Monday, March 23, 2009

Lichen - Nature Experienceship

We had a great time with Dr. St. Clair on Saturday, March 21, 2009 learning all about lichens. We spent a few minutes in the lichen lab learning about how they are curated and kept in the collection. Everyone in attendance got a hand lens and a copy of Dr. St. Clair's "A Color Guidebook to Common Rocky Mountain Lichens." We then went up to Rock Canyon Park and collected some lichens on bark. We used our new guidebooks to identify the 7-9 species found in one grove of trees. Next we took a short hike up to the mouth of Rock Canyon and looked at some species on rock. It was a lot of fun and very educational.

Katy Knight, Museum Education

1 comment:

crimendelsiglo said...

WOW ! i bet that was a lot of fun (except for the cold and snow) for both mom and Evie. somehow ithought that there was only one lichen all over the world (although i knew it lives/grews on rock and trees) i figured it was all the same.
what surprises me is that one can identify and distinguish one type from another.
i think it was cool that you two could share an experience like this together.