Let’s Look at Moss!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMosses are everywhere in our parks and forests; we find them covering fallen logs and rocks, growing up the trunks of trees, and hanging from branches. We’re so used to seeing moss in the background that we don’t pay much attention to it.  At first glance the mosses in the forest may all look alike, but they’re not!

 

On February 20, 2016, Pat Rothman joined members of the NHS for a two-mile walk and a closer look at these tiny, fascinating plants.

Way leaved cotton moss 2We talked about the characteristics of different mosses, such as leaf shape, growth pattern and specific location, so you can recognize some of the most common ones in our area.

It was an easy walk, but the trails were muddy. We recommended bringing a hand lens.

 

Pat at jltnatural@saveland.org  was the contact for details. Participation was limited.