Citizen Science at Whiskeytown, May 14, 2016

Whiskeytown lichen blitz! Sounds like an exotic frozen cocktail, but it really means it’s time for a Citizen Science effort at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Join Tom Carlberg and Eric Peterson of the California Lichen Society for a blitz up Brandy Creek. A quick preliminary visit to this creekside trail in a Ponderosa pine/manzanita forest came up with 27 different kinds of lichens, and there are certainly many more to find . Meet at the Lower Brandy Creek Trailhead at 10:00 am, and bring hiking boots, snacks, water and a good camera! You will get a lot more out of this hike if you bring some kind of magnifier, as most of what we will be looking at is small, small, small!

There’s more info in the brochure at https://www.nps.gov/whis/learn/education/index.htm, or plug the following coordinates into Google Earth to locate one of the convenient parking areas near the trailhead:     40.613919 -122.573362

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