California’s Wild Lichens
Speaker: Stephen Sharnoff

Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 pm
Location: Garden Room, Orinda Public Library (directions below)

California has an amazing diversity of lichens, found in every sort of natural habitat. Stephen Sharnoff, photographer and author of A Field Guide to California Lichens, will give an illustrated talk about the lichens of our state, showing their many forms and colors and discussing their biology and natural history. Stephen’s photographs of lichens are breathtakingly beautiful and his knowledge is deep. Don’t miss this one!

Stephen Sharnoff is a botanical photographer based in Berkeley. He and his late wife Sylvia Sharnoff did the photographic fieldwork for Lichens of North America, published by Yale University Press in 2001. He wrote and illustrated A Field Guide to California Lichens, published by the same press in 2014. Nearing completion is his new photographic guide to the wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada with a text by Joanna Clines, Forest Botanist with the Sierra National Forest. Stephen’s photographs have been used in numerous exhibitions, magazines, and books. A website of his photographic work can be seen at Copies of A Field Guide to California Lichens ($32.50 plus tax) will be available for purchase at the meeting.

East Bay CNPS membership meetings are free of charge and open to everyone. This month’s meeting takes place in the Garden Room of the Orinda Public Library at 24 Orinda Way (in Orinda Village). The Garden Room is on the second floor of the building, accessible by stairs or an elevator. The Garden Room opens at 7 pm; the meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Email or call 510-496-6016 if you have questions.
Directions to Orinda Public Library at 24 Orinda Way:

From the west, take Hwy 24 to the Orinda/Moraga exit. At the end of the off ramp, turn left on Camino Pablo (toward Orinda Village), right on Santa Maria Way (the signal after the BART station and freeway entrance), and left on Orinda Way.

From the east, take Hwy 24 to the Orinda exit. Follow the ramp to Orinda Village. Turn right on Santa Maria way (the first signal) and left on Orinda Way.
Once on Orinda Way, go 1 short block to the parking lot on the southeast side of the two-story building on your right. There is additional free parking beneath the building as well as on the street.

From BART (4 blocks): Exit the Orinda station, turn right and cross a pedestrian bridge, then cross a second pedestrian bridge on the left. Go 1 short block on the sidewalk to the third pedestrian bridge. Go 2 blocks on Orinda Way to the Orinda Library.