ACAP Cape Breton and the CBRM Water Utility invite the community to a free skill building hike in lichen field identification. This informative walk through the watershed will take place on Friday, November 4, at 3:30pm. Participants will meet at the gate on Ormond Crescent off Mira Road that opens up to the Water Utility access to Middle Lake Well Field.
“Lichens are indicator organisms,” says Frances Anderson, lichen researcher who will lead this hike. “That means that they help us understand our environment in a unique way. Because lichens are sensitive to air pollutants we are able to gain insight regarding air quality just by noting if they are present and abundant in an ecosystem.”
“Once again, ACAP Cape Breton is thrilled to connect local residents with their natural environment,” says Jen Cooper, project coordinator with ACAP. “It’s an honour to have Frances Anderson in Cape Breton joining us for this event.”
Frances Anderson co-wrote Common Lichens of Northeastern North America and has been active in helping to prepare at least four Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) status reports identifying threats to lichen and their habitat. She has discovered new species as well has published numerous articles within the lichen press.
Do you know where your tap water comes from? Watershed Walks are a series of exploratory hikes in the watersheds that supply CBRM tap water. These walks are designed not only to introduce us to our local water sources but to really get to know them. “Each walk informs participants in field identification skills for plants and/or wildlife to enhance our connection to the source of the tap water we use every day,” says Anthony Mazzocca, CBRM Watershed Coordinator.
Registration in advance is required, please phone ACAP Cape Breton at 902-567-1628 x206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the event of rain this hike will be cancelled.