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What the Heck is a Lichen? By Garry Neil

  • 09 Feb 2022
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Zoom

This is a presentation hosted and provided by Keep Sedona Beautiful for free. To join, please see the zoom link and password, below. No registration is necessary for this event.

On Wednesday, February 9 at 5:00 PM, Garry Neil will answer the question “What the Heck is a Lichen?

The presentation will explore this fascinating group of organisms along with providing examples of species that are found within the Red Rock Ranger District. Simply put, lichens are symbiotic organisms composed of both a fungus and either a green alga or blue-green alga, and in some species both types of algae. 

According to Mr. Neil, “Lichens are generally ignored by the public, with greater interest focused on flowering plants and trees.  However, I believe that once you start to focus on lichens many will find that they are fascinating organisms.”

Garry has an academic background in lichen physiology and ecology.  Retirement has provided an opportunity for him to delve into lichen taxonomy and identification. 

Since 2015, at the request of Janie Agyagos, Red Rock Ranger District Wildlife Biologist, Garry has been working with the Forest Service doing a survey of lichen species growing within our region. 

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The webinar Passcode is: 022022

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