Lichens: Nature’s Weather Instruments

Lichens: Nature’s Weather Instruments by Erica Soon Olsen Broadcast 10.1 & 10.4.2019 Listen:   While walking on the Kim Williams trail just outside of Missoula, I found myself noticing the abundant growth of lichens on the cliffs beside the trail. The...

Exploring the Landscape of Pixie Cup Lichen

Pixie Cup Lichen by Erin Ebersberger Broadcast 7.1 & 7.6.2018   Listen:   Lying on my stomach on the fringes of the forest, my view is perfect of a colony of tiny lichens. They are perched on top of a rock outcrop, beyond which lies a majestic view...

Truffles, Trees, and — Squirrels?

Truffles, Trees, and — Squirrels? by Sue Reel Broadcast 10.4.2016 Listen:   Walking through the woods recently, I saw a red squirrel digging in the litter of the forest floor. I assumed it was burying a pine cone, but on closer inspection I found a piece of...

Enter the World of Lichens

Story and photos by Tim Wheeler You’ve probably noticed them: dangling above a forest trail, covering rocks atop an alpine peak, colonizing fence posts and the bark of urban trees. These bizarre shapes and colors that decorate our world are a group of organisms,...