Moss Walk and Talk

Mosses, Liverworts and Lichens are the botanical underdogs in the tree of life and are often neglected due to their cryptic nature and taxonomic difficulty. Despite their small size and challenges, these plants and fungi thrive on Cortes Island but are relatively understudied in comparison to other islands in the Salish Sea.

Sphagnum is a genus of approximately 380 accepted species of mosses, commonly known as “peat moss.”


At the Moss Talk, Manson’s  Hall, December 12, Dan will talk about app-based citizen science programs such as iNaturalist that are effective tools to enhance awareness of biodiversity, address gaps in floristic data, and monitor rare plant populations. In this presentation, Dan Tucker will describe the use of the app iNaturalist for moss, liverwort, and lichen surveys, and discuss the potential for citizen science engagement in these apps on Cortes Island.

Please join Dan on Sunday, December 12, at 1 p.m. in Mansons Hall. Proof of vaccination and masks are required for this event.

During the Moss Walk, Kw’as Park, Saturday, November 13, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dan Tucker identified and interpreted the mosses, liverworts, and common lichens of Cortes Island. Dan had also provided a demonstration of bryophyte specimen collection and curation for research. The walk started from Kw’as Park entry at the marsh, Seaford Road, close to the Motel, at 11 a.m.

Registration preferable. Masks not required for this walk. To register, please call the Museum 250-935-6340 (leave a message) or register in person during our open hours: Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.,  Wild Cortes – 1255 Seaford Road, the Museum – 957 Beasley Road.

These two events are free but donations are gratefully accepted.


Dan Tucker is a recently graduated botanist from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Dan works on various projects rooted mainly in bryophyte conservation, plant community ecology, and taxonomy. Dan is currently a researcher in residence at the EcoLab on Linnaea farm in partnership with Wild Cortes, Cortes Island Museum and FOCI. Dan is also a new(ish) Cortes Island resident.

Dan Tucker

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