Lichen project for Strathcona Park

Another belated post from earlier Botany Group communications – Jocie’s email to the group on July 1.

Below is a message from Randal about a lichen project for iNatuarlist happening this summer. I hope this will inspire all of you to do some lichen-looking. There is a rich diversity of lichens in Strathcona Park and Randal is sure to make many additions to the list.

Randal’s note:
“I was wanting to focus on lichens in the park this summer. I’ve set up an iNaturalist Project page for Lichens of Strathcona Park:”

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/lichens-of-strathcona-provincial-park

“There are 194 current observations and about 50 species [on July 1]. With a little attention, both of those numbers should grow through the summer.”

Here are a few photos of common lichens to look out for in the Buttle Lake area (click to enlarge).

Cool-looking rock lichen from the Karst Creek trail (no ID yet)
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