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Lichen Walk at San Bruno Mountain State Park and CALS General meeting and Pot luck dinner.

Saturday, January 29, 2005, 10am

San Bruno Mountain is at the northern reaches of the Santa Cruz range. San Bruno Mountain State Park is a 2,266 acre area with day-use facilities, hiking trails, and beautiful views of the city and the bay. The park is home to a wide variety of birds and animals as well as several endangered plant and butterfly species.
We will join the Yerba Buena CNPS chapter for a lichen walk in the Park. We will see a variety of lichens from coastal crusts to windswept chaparral species. Meet at the Park entrance parking lot at 10 am. The walk with the CNPS chapter will end approximately at 1pm. CALS members may continue for a longer exploration of the area and then travel to the Brickyard Courthouse Clubhouse in Pt. Richmond for our annual CALS birthday celebration, pot luck and general meeting at 5pm that evening. For directions to the State Park, see the San Bruno Mountain State Park website.

If you are interested in attending the CALS annual Potluck and Birthday Celebration, see the contact info below.

Exploring for Myxomycetes (Slime molds) led by Don Kowalski

Saturday, February 12, 2005 10am

Did you know there are over 280 species of Myxomycetes in California.? Don Kowalski, an expert in the field, has named many of them. Don will give a short slide presentation about this fascinating subject and then lead us on a field trip exploring for slime molds. We will meet at the College of the Redwoods in Mendocino county at 10 am. and go to a site close by.

Directions to the campus can be found at the College of the Redwoods Website

Please bring a lunch.

So Be Free Annual Event

Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, March 19-22, 2005

So Be Free stands for Spring Outing, Botanical Excursion, Foray, Retreat and Escape to the Environment. If you are interested in learning about mosses and liverworts, this is the event for you. OIMB in Charlston, Oregon and can accommodate 40 participants. If you are interested in attending, contact Steven Jessup at

Northwest Lichenologists Annual Meeting

March 24-26, 2005

NWL and the Northwest Scientific Association hold their yearly meeting jointly. This year the location is Corvallis, Oregon. This is a great opportunity to meet the lichenologists to the north of us. For more information, see the NWL website

An Introduction to the Foliose and Fruticose Lichens

Conference Room, UC Berkeley Herbarium

Saturday, April 9, 2005, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Foliose and fruticose lichens will be the emphasis of this workshop. We will discuss the nature and history of the lichens and then learn basic lichen morphology, using prepared specimens as examples. Spot tests will be demonstrated. Collection, preparation and preservation of specimens will be discussed. We will use a variety of keys to identify unknown specimens or specimens brought by the participants. Please bring a lunch. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.

Field trip to Rock Spring, Mt. Tamalpais State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2005, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This loop trail at Rock Spring is a favorite for CALS members. Barbara Lachelt, a long time CALS member, has led many field trips at Rock Spring. Judy Robertson will be leading us this Saturday. We will look at lichens on oaks, conifers, soil and rock outcrops. Weather in the area is very unpredictable. Please dress accordingly. Meet at the Rock Spring parking lot at 10 am.

Field trip to the Hat Creek area

May 14, 2005

North of Lassan Volcanic National Park is the Hat Creek Rim and Hat Creek Valley. Bill Madsen who has joined us on our field trips to the White Mtns and Modoc County has a cabin in the Hat Creek area and has offered it for our use for this weekend field trip. We can stay in the cabin and cook our meals there or camp close by. Anyone is welcome to join us just for the day as well. We will explore the surrounding area for lichens. This trip might be considered a continuation of the Modoc County trip as we investigate the State of California for lichens.

Ongoing Lichen Identification Workshops

Location TBA

The 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, 5 pm. to 8:30pm.

Join us every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month for these Lichen ID sessions at SSU. We bring our specimens, use the classroom dissecting and compound scopes and a variety of keys to identify them.

We help one another at difficult places in the keys and get feedback about our methods. This is a great time to work on those specimens you have collected but have not had time to ID, those that you have had difficulty identifying or just learning about lichens. We have snacks and enjoy hearing about the latest good collecting spot. There is no cost for our workshops but be prepared to pay a $2.50 parking fee.

Darwin Hall at SSU will be undergoing construction starting spring semester, however we still plan to hold our workshop somewhere on campus. If you are interested in attending, please notify Judy Robertson and she will alert all participants of the location each meeting.

If you are interested in participating in any of the above activities, or have questions, please contact Judy Robertson at or 707-584-8099.