How often have you walked, biked or ridden up the Mt. Battie Road and never given a thought to all the living things along the way? All the mosses, lichens, ferns, wild flowers, mushrooms and trees? These two sessions on lichens and mosses offered by Diann Henderson will begin with an evening class at the Camden Public Library followed by a field trip on the road the following day.
Common Lichens on the Mt. Battie Road
Camden Public Library Lichen orientation Thursday March 23 at 7:00.
What is lichen? Where and how do they grow? What is their role in the environment? There will be a power point as well as hands on samples of lichens to learn from. Bring a hand lens if you have one.
Mt. Battie Road Lichen Field trip Friday March 24, 9 to 11, rain or shine.
Meet at the Camden Hills State Park parking lot at 8:45. Wear appropriate clothing to walk in the woods, a rain coat and boots if needed. A notebook, pen and hand lens will be useful. Our goal will be to identify the 3 categories of lichens (foliose, fruticose and crustose), to identify the reproductive soredia and isidia, and to identify 5- 7 of the common lichens found there.
Diann Henderson is a retired Middle School Math and Science teacher and graduate of the Maine Master Naturalist Program. She has had a love of Mt Battie ever since growing up by the State Park, well before the road to the top was constructed.