Join instructor Alain Belliveau (botanist, researcher, curator of Acadia University’s E.C. Smith Herbarium) for a full day of lichen learning…
We like lichen: They are beautiful, colourful, intricate… But what are these fascinating composite organisms? And what are their roles in our ecosystems? Come learn all about lichens in this course, with hands-on outdoor learning and more classroom style discussion.
Nova Scotia has particularly rich and abundant lichen flora, because of its temperate climate, humidity and unique ecosystems. There are however, many rare and endangered species of lichens, ten of which are legally protected and require protection from forestry or other industry when they are found on public land.
Come learn all about lichens and how to identify them. This course will be focused on understanding lichens, discussing their distribution, presence and variety in Nova Scotia, and learning to identify them. There will be an indoor classroom component with specimens, and an outdoor exploratory part to the course.