Last weekend, the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA) gave me an opportunity to lead a local 'Lichen Walk'. Members of the community came out to take a hike through the ECWA-managed Glennstone Nature Preserve and learn about lichens in the process. The Preserve had a great variety of lichens for everyone to see, and I had a great time raising lichen awareness!
Thanks to ECWA for arranging the event! For those of you in the area, I hope to see you at the next one; for the lichenologists who live elsewhere, this is a really nice, simple way to reach out locally and get people thinking about lichens!
[Additional thanks are due to Sarah Hodkinson for assistance with the walk, and to the National Science Foundation for funding my research and associated outreach through a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: DEB-1011504.]