2086 Field trip & picnic – what a day!

After many weeks traipsing through the dunes, forest and beach, collecting spruce shoots, nettles, raspberry leaves and mosquito bites, talking to local biologists and foragers, concocting jellies and pancakes and fermented sodas, we finally hosted our annual field trip & picnic on 22 June 2086!

Thanks to everyone who came along – amateur lichenologists, artists, interpagans and everything in between. For those of you unfortunate enough to have missed out on this bumper edition, here’s a taste of what the Society got up to.

Meeting point at Nida carpark

follow the fish!

Toasting the locally extinct arctic raspberry, and the alive and well wild strawberry, with wild strawberry kvass (fermented soda).

UFO landing site. Space lichen, astrobiology and Cold War luxuries.

Blinis with un-caviar. One amateur lichenologist dollops a spoonful of un-caviar onto another’s blini, saying, ‘kosmičeskije sso-sstanivlenija‘ (‘in cosmic co-becomings’).

Flummery! Made with agar and blueberries from the old forest. The Permian mass extinction and microplastic futures.

The Great Tuning Fork

Also big thanks to Sepideh Ardalani for helping with food wizardry, Diana Pusko for foraging advice, the interpagan intentional community for their un-caviar, and Nida Art Colony for letting us crash their symposium! See you next year!

Lichen love

Some basic lichen info, for those of you new to this wonderful world!

https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichen
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichen

http://www.ohiomosslichen.org/Lichenology-101.pdf

Here some details on human uses of lichen in different places
https://www.earthlife.net/lichens/intro.html

Bibliographical Database Of The Human Uses Of Lichens
http://www.lichen.com/usetype.html

Artist introducing Spanish lichen to Nida, on foam blog
https://fo.am/blog/2013/11/23/assisted-migration/

https://books.google.lt/books?id=-prNplgZg_MC&pg=PA19&lpg=PA19&dq=lithuania+lichen+extinct&source=bl&ots=rC_zLMQkKQ&sig=N11DRoqBzQWuYvYqfWAH5crGRYY&hl=lt&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjx5u6e9JvbAhWGBSwKHRaiC7sQ6AEIaTAM#v=onepage&q=lithuania%20lichen%20extinct&f=false

Lichen study relating to cormorants (could not DWNLOAD)
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/268981894_Pine_forest_lichens_under_eutrophication_generated_by_a_great_cormorant_colony

Not very reliable
https://www.homeopathyschool.com/the-school/provings/reindeer-moss/

Lichens collected radioactivity after Chernobyl in Lithuania
https://books.google.lt/books?id=EH3LBQAAQBAJ&pg=PA106&lpg=PA106&dq=chernobyl+lichen+lithuania&source=bl&ots=KeZLWoMnIi&sig=nlBHA3tFLYhX5apFxm8Y6ozxbiw&hl=lt&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjjv-zwu6vbAhUDApoKHcgbD044ChDoAQhPMAY#v=onepage&q&f=false

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbiosis_in_lichens