Mosses, Liverworts and Lichens
are the botanical underdogs in the tree of life and are often neglected due to their cryptic nature and taxonomic difficulty. Despite their small size and challenges, these plants and fungi thrive on Cortes Island but are relatively understudied in comparison to other islands in the Salish Sea.
During this walk, Dan Tucker will identify and interpret the mosses, liverworts, and common lichens of Cortes Island. As well, Dan will provide a demonstration of bryophyte specimen collection and curation for research.
Please join Dan on Saturday, November 13, at 11 am, starting at the Kw'as Park
, entry near the marsh close to the Cortes Motel, Seaford Road. Registration is preferable. Masks are not required for this walk.
Dan Tucker is a recently graduated botanist from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Dan works on various projects rooted mainly in bryophyte conservation, plant community ecology, and taxonomy. Dan is currently a researcher in residence at the EcoLab on Linnaea farm in partnership with Wild Cortes, Cortes Island Museum and FOCI. Dan is also a new(ish) Cortes Island resident. This event is by donation.
Donations are warmly appreciated as they keep Wild Cortes and Cortes Island Museum programs going.
The Moss Walk will be followed by Moss Talk, on Sunday, November 28, 1 p.m., when Dan Tucker will describe the use of the app iNaturalist for moss, liverwort, and lichen surveys, and discuss the potential for citizen science engagement in these apps on Cortes Island.
More information is available on our website: https://cortesmuseum.com/moss-walk-and-talk/