Western Reserve Land Conservancy – Cemetery Lichens Trip – June 9, 1-3 pm

Shield Lichens on Oak, Fowlers Mill Cemetery

Lichens cover 6-8 percent of the land surface of the Earth, but are unrecognized and ignored by most people. If you would like to know more about these tough, fascinating, and often beautiful life forms, join me and Western Reserve Land Conservancy staff on Sunday, June 9, from 1-3 pm, at Fowlers Mill Cemetery, near Chardon, for an introduction to lichens, many of which grow on the trees, gravestones and other man-made burial structures found at older cemeteries. 

Crustose, Foliose, and Fruticose Lichens on Maple tree bark, Fowlers Mill Cemetery

During our two-hour stroll around the cemetery, you will learn how to recognize lichens, where to find them, and some basic tips for identifying lichens and photographing them with your iPhone or Android smartphone. Participants will also receive a free copy of the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s 79-page color booklet, Common Lichens of Ohio Field Guide, which is a great introduction to the world of lichens. 

Pixie Cups, Fowlers Mill Cemetery, Chardon, Ohio

This program, hosted by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC), costs $10 and is limited to 15 participants. To register for the field trip, visit the Conservancy’s website.

Note: Many lichens are quite small, just an inch or two in length, and you will need a magnifying glass (about 10X) to view the tiny structures and features of a lichen needed for identification.       

 

 

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