Guest speaker, Curtis Bjork, will be speaking about lichens. Lichens are the most neglected part of the BC flora. These are still early days of exploration for these symbiotic organisms, but already we can say that on Vancouver Island, Metchosin’s headlands (Albert Head, Mary Hill, Rocky Point) have so many lichen species that there is nowhere else in the world where such a rich flora has been recorded in such a small area. The talk will highlight some of the diversity of the lichens and their habitats found during inventory work for the Department of National Defense and Natural Resources Canada.
Curtis Bjork has studied lichens and plants in the US and Canada for over 25 years, working in regions from California to the Arctic, and from the Prairies to the Pacific. He is co-curator of lichens at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC, along with Trevor Goward. Curtis and Trevor also co-run a botanical/lichenological consultancy, and they teach courses at their house in the Wells Gray Park country.
The regular meeting will follow the presentation.
Guests are welcome.