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Lecture on Fog Lichens, March 21, 2017

When:  March 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM Where:  Milo Baker Chapter meeting of the California Native Plant Society held at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa, Ca. This lecture is free and open to … Continue reading

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Three Lichen Walks in Santa Clara County

Join Cait Hutnik, naturalist and docent at Santa Clara County Parks, for a series of three lichen walks:  Lichen–A Closer Look,  January-March 2017.  Heavy rain cancels the event.  For more information call  (408) 918-7770. Saturday, 28 January, 9AM – Noon, … Continue reading

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Mid-October Lichen Lecture and Walk

Two upcoming events in the San Francisco Bay Area: Lichen lecture at the Wild Napa monthly lecture series.  Shelly Benson, CALS president, will give an introductory lichen talk. This is a free event. When:  Wednesday Oct 12th 7:00 PM Where: … Continue reading

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Lichens of the Mayacamas

Join Shelly Benson, president of the California Lichen Society, for a lichen hike at the Modini Mayacamas Preserve on April 30,2016. Shelly will explain what lichens are and point out examples of different lichen growth forms and structures.  We’ll hike … Continue reading

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Workshop: Introduction to Lichen Identification

Interested in identifying lichens?  Take the plunge with this introductory class.  Shelly Benson, CALS president, will go over the structures and techniques for identifying lichens.  You’ll get hands-on experience working through a key.  For more information and to register, visit … Continue reading

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Workshop: Year of the Lichen–introduction to lichenology

Shelly Benson, CALS president, will lead this introduction into the lichen world:  what lichens are, how they reproduce, growth forms, and ecology.  For more information and to register, visit the class listings at the Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic … Continue reading

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Lace lichen photography walk

Date: January 2, 2016, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Location: Viet Nam Veteran’s Trail at Annadel State Park. Access via Parktrial Drive off of Summerfield Road, Santa Rasa. Note: park along the street before Parktrial Dr. curves to the right … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Lichen Love in San Francisco!

Leader: Shelly Benson Date: Saturday, 13 February 2016, 10 am to 1 pm Location: Pershing Square, Presidio of San Francisco Fee: free This is a joint field trip with the Yerba Buena Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. This … Continue reading

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Lichen Discovery Walks in Santa Clara Co Parks

CALS member Cait Hutnik is a docent with the Santa Clara County Parks. She will be leading three different lichen walks this winter and early spring.  For more information about the walks, call (408) 918-7770. Date: Saturday, 9 January 2016, 9AM … Continue reading

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Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio)

Digitizing Event on October 22-25, 2015 a message from Tom Nash (Professor Emeritus ASU, Senior Scientist WIS, and member CALS) The Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria lichen portal is a database of lichen collection records from over 80 institutions … Continue reading

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Workshop: A micro-morphological view inside lichens using microscopy

CALS and the San Francisco Microscopical Society will be holding a joint workshop looking at the hidden world of symbiosis that exists inside of lichens.  Microscopes and some samples will be provided but please bring your own lichen samples if … Continue reading

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Volunteer for CALS at the CALDAY event on April 18, 2015

CALS will have a lichen exhibit at UC Berkeley’s open campus day event known as CALDAY, held April 18, 2015 from 10am to 4pm.  We’re looking for volunteers to staff our exhibit and answer questions about lichens. CALDAY draws many … Continue reading

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CALS Annual Meeting, January 31, 2015

Join other CALS member and enjoy a day filled with lichens! The 2015 annual meeting will be held on Saturday January 31, 2015, and includes a lichen walk followed by an informal meeting of the membership, a pot-luck dinner, and … Continue reading

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Summer Lichen Workshop

Tilden Regional Park Botanic Garden is offering a lichen workshop on July 26, 2014. The Amazing World of Lichens Do you like lichens? Do you want to know what they are, where they grow, how they reproduce, and why they … Continue reading

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Lichen Lecture and Walk, November 11th and 13th, Sponsored by the California Native Plant Society

Shelly Benson will be this month’s guest speaker at the Marin Chapter, California Native Plant Society (CNPS) meeting. The title of her talk is:  Lichens–indicators of air quality and climate The talk begins at 8:00 PM, November 11th, at The … Continue reading

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New field trip blog post: Cascade Canyon walk

Check out the new field trip blog post for a list of lichen species seen on the Cascade Canyon lichen walk

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Cascade Canyon lichen walk, July 31, 2013

We had a great day for our lichen walk in Cascade Canyon today.  Below is a species list of the common lichens we saw along the trail.  Thanks everyone for making it a fun walk! Caloplaca sp, the bright orange … Continue reading

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Lichen Workshops, Fall 2013

This fall, there will be several opportunities for you to learn more about lichens, those obscure yet ubiquitous organisms that you’ve always wondered about.  Lichenologist Shelly Benson will offer several introductory lichen workshops in the greater San Francisco Bay Area … Continue reading

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Lichens of Mountain Lake, Presidio, San Francisco

On July, 20th, Shelly Benson will lead an informal talk about the lichens of Mountain Lake in the Presidio of San Francisco.  This event is part of Science Saturdays, a new discussion series hosted by the Presidio Trust.  The series … Continue reading

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Marin County Parks sponsors two lichen events in July

1.  Evening Lecture Shelly Benson, CALS president, will give an introductory talk on lichens.  Shelly will explain the fascinating fungal-algal relationship known as the lichen. She will also talk about the ecological importance of lichens and how humans have used … Continue reading

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Hit Me With Your Best Shot!

CALS is putting out the call to all members and friends for your best lichen photos that we will arrange into a 2014 calendar!  Please submit small format photographs to Christine Walker at Christine@californialichens.org by July 1, 2013.  When all … Continue reading

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Knowland Park Lichen Walk

Lichen Walk in Knowland Park for Beginners through Experienced Participants Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 from 10 am to 2 pm To attend RSVP Christine Walker at christine@californialichens.org Note: space is limited to 10 people Join Shelly Benson of the California … Continue reading

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Annual Meeting and Festivities

Mark your calendars for January 26, 2013, the annual celebration of the founding of CALS.  The day will include a lichen walk at Olompali State Historic Park, the annual board meeting, a pot-luck dinner, and guest speakers.  Event details are … Continue reading

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Using Lichens to Dye Fiber

Sarah Minnick and Shelly Benson will be teaching a lichen dying class at the Sonoma County Mycological Association’s annual mushroom festival, SOMA Camp.  The festival runs January 19-21, 2013.  The course description for the lichen dying class is included below … Continue reading

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Volunteers needed!

CALS will be having a lichen display table at the Bay Area Environmental Education Resource (BAEER) Fair on January 19th, 2013. This will be the first time CALS will be reaching out mainly to children of all ages, teachers, and … Continue reading

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