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Estuary Festival 2010

displayHere's support for my Deer Lichen and Friends display and guided hike at the Choctawhatchee Estuary Family Festival at Rocky Bayou State Park on May 1, 2010. Link to what's new, kinds of lichen video, which species video, festival handout (FAQ), graphic, map of hike, and info about photos in the calendar. Thanks for photos on this page by P. S. Williams who graciously was a big help with everything. In 2011, I'm updating the page for the Estuary Festival 2011.


Allison - photo contestAllison Beauregard* presents prize awards for the Mattie Kelly Environmental Photo Contest in photo to right. The twelve winning entries are on display. They are featured in the 2011 Mattie M. Kelly Cultural & Environmental Institute at Northwest Florida State College (MKEI) calendar. (See my entries: Water Sand Collage Edge and Enmeshed Deer Lichen.)

On the hike on Red Cedar Trail, while looking for two local species of deer lichen, someone spotted plants that looked similar, but distinctly different. I took a GPS waypoint and plan to return to photograph it north of the path. Coordinates: 30°29'51.2" N, 86°26'01.7" W. Update: when I returned I could not locate the different plants.

eating lichen?Robin and Tom Stiles watched the display during lunchtime while we led the hike. At the end they considered eating the tasty-looking deer lichen, which seemed quite funny at the time. It was a joke. They decided to leave it to the deer. However, I told many people about the link to directions for cooking Cladonia evansii, deer moss on EatTheWeeds.com. Be sure to add a grain of salt, that is, don't believe everything you read there (or here). For one caution, the page has the incorrect spelling of evansii. All deer lichen facts need to be double-checked and triple-verified since incorrect info is slow to be corrected.

deer lichendeer lichen detail (large)Visitors described their favorite deer lichen sites. A Florida Trail friend sent wonderful ground-level pictures of deer lichen on the Florida Trail just north of Range Road 213, west of State Road 87 and the power lines. On the Weaver Creek Trail map look for the Loop Trail (Blue Blaze .9 mi.). The overview photo on the left shows the large extent of the field. The detail on the right is a very big photo (almost 1 megabyte download) giving the feel of the moist soft airy plants up close.

Another visitor described vast tracts of deer lichen on an island nature preserve, St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge. There is a visitor center in Apalachicola. If you don't bring your own boat, there is a shuttle service to the island (call 850.229.1065 for information). I'm eager to go. Update: In January, 2011 I visited the island on a Florida Trail Association field trip but did not see deer lichen on the trip, which was a small part of the island.

wingspansA disadvantage of hosting a display is that I don't have time/energy to see other displays in depth. Aside from the many educational craft events for children there are extensive resources for the environment. To the right is a giant poster comparing wingspans. Who knows what my fellow members of the Florida Trail Association or Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance had to offer?

At the end of the day I returned the deer lichens from the display to three sites where in 2011, I'm not sure I should have taken them in the first place.

See Lookout 2010.

* Allison Beauregard, PhD
Mattie M. Kelly Distinguished Chair in Enironmental Sciences
Northwest Florida State College, FL

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