Welcome to the CALS website!

The California Lichen Society (CALS) seeks to promote the appreciation, conservation, and study of lichens. The focus of the society is on California, but its interests include the entire western part of the continent. Anyone interested in California lichens may join the Society.

Introducing lace lichen as the California State Lichen!Lace lichen (Ramalina menziesii)

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  • Exciting news! California is the first state to have a state lichen!

    California's Governor Brown signed a bill designating lace lichen, Ramalina menziesii, as the State Lichen of California -- taking effect on January 1, 2016.

    Special thanks to Governor Brown, CALS, and everyone else involved in this lengthy process -- Great work!

    AB 1528 would designate lace lichen (Ramalina menziesii), a common and attractive lichen, as the State Lichen of California. The bill passed the State Legislature yesterday (June 29, 2015) and is now on its way to Governor Brown’s desk. Once the bill is enrolled and presented to him (likely by the e…

    Posted By California Lichen Society

    July 25

  • Please help California become the first state to adopt an official state lichen!

    If enacted, Assembly Bill 1528 will designate lace lichen (Ramalina menziesii) as the State Lichen of California. The bill hit Governor Jerry Brown’s desk on 7/2…but it won’t be there for long. He has 12 days to sign or veto the bill, or allow it to become law without his signature. Now is the time to show your support.

    Read more about this effort at http://californialichens.org/2015/cals-lobbies-for-lace-lichen-as-the-california-state-lichen/.

    Please send a letter or email in support.

    Email the governor at https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php; in the subject drop-down list scroll down to select "AB 1528\Public resources".

    Send mail to:
    Governor Jerry Brown
    c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    http://californialichens.org/2015/cals-lobbies-for-lace-lichen-as-the-california-state-lichen/. Please send a letter or email in support. Email the governor at https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php; in the subject drop-down list scroll down to select "AB 1528\Public resources". Send mail to: Governor Jerry Brown c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814">

    Posted By California Lichen Society

    July 04

  • Join CALS again this year at CAL Day at UC Berkeley! We will be at the UC Jepson Herbaria!

    Interested in volunteering -- message us!

    Welcome to Berkeley's annual Open House! Experience the distinctive UC Berkeley spirit in the company of prospective students, families and friends.

    Posted By California Lichen Society

    April 14

  • Heck yes!

    Posted By Danny Newman

    March 20

  • Have some research on lichens or bryophytes to share?

    The 2015 joint BSA and ABLS Annual Meeting in Edmonton, Alberta July 25th - 29th is open for abstract submissions.

    The deadline for abstract submissions is April 1st.

    Posted By California Lichen Society

    March 12

  • Looking to learn a bit more about lichens? The ABLS has a lichen exchange program!

    To foster knowledge in lichen identification, the American Bryological and Lichenological Society has supported an exchange program for many years open to anyone interested in lichens.

    BYU Herbarium of Nonvascular Cryptogams Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum 290 MLBM Brigham Young University Provo, Utah 84602 Tel. (801) 422-6211 Fax: (801) 422-0093 Email: larry_stclair@byu.edu

    Posted By California Lichen Society

    March 09

  • Check out our website!

    The California Lichen Society (CALS) seeks to promote the appreciation, conservation, and study of lichens. The focus of the Society is on California, but its interests include the entire western part...

    Posted By California Lichen Society

    March 05

  • Like bryophytes? Join in some fun -- SO BE FREE is March 27 - 30 in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California!

    Have questions, email Paul at paul.wilson@csun.edu.

    Posted By California Lichen Society

    March 02

  • Check out the silly lichen oratory video! Have one to share?

    Performed at Studio One in January 2014. Performers include Brenda Hillman, Evelyn Reilly, Frances Richard, Terry Taplin, Nick Cuzzi and Angie Hume

    Posted By California Lichen Society

    February 25

  • Lish Dawn added a new photo to California Lichen Society's timeline — at Edgewood County Park.

    Posted By Lish Dawn

    February 01

  • Lish Dawn added a new photo to California Lichen Society's timeline — at Edgewood County Park.

    Posted By Lish Dawn

    February 01

  • Annual meeting hike! Up close and personal with some amazing lichen and beautiful people.

    Posted By Lish Dawn

    February 01

  • Lish Dawn added a new photo to California Lichen Society's timeline — at Edgewood County Park.

    Posted By Lish Dawn

    February 01

  • Lish Dawn added a new photo to California Lichen Society's timeline — at Edgewood County Park.

