11 May 2021 7:30 pm

OFNC Monthly Meeting  (Digital, on Zoom)

Presenters:  Jennifer Doubt and Cassandra Robillard

Hundreds of mosses grow in Ottawa-Gatineau, both in natural areas and on busy streets.  Join Jennifer Doubt and Cassandra Robillard to review the differences between mosses, lichens and other botanical “entities” and to learn about some of the amazing feats of biology that set mosses (and their cousins, the liverworts and hornworts) apart from the pack. Get to know some of the National Capital’s common species – including some of the places you can seek them out for yourself on your next ramble – as well as some of the fascinating rarer species and habitats in the region (#RideauCanalLockstations). Cass and Jennifer will also review some challenges awaiting those who want to learn more about mosses, and some resources that could help!

Jennifer Doubt, Botany Curator at the Canadian Museum of Nature, has been collecting, identifying and documenting mosses across Canada for over 25 years. She participates in bioblitzes and surveys, and conducts workshops and field trips to explore and learn about these awe-inspiring plants. Whether by skill or affliction, she notices bryophytes everywhere – even on city errands! – and delights when anyone shows the slightest interest. Jennifer is a long-time member of the Mosses and Lichens Specialist Subcommittee of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).

Cassandra Robillard, Botany technician, nature enthusiast and communicator, is also active in Ottawa-Gatineau activities that raise awareness and understanding of mosses. She has led interpretive moss walks for the Canadian Museum of Nature and Nature Canada, attracted a record number of views to her Canadian Museum of Nature blog post “Moss and Lichen: Wait, what’s the difference?” (https://canadianmuseumofnature.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/moss-and-lichen-wait-whats-the-difference/) and delighted audiences with her lightning talk – “Hello Gorgeous!” on dung mosses (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxIHsQDrDz4).  Her technical illustrations of mosses appear in Jean Faubert’s Flore des Bryophytes du Québec-Labrador.

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