Western Maine Audubon plans to host a free talk on Maine lichens on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Ron Butler photo

Western Maine Audubon plans to host a free talk on Maine lichens live via Zoom by Dr. Ron Butler.

The Zoom talk will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Thomas Auditorium, Preble Hall, University of Maine at Farmington, 173 High St., Farmington, according to a news release from Will Jones, Western Maine Audubon.

The event will be presented via a Zoom feed into the auditorium.

There will be no ability to access this talk at the time of presentation except at the auditorium. Recordings of the talk will be available at western.maineaudubon.org/videos two to three weeks after the event.

This presentation will provide a general overview of the evolution, morphology and physiology of lichens. The ecological role of lichens in terrestrial ecosystems will be discussed, and the uses of lichens by animals (including humans) will be explored. A brief survey of some common Maine foliose, fruticose, squamulose, and crustose lichens will be presented, and some key references for lichen identification will be highlighted.

Butler retired in 2021 as emeritus professor at UMF after 40 years of teaching.

To get the latest updates on this talk, visit western.maineaudubon.org.

For more information, email Jones at [email protected].


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