    Posted By Lish Dawn

    February 01

  • California Lichen Society shared Paula Fong Illustrations's photo.

    Fall images recently added to my collection of original-only art. These Ceanothus moths have visited my house for two years, coming in late summer/early fall.

    Posted By California Lichen Society

    December 31

  • HELP SPREAD THE WORD! Opportunities for Botanical and Conservation-based Workshops with the California Native Plant Society

    CNPS 2015 Conservation Conference: Celebrating 50 Years of Progress and Promise
    January 13-17, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose
    http://www.cnps.org/2015

    Gain valuable skills and experience by attending pre-conference workshops. With 22 half-, full-, and two-day sessions covering a range of topics from plant surveying and restoration to digital resources and more, workshops are a great way to simultaneously build your resume and your professional network! You can sign up just for a workshop or a field trip, and you can receive a discount by being a CNPS member or by registering for the full conference. Botanical workshops of interest include: Intro to Rare Plant Surveys; Botanizing with Calflora; and CNDDB, RareFind 5, BIOS.

    Join over 1,000 conservation and native plant enthusiasts in San Jose! Attendees include scientists, conservationists, CNPS chapters, university professors and students, policymakers, professional and amateur botanists, landscaping professionals, and land-use planners from California and beyond.

    Posted By California Lichen Society

    December 25

  • Learn a little about lichens found in the canopy at Muir Woods National Monument.

    Lichens contribute such beautiful colors to our redwood forests, growing elegantly on trees, fallen logs, and rocks. Each lichen you see is actually a symbiotic partnership — algae or cyanobacteria wrapped up in a fungal package. Thanks to canopy biologists Rikke Reese Næsborg, Cameron Williams, Mar…

    Posted By California Lichen Society

    October 31

  • For my new lichen friends:

    You can download or view Macroscopic Solutions’ images in more detail by selecting any image and clicking the downward facing arrow in the lower-right corner of the image display screen. Three individuals of Macroscopic Solutions, LLC captured the images in this database collaboratively. Contact inf…

    Posted By Danny Newman

    October 21

  • There is still space...come explore lichens with CALS and David Arora! http://californialichens.org/2014/arorafieldtrip/

    David Arora, www.davidarora.com , has invited CALS members to his North Coast home the weekend of October 18/19 to explore, collect and ID lichens on his 40+ acre property overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Gualala, CA. He would like to end up with an inventory of the lichens on his property. The habi…

    Posted By California Lichen Society

    October 02

  • California Lichen Society created an event.

    David Arora, www.davidarora.com , has invited CALS members to his North Coast home the weekend of October 18/19 to explore, collect and ID lichens on his 40+ acre property overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Gualala, CA. He would like to end up with an inventory of the lichens on his property. The habitat is an interesting mixture of pine areas, oak, tanoak, Douglas fir along with huckleberry and other shrubs. There is also an open grassy field and areas with great rock formations. We will stay Saturday night at his very interesting home and share pot luck with David. You might be interested in this article about David’s house that appeared in SFGate: http://www.sfgate.com/homeandgarden/article/At-home-with-mushroom-collector-David-Arora-3253364.php Space for this event is limited to 12 people. For questions and to RSVP, contact Shelly at Shelly@californialichens.org

    Posted By California Lichen Society

    September 29

  • http://www.boredpanda.com/artist-uses-real-lichens-in-paintings/

    Kristina Zimbakova is an artist from Macedonia creating mixed-media paintings and drawings, wherein she applies real lichens, obtained from dry collections or harvested during personal forays. Lichens are a symbiotic association between a fungus and algae or cyanobacteria. In her artistic endeavors,…

    Posted By California Lichen Society

    September 22

  • FYI ! Thanks

    Posted By Joana Lage

    September 08

  • California Lichen Society shared Philip Van Soelen's photo.

    Nice lichens!

    Posted By California Lichen Society

    September 02

  • East Bay Science Cafe talks lichens!

    Informing and engaging the public about the diversity and depth of science at Cal & the resulting contributions to society.

    Posted By California Lichen Society

    August 26

  • This species looks familiar! It was the star of Febuary on our CALS 2014 calendar. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/06/30/one-lichen-species-is-actually-126-and-probably-more/

    One of the best ways of finding new species is to sequence the genes of existing ones. Often, scientists discover genetically distinct populations that count as species in their own right, hiding i...

    Posted By California Lichen Society

    August 17

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