This week’s #SpeciesOfTheWeek is a strange-looking lichen. Boreal Oakmoss (Evernia mesomorpha) is a common and widespread lichen in northern boreal and mixed forests. Like all lichens, it is not a single organism, but a mutualistic relationship between algae or cyanobacteria and fungi. Boreal Oakmoss can use any coniferous or deciduous tree as its substrate. While the name suggests oak trees, it has a preference for conifers. It is tolerant of most pollutants, so it can grow near urban areas. Boreal Oakmoss contains usnic acid, which can cause severe dermatitis, so it is recommended to avoid touching it. Its growth form is called fruticose, or shrub-like, with numerous forked, hanging branches. The branches contain the soredia, which are clusters of algal cells wrapped in fungal filaments, and are used for vegetative reproduction. This is a type of asexual reproduction where the soredia break off and are dispersed by wind, then grow into a new lichen after settling on a suitable substrate. Lichens don’t take nutrients from their host substrate, they collect their own water and nutrients from the air. An often overlooked part of the forest, lichens can be remarkable in their shapes and colours. Have you seen any cool lichens in the park?
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MINE TOURS AND OTHER PROGRAMSYes…there will be Silver Queen Mine Tours this summer!The park is planning to have guided tours on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10am. Sundays will feature the regular Open House at the mine (10am to noon). The first tour will be Canada Day (July 1).Registration for all guided tours will open Monday, June 27. Space is limited so you must pre-register at the gatehouse or call 613-267-5060. Registration is not required for the open houses.ALSO!Evening Programs will be Saturday nights, starting in July. The time will change based on our daylight hours.Snake Talks will be every day at 2pm outside the visitor centre, starting Canada Day.Exploration stations, prop tables, and Kids programs will be advertised the week of on our program boards.Stay tuned for a great summer!
For the latest information on COVID-19 precautions and available amenities at Murphys Point (services, facilities, attractions) during the 2022 season, be sure to check https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/murphyspoint.
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