CALS 2016 Annual Meeting: January 28-31 in Santa Barbara!

We have cause to celebrate at the upcoming annual meeting—lace lichen (Ramalina menziesii) becomes the official CA state lichen on January 1, 2016! Come help us celebrate this victory and enjoy a weekend of events with other lichen enthusiasts. The meeting will be held on January 30th at Sedgwick Reserve in Santa Barbara County—this will include a field trip, art show, pot-luck dinner, and evening speaker. We’ve planned some extra events before and after the annual meeting, so come out and lichenize with us!

Schedule of Events

Please RSVP (where required) under each event.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28TH: Introduction to Lichen Identification Workshop

Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Meeting Place: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (SBBG)

Fee: $30 CALS members and SBBG members, $45 non-members. Register through SBBG

Description: Shelly Benson, CALS president, will lead this introductory workshop. Get a refresher on those lichen terms and structures so you’ll be up-to-speed for the lichen events planned for the rest of the weekend. For a full class description and to register, visit the SBBG website.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29TH: Field trip to Scorpion Ranch Prisoner’s Harbor on Santa Cruz Island
(Note: Location and time change due to limited availability of tickets for Scorpion.)

Time: 8:15 8:45 AM to 4:30 PM
Meeting Place: Island Packers at Ventura Oxnard Harbor

Fee: $59 adults, $54 seniors. Reserve your boat transportation through Island Packers

Description: Spend the day exploring the lichens of Santa Cruz Island. The area is reported to have nice displays of Niebla species. Local lichenologist Kerry Knudsen has made a species list of the area that we’ll post on the CALS website later next month. Bring all the essentials for a full day at the coast, and don’t forget your hand lens! Schedule your trip for East Santa Cruz (Scorpion) Mid Santa Cruz (Prisoners) through Island Packers and we’ll see you on the boat.

Additionally, please RSVP to secretary  [at] so we have a general idea of our group size. NOTE: In the event that weather cancels the boat crossing, we’ll have an alternate field trip to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden; meet at the garden entrance at 10AM.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30TH: The Big Day at Sedgwick Reserve—field trip, art show, dinner, and speaker

Sedgwick Reserve, located in the Santa Ynez Valley, is part of the UC Natural Reserve System. Public access to the reserve is limited, so CALS members will have a unique opportunity to explore this beautiful property. The reserve hosts a rich lichen flora that thrives in a diversity of habitats including coastal sage scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands, gray pine forest, and riparian areas. Be sure to check out the field guide to Lichens of Sedgwick Reserve and Santa Barbara County by Shirley Tucker. Also, a lichen checklist for the reserve is available in the Bulletin of the California Lichen Society: 2012, volume 19(2): 94-97.

This is a free event; however, RSVP to secretary  [at] is required by January 23th if you plan to attend (you only get the secret password to get in the gate once you RSVP). Primitive accommodations (tent cabins) are available the night of the 30th ($5). Tent cabin space is limited, so indicate when you RSVP if you’d like to rough it at the reserve after the big day.

Field Trip
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Meeting Place: steps of the Tipton Meeting House

Description: We’ll have introductions from 10-10:30, then head out to explore the lichens of Sedgwick. Bring a lunch, hand lens, and your lichen book. We have permission to collect specimens and we’ll have some resources for working on lichen identification back at the Tipton Meeting House.

Lichen Identification, Open Board Meeting, Art Show, Pot-Luck Dinner, and Awards
Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Meeting Place: Tipton Meeting House

Description: We’ll gather at the Tipton Meeting House after the field trip. The following activities will be taking place:

  1. 4:00 to 5:30 – Socializing and identifying lichens collected on the walk.
  2. 4:30 to 5:15 – The CALS Board of Directors will be available to the general membership for an open meeting. If you are a CALS member, and you have questions or suggestions that you would like the board to hear, this is your chance to meet with them face-to-face.
  3. An art show will be on display highlighting artists who include lichens in their work. The artwork will be for sale, so bring your checkbook!
  4. 5:30 to 6:30 – Pot-luck dinner.
  5. 6:30 to 7:00 – Awards presentation. There are several CALS members who have made significant contributions to the Society, and the Board of Directors would like to recognize their acheivements.

Evening Speaker
Kerry Knudsen: Lichen Diversity in the Southern California Mountains
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Meeting Place: Tipton Meeting House

Description: Kerry Knudsen is currently preparing an annotated checklist of the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains. The list will include 403 lichens, two of which are new species. Kerry will discuss the results from this project and present a slide show which will display new photographs of species, many of which have never photographed before.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31ST: Tour of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Herbarium

Time: 10:00 AM
Meeting Place: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Garden entrance fee: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6-8 kids

Description: Local lichenologist Shirley Tucker will give us a tour of the garden’s herbarium. Please RSVP to secretary  [at]

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