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The Forests of Lilliput: the elfin world of lichens and mosses

Saturday, June 26, 9-10:30 a.m. at the Hackett and Minot Trails. Please park at Harpswell Historical Society, 929 Harpswell Neck Road.

Advance registration is required for this free event. The event is now full. Email Julia at outreach@hhltmaine.org to be placed on the waiting list.

For this walk, led by naturalist Jeff Pengel, we will focus on the diminutive mosses and lichens. Expect to spend a lot of time bent over examining the subtle and often amazing features of these abundant but usually unnoticed organisms. Avoiding hardcore identification and terminology, we’ll look at their many adaptations for thriving in a world full of microhabitats in an attempt to understand their role in the larger ecosystem. Bring a hand lens if you have one, otherwise we’ll provide a loaner. Cameras welcome. Be sure to wear comfortable walking/hiking foot gear.

Jeff Pengel was trained as a botanist and geologist at The University of Akron. He worked briefly as a field geologist. Jeff taught earth science and biology in an urban Cincinnati Ohio public school. He has worked many seasons as an outdoor educator for Nature’s Classroom in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Jeff now volunteers as a naturalist for the Appalachian Mountain Club at many of their facilities. He is also a Maine Master Naturalist instructor and actively volunteers for that program and at many Maine land trusts.