Learn about the diversity of lichens and their roles in nature, with James Lendemer, Ph.D., a lichenologist and Assistant Curator, The New York Botanical Garden.
Lichens are neither plants nor animals, but environmentally they are like manna from heaven (and in fact that’s what manna from heaven was, scientists now know: two species of lichens). The presence of lichens is very good news. Lichens, one of the earliest forms of land-dwelling life on earth, should be all around you in a healthy ecosystem: on bark, on mossy areas and other spots where the soil may be thin, on wood, and even on stones. They play key roles in keeping an environment in balance, too.
We'll start with a short slide talk at the Roe Jan Historical Society's museum in Copake Falls, followed by walk in the Taconic State Park to observe lichens. Program will go on rain or shine.
Sponsored by the Friends of Taconic State Park. Tickets are required for this free event, since space is limited. For more information call 917-885-0691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: This is one of TWO events that day hosted by the Friends in Taconic State Park.
Have a BLAST at Furnace Fest, from 12-2 PM, at the Historic Copake Iron Works in Copake Falls.
Enjoy lunch – music – raffles – and guided tours of the Iron Works Museum.
Furnace Fest is at 33 Valley View Road, Copake Falls, NY. For more information call 518-329-3251, or email email@example.com