Edible Mushroom Forecast February/March
So, is it still worth getting out there? Yes, of course. Even if you do not find anything edible, it is a great time to explore new potential spots for the fall and also just to enjoy the beauty of the woods. My favorites this time of year are the beautiful and varied mosses and lichens. A moss is a nonvascular plant, but a lichen is a little more complicated. You may have noticed the large display of lichens at the annual Mount Pisgah Mushroom Festival. They are at the festival because it requires a fungus to form a lichen. It is estimated that 6% of the earth is covered with lichens and nearly 20% of known fungal species are associated with lichens. Recent discoveries have revealed that lichens can be an effective biomonitor of air quality. So, maybe it is time that I, and perhaps you, learn more about these beauties. Here are a few pics from a recent hike of the Gwynn Creek trail at Cape Perpetua.
Would you like to learn more about Lichens?
Lichen Walk – February 10th at Mount Pisgah Arboretum
Introduction to Lichens class – April 7-8 at the Siskiyou Field Institute
OSU’s Lichenland – Learn how to identify lichens
Northwest Lichenologists Society
Lichens Connecting People – Facebook Group
What’s in a Lichen? How Scientists Got It Wrong for 150 Years – National Geographic video