Northwest Lichenologists

2023 California Lichen Society annual meeting and foray

28 Jan 2023 10:00 AM | Adrienne Kovasi

The California Lichen Society is planning to hold our annual meeting at the Pt. Reyes UC Field Station near Olema. We will take a field trip to notable lichen locations at Pt. Reyes during the day, followed by an evening social, potluck dinner, meeting, and guest lecture at the field station.

We are very excited to welcome two of California's rising stars in lichenology, Danielle Ward and Michael Mulroy, as our guest speakers during the evening session. Danielle will talk about her study of the lichen flora of Brunei, Borneo, and Michael will talk about his research on serpentine lichens in California.

I look forward to welcoming you all to the Pt. Reyes. It should be a great opportunity to make new friends and catch up with old friends. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a novice or a seasoned lichenologist.

Locations and schedule details for both the field trip and the evening session will be sent to registrants before the event.

Camping and limited dorm beds are available at the Pt. Reyes field station for both Friday and Saturday nights. You are welcome to spend the night or attend for the day only, as you prefer. Hotels are also available reasonably close to the site. Some of our members may gather for additional lichenizing on Friday and / or Sunday--stay tuned for details.

Please be sure to register for camping or a dorm bed as an add-on to your ticket if you want to spend the night on-site.

I f you are staying for the evening session on Saturday, please bring a contribution for the potluck dinner, per the CALS tradition! We will send out a sign-up for the potluck shortly before the meeting.

We request a $10-30 donation (in addition to any lodging fees) to help cover the costs of the meeting, but no one will be turned away. Any proceeds beyond the meeting costs will go to support our grants program, which primarily funds student research on lichens. We expect that the cost to CALS of holding the meeting will be about $20 per person.

F or the first time, we will offer a limited number of $50 stipends to students who need help covering travel costs to attend the meeting. Please apply here if you would like to request a stipend. We will let you know if we can give you a stipend before the meeting.

To make our meeting welcoming to all participants, including immunocompromised people and others with health concerns, we ask all participants to wear a face mask during all indoor sessions.

You can stay updated on lichen-related events in California by following the CALS facebook page and joining the CA lichens google group (to join, send an email to

And check out our CALS store with t-shirts, hats and more!

Feel free to contact me with any questions about the meeting.

Symbiotically yours,

Jesse Miller, CALS President

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