MDI’s Mosses, Liverworts & Lichens

Thursday, January 10, 2019
at 1 p.m.
Birch Bay Village Inn,
25 Village Inn Road, Bar Harbor

Acadia’s Elfin Forest: Bryophytes & Lichens

Adjunct Professor Fred Olday of College of the Atlantic will give a presentation at the Bar Harbor Garden Club’s January meeting held at the Birch Bay Village Inn on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 1:00 PM.

Dr. Olday’s talk will cover the most commonly encountered mosses, liverworts, and lichens found on Mount Desert Island.   Emphasis will be given to their individual lifestyles and habitat preferences along with pointers on how to recognize common species and genera in the field.  

Equipped with nothing more than a good hand lens and modern field guides, a day spent in the outdoors any time of year can richly reward participants by allowing them to become more familiar with these less conspicuous members of our local flora.

Dr. Olday has previously taught botany, chemistry, and soils at University of Massachusetts Lowell and at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.  Following his retirement, he has returned to College of the Atlantic where he presently teaches courses in bryophyte and lichen biology.  He spends as much time in the outdoors as possible where he divides his time between hiking, trail clearing, and becoming more familiar with the local bryophyte and lichen floras.

The Bar Harbor Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc.   Photograph courtesy of Dr. Olday.

This meeting is open to the public, but non-members are asked to reserve a seat at or call 460-8496.

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