Manitoba might have its official lichen

Canada lichenologists unite to choose a lichen for each province.

Now, Manitoba has official bird, tree and flower and in the nearest future it might also have its official lichen. Hundreds of studies are conducted across the country to identify lichens and, accordingly, to create a new official symbol of Manitoba and other provinces.

The idea came back in 2016, and in 2017, Canadian scientists began to draw attention to it. People usually do not pay attention to the lichen, but it is important enough for nature.

"They're definitely not on everyone's radar — people often ask what a lichen is when I tell them that's what I study," the Canadian Museum of Nature scientist, Troy McMillan, said. "But they're really important ecologically. They do all kinds of important things, everything from being food for different organisms — particularly for caribou, that's how they survive in winter — to controlling erosion."

Manitoba official symbols are the Prairie crocus as the provincial flower, the white spruce as the provincial tree, and the great grey owl as the provincial bird. Scientists say that it is not so easy to choose a lichen.

Troy McMillan added that Canada has more than 2,500 species, but there are certain lichens in each province.

"Lichen is everywhere. It grows pretty much in any terrestrial environment around the world. They're on the trees in people's front yards, they're on the sidewalks," McMillan said. "I like to call them the coral reefs of the forest, they come in so many different colours and so many different shapes and sizes."

There is no guarantee that each province will take the research and proclaim lichen as its symbol. Despite this, scientists are happy to raise awareness of residents and to draw attention to this topic.

MORE NEWS: Winnipeg General Byng School welcomes the first bench created from recycled plastic bags

Manitoba official symbols Canada lichenologists lichen
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
I recommend
No recommendations yet

Comments

Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Lightning strike
Friday evening a grass fire in Winnipeg's Tuxedo Industrial neighbourhood halted train traffic and damaged multiple Hydro poles after it was set off by lightning. Around 7:45 p.m. fire crews got to the scene at Kenaston Boulevard at Lindenwood Drive East. Crews had it under control by around 8:20 p.m., the spokesperson wrote. The lightning and the fire damaged several Hydro poles and train traffic was halted in the area as a precaution. As of now, there is...
Declawing Ban
A historic day for felines in our province as Manitoba's veterinarians voted to officially ban the practice of declawing. Manitoba is the sixth province in Canada that has banned the practice of non-medically necessary partial digital amputation (PDA), better known as cat declawing. Alberta banned it in March, Newfoundland and Labrador banned it in January, and British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia banned it in 2018. The Manitoba vote clo...
Pet Adoption
Doggy daycares across Winnipeg are filling up fast, February and March is pretty much the peak season for daycare and boarding. But still, even after the winter is over, there are many pets waiting to be adopted and find a new home. Fosters and supplies are always needed to help support the animals being taken care of by animal shelters. When you actually decide that you and your family members are ready to adopt a dog, make sure you consider the costs of...
Adopt a Pet
Animal shelters are full of animals that are just waiting for someone to take care of them and bring them to a place they can feel safe at and could call it home. Many people would like to help and adopt a dog or other pets. But the question is - Are you ready to adopt a dog? Much time, thought and research should go into your decision – after all, your dog will be living with you for the next 10-20 years. Please think carefully about the following: Food c...
animal cruelty
Animal shelters are full of animals that are just waiting for someone to take care of them and bring them to a place they can feel safe at and could call it home. Doggy daycares across Winnipeg are filling up fast, there are many pets waiting to be adopted. Volunteers are working hard to help as much as they can to save and protect the animals that ended up on the street, people donate and contribute with food and other things for homeless pets and as far...
Bad Service
The city authorities dispatched multiple crews and road construction equipment to get the streets and roads cleaned up and safe to drive. Normally the cleaning crews would leave some warning signs on the road a few days before their arrival to notify locals in advance and for them not to park their vehicles in this area. Cars parked along the curb on the street may be in the way of cleaning machinery or completely blocking some parts of the street. But, ap...
Incidents
I’m sure, everyone likes to drive to the parking lot and find the open spot to park close to the entrance. But the reality today is the parking space is hard to find near popular locations, like big stores and shopping malls, you either get lucky to catch one or, most likely, need to wait for one to open or cruise around to find it. Costco stores are definitely a good example of a constantly busy parking lot, so people have to park just where they can and,...
Fire
A fire is always a scary and dangerous thing, people might get hurt or killed, especially children and elderly citizens since they are not able to react fast and evacuate the building by themselves. Especially, if the fire happens at the restaurant full of people of different ages from small children to older citizens. The Winnipeg firefighters had to deal with thick smoke, intense heat and other dangerous conditions when they fought the flame inside the r...
Wost Road
Winnipeg authorities published a list of streets and roads that will be repaired this year. At least 56 streets and 11 back alleys likely won’t be fixed in Winnipeg this year, thanks to funding spat between the City and the Province. The votes – which were submitted via Facebook and CAA’s website – were based on the following criteria: traffic congestion, potholes/crumbling pavement, the timing of traffic lights, pedestrian/cycling safety, and poor signs o...