen Biodiversity

  • 06 Sep 2018
  • 5:00 PM
  • 09 Sep 2018
  • 9:00 AM
  • Richland, Washington
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  • Participate in blitz and will share group lodging. Base price is initial deposit, which may be partially subsidized for participants who contribute substantially to the group project. [Note, cost is $40 but because of software limitations price shows as $35 then PayPal adds $5 "shipping" though nothing is shipped.]
  • Participate in biodiversity survey but no lodging or meals are provided.

Registration is closed

Document the lichens of Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve in Richland, Washington.

The goals are to inventory the lichen biodiversity of Badger Mountain, produce labelled voucher specimens, and to prepare a summary report on the lichens of the area and how they vary with habitat and substrate.

We will use laboratory facilities Columbia Basin College (CBC) in Pasco. In the lab, both stereo and compound microscopes are available. The laboratory is the same one used when the Northwest Lichenologists convened at CBC 3 years ago.

Badger Mountain is one of a series of basalt ridges in south central Washington’s shrub-steppe habitat. Elevation ranges from about 750’ at the base to 1580’ at the top. The north-facing slope rises to this elevation within ½ mile, whereas the south-facing slope has a lower gradient  and rises to this elevation over a distance of over a mile. Access to the ridge is by trails constructed for public use from two parking lots/trailheads. Most of the probable field sites would be within 1 mile of the trailhead. We have permission from Benton County to go off trail and to collect specimens.

Badger Mountain has varied habitats, aspect, soil types and life history within a relatively small area. We’re curious about the differences in lichen communities between north and south aspects, between communities of mature sagebrush on basalt and winterfat on sedimentary interbeds, and/or between burned and unburned areas within a soil type and aspect. 

Lodging for out of town participants will be a nearby AirBnB house that sleeps 12.  Location details and directions will be provided in follow-up emails as the event date approaches.

The local organizers have obtained funds to help defray the travel and shared-house costs of participants who contribute substantially to the goals of the project. We offer two options for registration:


Plan A. Shared housing (3 nights) and dinners. $40 nonrefundable registration, but this may be partially reimbursed, depending on availability of funds. Supply you own breakfast and lunch makings. Limit: 12 participants.

Plan B. On your own for housing and food; registration required but no payment needed.

Both options include shared lab space for working on collections. We will carpool for travel between lab, field sites, and housing. Note that you need to be signed up as a NW Lichenologist participant in order to register.

If you have questions, please contact the secretary.

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