Georgia Wild E-Newsletter
Lichens poster, workshop offered to teachers
The Lichens of Georgia poster, the latest addition to the Species of Georgia poster series, will brighten up the classroom and bring a spirit of "likin" lichens to students. Shown in brilliant color, the fascinating forms that lichens take across the state are highlighted on the poster, which was illustrated by photographers Hugh and Carol Nourse and Vitaly Charny and designed by artist James Savage. Nearly two dozen lichens are represented from major groups, with a map showing the distribution of each species. In addition, the poster demonstrates basic lichen biology and identification.
Project coordinators Bob Hill and Tommy Jordan of the University of Georgia composed the poster for use in classrooms from grade school through high school; it is supported by a full suite of classroom materials developed to meet Georgia Performance Standards by the Likin' Lichens Workshop. This workshop is a for-credit (professional learning units) series of classroom and field instruction open to Georgia educators through a federal Improving Teacher Quality grant.
Materials are available online at www.georgialichens.org. By visiting the Web site, teachers can see maps showing where lichens are found in Georgia and download information on how to sign up for the annual Likin' Lichens Workshop.
The workshop is tailored to GPS standards. Teachers can earn PLUs for attending. The class includes lichen identification in the field and lab, plus how to apply lichens in the classroom and how to use a global positioning system or GPS unit. The workshop is set for July 12-15 at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Ga.
Lichens of Georgia posters are available free to teachers by contacting Melissa Hayes of the Wildlife Resources Division's Nongame Conservation Section, (478) 994-1438 in Forsyth.