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  • 12 Nov 2022 10:00 AM | Katherine Glew

    FALL LICHEN WALK at the BELLEVUE BOTANIC GARDENS 

    Saturday, November 12, 2022

    Looking for an Autumn activity for those shorter days in Seattle?

    Why not consider lichens as an alternative? They grow on trees, shrubs and rocks in botanic gardens and can tell us about air quality and the make-up of plants and geology.  Botanic gardens can take on new meaning as a *fun* place to observe a symbiotic organism made up of a fungus and algae.  You will also learn about common lichens found in an urban environment and take home a user-friendly chart that lists lichens found in your neighborhood.


    Always wondered about what lichens are and why they are found on your trees, Rhododendrons and Azaleas? Lichens are harmless to your plants and add aesthetic value to trees and shrubs. We can actually use them as indicators of air pollution!  Join Dr. Katherine Glew at the Bellevue Botanic Gardens on Saturday, November 12 to get a head start on learning lichens from one of the Seattle areas botanic gardens.  

    Registration: Fall Lichen Walk - Bellevue Botanical Garden

    Fee: $35


  • 29 Oct 2022 10:00 AM | Katherine Glew

    Cemetery Lichens - Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Seattle


    ​Why not consider lichens as an alternative for Hallowe'en?  Lichens are friendly and interesting organisms that love to grow on headstones and old trees. They are harmless to your plants and add aesthetic value to trees and shrubs.  We can actually use them as indicators of air pollution!

    Katherine Glew is offering a 2 hour lichen experience at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Seattle, on Saturday, October 29 from 10:00am to noon. This offering will occur - rain, shine, wind, snow.........

    To sign up for the course and read a description, go to the following link:

    Classes & Workshops | University of Washington Botanic Gardens (uw.edu)

    Bring a hand lens or cell phone with a magnifier to view lichen details.


    Cost: $45 per lichen enthusiast


  • 15 Oct 2022 1:24 PM | Katherine Glew

    Lichens in Puget Sound

    Always wondered about what lichens are and why they are found on your trees and Rhododendrons?  Lichens are harmless to your plants and add aesthetic value to trees and shrubs. We can actually use them as indicators of air pollution! Lichens are friendly and interesting organisms that love to grow on trees, shrubs, picnic tables, benches, and rocks.  


    Lichens are major components of most terrestrial ecosystems, and a few can be found in aquatic environments.  They are symbiotic organisms made up of a fungus and a photobiont (green algae and/or blue green bacteria). They indicate levels of air quality and forest health, contributing to nitrogen and carbon fixation. 


    This course will provide an opportunity to learn the most frequently found
    lichens in our urban Puget Sound area and major taxonomic groups.  In addition, an overview of how they have been used by people, both economically and for monitoring pollution, will be offered. You will learn about common lichens found in an urban environment and take home a user-friendly chart that lists lichens found in your neighborhood.

    The class meets on Saturday, October 15th & 22nd at the UW Seattle Campus. 
    There will be one field trip on Tuesday, October 18 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM) at the Washington Park Arboretum.


    Registration:  Lichens (campusce.net)

    Fee: $40




  • 30 Apr 2022 9:00 AM | Katherine Glew

    Cowiche Canyon Trail is a 5-6 mile out and back walk located near Tieton, Washington. The trail follows the Cowiche Creek with spectacular views of basalt cliffs. This area is a fabulous example of shrub-steppe landscape, made up of grasslands, sagebrush, flowering plains, and oak woodlands

    Our objective will be to admire and identify some of the many species of lichens, foliose (leafy, including umbilicate) and crustose (crusty, almost 2-dimensional) forms, particularly those growing on basalt (mafic volcanic rock). In addition, we will discuss the ecological importance of lichens in eastern Washington and how they can be used as detectors of air quality. 

    This event is sponsored by the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) Study Weekend.  We will meet in Ellensburg, carpooling to the site.

    The class has been filled.

    WNPS Study Weekend


    Trip leaders: Richard Droker and Katherine Glew

  • 20 Apr 2022 3:47 PM | amanda hardman

    Looking for folks interested in doing lichen field surveys with compensation in wilderness areas of Oregon and Washington this summer. Please contact me at myfirstname.mylastname(at)usda.gov to discuss this opportunity. 

