The Lichens and Flora of Lava Beds
Photos by K.M. Pyle
Instructors: Steve Sheehy and Sarah Malaby
Dates: Friday-Sunday, June 9-11, 2017
Location: Lava Beds National Monument
Learn about the lichens that color rocks of Lava Beds National Monument and discover the wildflowers that bejewel its many habitats from sagebrush steppe to Ponderosa pine forest. This field course will investigate both vascular plants and lichens under the guidance of a lichenologist and a botanist who will introduce you to this floristically intriguing area. The Monument’s rocks, tree branches and ancient soils have given rise to a diversity of lichen species, including soil crusts. We’ll observe and learn about the lichens by hiking in the Monument, collecting specimens in surrounding areas and then examining them under microscopes. In a series of hikes, we’ll botanize a variety of plant communities and also enjoy close-up views of spring birds and insect pollinators, too.
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