Postponed: December Bark About: Lichen Hike

Date: 
Sunday, December 12, 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

This hike is being rescheduled to 2022.  Stay tuned for the new date!

For our December Bark About, we will explore the unbelievable world of lichens! Lichens do everything from "fixing" atmospheric nitrogen to providing key nesting materials for birds.  Are lichens organisms or ecosystems? Are they fungal greenhouses or algal farmsteads?  Find out for yourself this month with Bark's lichen hike leader Maysa, who will guide us through an enchanting part of the forest. Please consider bringing collection bags/scrap paper, a writing utensil, and a hand lens (if you have one).

The outing will take place in an area accessible by car from Portland in about 90 minutes, exact location and driving arrangements will be sent to confirmed participants the week before the outing.

We will spend the day moving through in the forest, both on roads and off-trail, walking over uneven terrain, with down logs, possible mud and water. We will make numerous stops for discussion, please come prepared to keep yourself warm and comfortable in the weather.

Click here to register!

Please note: This in-person outing will follow COVID-19 protocols. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Driving directions will be sent to registrants before the event. If the tickets are full, please sign up for the waitlist. There will be limited carpooling for fully vaccinated individuals, please check our COVID-19 safety protocols for more information. Participants will be required to wear face coverings and maintain physical distance from others outside their contact bubble.

Since the beginning, Bark has offered free, monthly hikes to Mt. Hood National Forest and surrounding public lands. We believe that by witnessing the breathtaking Cascade ecosystem and learning about the many threats it faces, we can build stronger advocates for the protection of our public lands. Our hike leaders are passionate, knowledgeable volunteers who incorporate information about forest ecology and policy with how to get involved in our efforts.

Questions? Email Misha, Bark's Forest Watch Assistant.

Image: 
Color photo of greenish blue lichen on a nurselog, with reddish bark. Everything is wet from rain.