The Northwoods of Minnesota are known for the forested, unexplored wilds of the Boundary Waters and beyond, but there is an entire world of unexplored wonder right under our noses: Lichens! Northeastern Minnesota is one of the most lichen rich regions in the US and many of these species go unnoticed by the lay person.
However, with names like Fluffy Dust Lichen, Moosehair Lichen, and even Moonglow Lichen, these wonderfully named and important parts of an ecosystem offer a lot for the casual observer and seasoned naturalist, alike. Join us on November 13th at the Eveleth Public Library for an introduction to lichens, how and where to find them, and a little bit of their amazing biology by Friends of Sax-Zim Bog Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus.
Clinton Nienhaus is in his 4th year as Head Naturalist for the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog. His interests in the natural world run deep and he has given a few talks on a number of subjects for the Eveleth Phenology group including a talk on Hawk Ridge and bird migration, winter adaptations of species in the Northwoods, dragonflies and damselflies, and now lichens!
The program is from 3:30-5:00. Dress for the weather; we plan to look at some of the lichen on trees around the library.