"This is amazing!" We heard this sentence frequently during the public workshop, "Lichens of Seattle."
Led by lichen expert, Dr. Katie Glew, participants marveled at this intricate partnership between algae and fungus. They peered at lichens up-close through magnifiers and microscopes. They studied tree bark and rocks around the museum, observing organisms often overlooked. Many of the nearly thirty participants in the half-day workshop brought in lichen samples for identification by Katie. As Katie pointed out, lichens are used for dyes, as indicators of air pollution, and as food for caribou and flying squirrels. The story of lichens is intriguing—some might even say "amazing."