  • 16 Apr 2022 10:00 AM | Katherine Glew

    Cemetery Lichens - Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Seattle


    Looking for a Spring activity in Seattle?

    Why not consider lichens as an alternative? They grow on headstones and trees in cemeteries and can tell us about air quality and the make-up of gravestones.  Cemeteries can take on new meaning as a *fun* place to observe a symbiotic organism made up of a fungus and algae.  You will also learn about common lichens found in an urban environment and take home a user-friendly chart that lists lichens found in your neighborhood.

    Join Dr. Katherine Glew on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Queen Anne Hill to get a head start on learning lichens from your local cemetery.  You can enjoy the spring season by looking for lichens rather than staying inside and missing out on the excitement of being outside. This is a Puget Sound Mycological Society event (PSMS). Street parking is available outside of the cemetery. Do not park in the cemetery.

    The class is filled....

    Bring a hand lens or cell phone with a magnifier to view lichen details.

    Book: Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest, McCune & Geiser



  • 05 Mar 2022 10:00 AM | Katherine Glew

    Take a stroll in the Washington Park Arboretum and learn all about lichens and their growth!


    Looking for a Winter activity for those short days in Seattle? Why not consider lichens as an alternative? They grow on trees, shrubs and rocks in botanic gardens and can tell us about air quality and the make-up of plants and geology. Botanic gardens can take on new meaning as a *fun* place to observe a symbiotic organism made up of a fungus and algae. You will also learn about common lichens found in an urban environment and take home a user-friendly chart that lists lichens found in your neighborhood.

    Join Dr. Katherine Glew at the Washington Park Arboretum on Saturday, March 5, to get a head start on learning lichens from one of Seattle’s botanic gardens. You can enjoy the late winter/early spring season by looking for lichens, rather than staying inside and missing out on the excitement of being outside.

    Bring a hand lens or cell phone with a magnifier to view lichen details.


    Price: $30 for each lichen enthusiast.

    Registration:

    Classes & Workshops | University of Washington Botanic Gardens (uw.edu)



  • 05 Feb 2022 10:00 AM | Katherine Glew

    Cemetery Lichens - Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Seattle


    Looking for a Winter activity for those short days in Seattle?

    Why not consider lichens as an alternative? They grow on headstones and trees in cemeteries and can tell us about air quality and the make-up of gravestones.  Cemeteries can take on new meaning as a *fun* place to observe a symbiotic organism made up of a fungus and algae.  You will also learn about common lichens found in an urban environment and take home a user-friendly chart that lists lichens found in your neighborhood.

    Join Dr. Katherine Glew and the UW Botanic Garden on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Queen Anne Hill to get a head start on learning lichens from your local cemetery.  You can enjoy the winter season by looking for lichens rather than staying inside and missing out on the excitement of being outside.

    To sign up for the course and read a description, go to the following link:

    Cemetery Lichens Tour (in-person), Saturday, February 5, 2022, 10am - 12pm - Events | University of Washington Botanic Gardens (uw.edu)

    Bring a hand lens or cell phone with a magnifier to view lichen details.


    Cost: $30 per lichen enthusiast



  • 25 Jan 2022 11:14 AM | scot loring

    Hello Northwest Lichenologists and enthusiasts,


    It is that time of year again – the call for contributions to the 2022 Northwest Lichenologists Newsletter!


    We would like to see contributions from the following areas:

    Personals

    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


    In addition, we would like to hear how the pandemic has affected your work with lichens, and any other aspects of your interactions with lichens and other lichenologists. Just a few sentences would be a great contribution.


    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 are interested in anything relating to northwest lichenology that you can think of – including artwork, poetry, photography, etc.

    Please send your submissions to Scot Loring (gniroltocs[at]hotmail.com).


    Submissions will generally be placed in their applicable section of the newsletter in the order received, unless they are very lengthy. 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 10, 2022. Any entries received after that date will likely be placed in the 2023 newsletter. Apologies for any multiple copies of this email, as we use multiple mailing lists.


    Best regards,

    Scot Loring

    Editor


  • 25 Jan 2022 10:33 AM | daphne stone

    I will be leading my annual lichen walk at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum on 12 February 2022. Apparently the walk, with limited attendance, is already filled.

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