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  • 09 Mar 2024 10:00 AM | Katherine Glew

    Walk through the Washington Park Arboretum and learn all about lichens and their growth!

    Saturday, March 9, 2024

    Looking for a Winter 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.


    Join Dr. Katherine Glew for two hours at the Washington Park Arboretum on Saturday, March 9, 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.


    Registration: Classes & Workshops | University of Washington Botanic Gardens (uw.edu) and https://botanicgardens.uw.edu/education/adults/classes-workshops/


    Bring a hand lens or cell phone with a magnifier to view lichen details. If you have a copy of McCune/Geiser Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest, bring it!


    Registration Fee: $45
  • 17 Feb 2024 1:00 PM | Tiffany Theden

    Winter is a great time to look at lichens because many have fallen  from trees and are easy to find on the snow. That gives us a great excuse to put on snowshoes and seek them out. We'll begin with an easy snowshoe romp in Leavenworth to collect specimens, then we'll return to Don's house for refreshments and to look at what we found. We will also have time to look at the lichens under the microscope to see reproductive features and other structures. Expect to find at least ten species and learn how to identify them.  Limit: 8.  To sign up and get full details contact Don Schaechtel at don.schaechtel@gmail.com.


    There is still time to sign up with 4 spaces available for the annual Lichen Snowshoe Romp on Saturday February 17, 2024.   Don Schaechtel is hosting this annual event in Leavenworth from 1 - 4 PM.  


  • 13 Feb 2024 7:30 PM | Katherine Glew

    Looking outside this time of year we find the occasional cold weather mushroom, but much of those fruitings have passed. We now see broken branches after our winter storms covered with many colorful lichens. Did you know that lichens are part fungi? Come to February's PSMS meeting and learn from an expert about these extremely interesting organisms. Dr. Katherine Glew, current Associate Lichen Collection Curator at the University of Washington Herbarium, will be presenting an update to lichens. The presentation will also include an introduction to lichens for those who may not be familiar with this organism. 


    Lichens are a vital yet many times overlooked part of our forest ecosystem, rangelands and rural environments. Katherine will provide us insights into their environmental, ecological, and commercial value as well as their biological make up, diversity, and beauty. An entity that goes by one name, a lichen is actually the symbiotic relationship of multiple organisms.


    The presentation will be held at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH). You may attend in person or click on the opening website below to attend the virtual meeting.

    Puget Sound Mycological Society | The Largest Mushroom Society in the Pacific Northwest (psms.org)

    Address for CUH is: 

    3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98195 

    Meeting Hall - Open to all, including non-members

    There will be a follow-up lichen walk for PSMS members on February 13, 10-noon @ the UW Botanical Gardens/Washington Arboretum.

  • 09 Feb 2024 10:00 AM | Katherine Glew

    WINTER LICHEN WALK at the BELLEVUE BOTANIC GARDENS 

    Friday, February 9, 2024

    Looking for a winter activity for those shorter days in the Seattle & Bellevue area?

    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, fences, 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 for two hours at the Bellevue Botanic Gardens on Friday, February 9 to get a head start on learning lichens from one of the Seattle areas botanic gardens. The walk around the gardens is just over 1 mile.

    Registration: https://bellevuebotanical.org/event/lichen-walk/

    Fee: $24.50 - $35


    Bring a hand lens, if you have one. If you have a copy of McCune/Geiser Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest, bring it.

  • 03 Feb 2024 10:00 AM | Katherine Glew

    Walk through the Washington Park Arboretum and learn all about lichens and their growth!

    Saturday, February 3, 2024

    Looking for a Winter 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.


    Join Dr. Katherine Glew for two hours at the Washington Park Arboretum on Saturday, February 3, 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.


    Registration: Classes & Workshops | University of Washington Botanic Gardens (uw.edu) and https://botanicgardens.uw.edu/about/events/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D169234155


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


    Registration Fee: $45


  • 24 Jan 2024 10:00 AM | Katherine Glew

    "UW WASHINGTON ARBORETUM LICHENS"

    Wednesday, January 24, 2024

     

    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.

    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 Washington Park Arboretum on Saturday, January 24, 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.


     Dates: Tuesday, January 24, 2024

    Where: Washington Park Arboretum, UW Botanic Gardens Bring a hand lens on the field trip, if you have one, since you will want to look at the lichens more closely. Some cell phones can magnify and that will help you observing lichens more closely.Book: Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest. McCune & Geiser. OSU Press.Third edition in 2024. A used copy, 2009, would be less expensive. Meet at the Visitor Center: 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112

    Map:  Wisteria Hall – Google Maps to Graham Visitor Center

  • 15 Dec 2023 1:00 PM | Rikke Reese Naesborg

    Hi all,


    This coming Friday (Dec 15) at 1pm, Eli Balderas at CalPoly San Luis Obispo will present his Master's thesis: An ecological assessment of the critically endangered lichen Sulcaria isidiifera. You are welcome to attend the presentation!

    The zoom link is: https://calpoly.zoom.us/j/81228462644

  • 28 Oct 2023 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 28 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) & 

    https://botanicgardens.uw.edu/about/events/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D169234220


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


    Cost: $45 per lichen enthusiast


  • 13 Oct 2023 10:00 AM | Katherine Glew

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    FALL LICHEN WALK at the BELLEVUE BOTANIC GARDENS 

    Friday, October 13, 2023

    Looking for a fall activity for those shorter days in the Seattle & Bellevue area?

    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, fences, 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 for two hours at the Bellevue Botanic Gardens on Friday, October 13 to get a head start on learning lichens from one of the Seattle areas botanic gardens.  

    Registration: Fall Lichen Walk - Bellevue Botanical Garden

    Fee: $24.50 - $35


    Bring a hand lens, if you have one.




  • 07 Oct 2023 10:00 AM | Katherine Glew

    Walk through the Washington Park Arboretum and learn all about lichens and their growth!

    Saturday, October 7, 2023

    Looking for a Fall 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.


    Join Dr. Katherine Glew for two hoursat the Washington Park Arboretum on Saturday, October 7, 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.

    Fee: $45


    Registration: Classes & Workshops | University of Washington Botanic Gardens (uw.edu)  & https://botanicgardens.uw.edu/about/events/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D169234154


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


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