A many splendoured thing

Ecology Week at Cassiar Cannery offers a top-to-bottom introduction to B.C.’s northern coastal ecosystems — and a chance to fall in love with nature

From a spruce tree, Dr. Darwyn Coxson plucks a wispy strand of Usnea — the lichen often referenced as old man’s beard. Spreading it between his fingers like some forest-elf’s game of Cat’s Cradle, he notes how the environmentally sensitive organism was wiped out in Sweden by winds carrying the spoils of Europe’s industrial revolution into Scandinavia.…

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January 17, 2018


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