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I am Lichen It: A Field Guide to Nova Scotia’s Lichens

July 30, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join MTRI on a guided walk along the Acacia Valley Trails and discuss one of the most amazing kingdoms of life, the lichens.

Lichens are often ignored when people think about wildlife but these amazing organisms were one of the first to grow on land and now they make up hundreds of species in Nova Scotia! Come along with MTRI on a guided walk along the Acacia Valley trail (Barton) through one of the most ancient and amazing kingdoms of life: the lichens! We will be joined by lichen expert Cole Vale, Junior Environmental Scientist at McCallum Environmental Ltd. and MTRI’s own Ecologist, Chad Simmons.

During the walk (~4 km) we explore the beautiful Acacia Valley trail, discuss the wildlife we see, the challenges they face, share identification tips and talk about how you can better protect the wildlife around you.

Please bring appropriate footwear, water and any snacks you may need. We will be meeting at the trail parking lot (155 Mill Rd) at 1 p.m.

Our walk is part of MTRI’s Kespukwitk (Southwest Nova Scotia) iNaturalist Competition. Over the next year, we will host 4 seasonal, 2-week-long competitions on the iNaturalist app, a free wildlife identification and community science app. These are fierce but friendly competitions between the municipalities of Annapolis, Digby, Clare, Yarmouth, Argyle, Barrington, Shelburne, Lunenburg and Queens to see who can collect the most wildlife observations. To join, all you must do is log onto iNaturalist and take observations in Kespukwitk during the 2 weeklong competitions.

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

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Acacia Valley Trail
155 Mill Rd
Barton, NS B0W 1H0 Canada
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