CALS Annual Meeting–Schedule of Events

It’s that time of year again when CALS members get together to hold an annual meeting and celebrate the work of our founding members in creating the California Lichen Society.  See the schedule of events below and feel free to come for just part or all of the festivities.

CALS Annual Meeting Schedule, January 28, 2012

Field trip to Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve:  9:30-3:00

Board meeting at Brickyard Landing (open to the general membership):  3:45-5:30

Pot-luck dinner at Brickyard Landing:  5:45-6:45

Evening presentation at Brickyard Landing:  Jim Cunningham to speak about lace lichen, Ramalina menziesii.  7:00-8:00

For driving directions to Brickyard Landing, see the end of this posting.

Field Trip to Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve

Where to meet:  Parking lot for Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, see driving directions below.

When: 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, January 28, 2012

What to bring:  This is a NO-COLLECTING filed trip so bring your hand lense, camera, and field guides.  Also bring a lunch and field gear to keep you comfortable while on the trail.

Driving directions:  From Highway 24 in Oakland, take the Fish Ranch Road exit just east of the Caldecott Tunnel. Continue .8 miles to Grizzly Peak Blvd. Turn left and go 2.4 miles on Grizzly Peak to Skyline Boulevard. Turn left and drive approximately one-half mile to the park entrance on the left, past Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve.

Website: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/huckleberry

About the Preserve: Huckleberry Preserve has a relic plant association similar to vegetation now found on the islands off the Santa Barbara coast. The rocks are of Claremont shale/chert formation that can be seen as hard, brittle bands with soil that has a low poor water holding capacity.

Lichens are found in the bay laurel/oak/chinquapin/manzanita assemblage. There are many Cladonia spp. on the soil. On a visit in May 2010, we saw the following along with numerous others.

Parmelia hygrophila

Parmotrema K+Y medulla = P. perlatum; K- = P. arnoldii

Ramalina farinacea

Hypogymnia physodes

Cladonia chlorophaea group

Cetraria orbata  = Tuckermannopsis orbata

Hypogymnia tubulosa

Cladonia squamosa Medulla UV-, K+Y, P+Y = var. squamosa

Cladonia bellidiflora

Cladonia spp.

Driving Directions to Brickyard Landing, Point Richmond, CA

From the West: On 580 go east across the Richmond Bridge, exit on Canal Blvd., turning right or south, continue on Canal across Cutting Blvd. and until the center divide disappears and you come to a stop sign . Turn right onto Seacliff Drive, continue on Seacliff as it goes over the hill to the next stop sign, where you enter Brickyard Cove Road. You will soon see the five large buildings of Brickyard Landing on your right. Turn right onto Brickyard Way at the main entrance, and then turn right again almost immediately onto Brickyard Cove Lane. After passing the tennis courts you will see the gate to the Clubhouse on your left. Park and walk in past the swimming pool and you will see the Clubhouse straight ahead.

From the East: Go west on 580 until Canal Blvd., turn left or south and continue as directed above.

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