COA adjunct professor Fred Olday will give a talk about mosses and lichens, the tiny "Elfin Forest," Jan. 10 at the Bar Harbor Garden Club meeting. PHOTO COURTESY OF FRED OLDAY

Garden Club to host talk on Acadia’s ‘Elfin Forest’

BAR HARBOR — Fred Olday, an adjunct professor at the College of the Atlantic, will give a presentation about mosses, liverworts and lichens found on Mount Desert Island Thursday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Bar Harbor Garden Club’s meeting at Birch Bay Village.

Olday will discuss the most commonly encountered mosses, liverworts and lichens found here. Emphasis will be given to their individual lifestyles and habitat preferences along with pointers on how to recognize common species in the field.

“Equipped with nothing more than a good hand lens and modern field guides, a day spent in the outdoors any time of the year can richly reward participants by allowing them to become more familiar with these less conspicuous members of our environment,” event organizers said.

Olday has taught botany, chemistry, and soils at COA and at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Following his retirement, he returned to COA where he presently teaches courses in bryophyte and lichen biology. He spends as much time in the outdoors as possible, hiking, trail clearing and familiarizing himself with local bryophyte and lichen floras.

This meeting is open to the public, but non-members are asked to reserve a seat. Call 460-8496 or email [email protected]

The Bar Harbor Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc.

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