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Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Plankton of the Land:

Mosses, lichens, and fungi in Pacific Northwest forests

Plankton are the foundation of life in the ocean. Is there an analogy in terrestrial ecosystems? Yes there is! In the Pacific Northwest, the foundation of terrestrial ecosystems is the “Stegnon”, the layer of organic life just above, within, and below the soil of the forest floor. Here in the Stegnon, mosses, lichens, and fungi play an important role in forest ecosystems. Naturalist and science author Dr. Kem Luther’s presentation will look at the environmental services these inhabitants of the Stegnon provide as they process and convert organic matter into nutrients in a form usable by other organisms. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches, the lecture is free and open to all ages. For more information please visit or contact Matt Kerschbaum:

07:00 PM


NW Ed Services District Bldg., 1601 R St., Anacortes, WA
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