Bryolog 29 (25 August 2022)
As a general policy, check the website for event updates before you walk out the door!
- Registration is now open for SO BE FREE 27, 23-26 June 2023, Sagehen Field Station near Truckee, CA. More HERE
- Ben Carter will lead a bryophyte workshop before the CNPS Conference in San Jose, 19 October 2022. Info HERE
- Ben Carter will also lead a bryophyte session at the CNPS Conference in San Jose, 22 October 2022. Info HERE
- Merritt College is offering a 2-unit course (12 September 2022 – 17 October 2022) on Bay Area Bryophytes. Info HERE
- LESKEA—CA Bryoflora Forum Keying Sessions: variable schedule on Saturdays and Wednesday afternoons, plus office hours, at the Center for Botanical Diversity, DAV Herbarium, UC Davis. More info HERE
- The CA Bryoflora Forum followed their Introductory Bryology session (16 July 2022) at UC Davis with an Identification/Keying session on 20 August 2022. Read more HERE
- Photo Gallery: A Celebration of Dry (and Moist) Mosses HERE
Register Now for SO BE FREE 27
Registration is now open for the 27th annual SO BE FREE foray, which will be held 23-26 June 2023 at the Sagehen Field Station in the Northern Sierra Nevada near Truckee, CA. What could be more pleasant than summer days in the California mountains? There is lodging and camping onsite and nearby. We expect a sell-out, so register ASAP. Early bird registration saves you $25 and ends 01 November 2022. Announcement and registration materials HERE. See you there!
CaBF Keying Sessions: the CA Bryoflora Forum (Stephen Rae, John Hutton and John Game) followed their Introductory Bryology session (16 July 2022) at UC Davis with an Identification/Keying session on 20 August 2022. The sessions at the Center for Botanical Diversity DAV herbarium welcomed beginning and intermediate level bryologists to identifying CA mosses. Held previously on the third Saturday of the month, following sessions will be conducted on future Saturdays as well as Wednesday afternoons (schedule variable, please contact Stephen, see below). We are planning open Office Hours for drop-in mentoring. Open to anyone wanting to learn how to use moss keys and floras, please contact Stephen (firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-287-0248) about scheduling and attendance. We appreciate the support and use of herbarium facilities.
Merritt College in Oakland is offering a 2 unit course (Biology 61I) on Bryophytes entitled “Natural History of the Bay Area: Bryophytes” taught by Dr. Benjamin Carter. Course description: Identification of common mosses and liverworts of the San Francisco Bay Area. Slide preparation and microscopic examination as well as field identification. Classes are Monday evenings (September 12 – October 17) and three Saturdays (September 24, October 8, October 15). See HERE for more details.
Most mosses are endowed with the superpower of desiccation tolerance—the ability to dry completely and remain dormant, then spring back to life upon rehydration. Mosses are at their loveliest when moist, but can also be quite handsome when desiccated. Many species dry in a highly characteristic manner, which can be extremely helpful for identification purposes. Below is a side by side comparison of six species in their lusciously ravishing moist, and tenaciously charming dry states: Nogopterium gracile, Dendroalsia abietina, Antitrichia californica, Homalothecium pinnatifidum, Grimmia laevigata and Syntrichia princeps.