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Lichens: Corals of the Forest

You’ve probably walked past them hundreds of times. Devil’s matchstick, frog pelt, lungwort, and, of course, fairy barf. While these sound like ingredients for a fictional witch’s potion, you can find these and more on a walk through the forests of British Columbia. Let us introduce you to a symbiotic relationship like no other—the lichens.

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by the Hakai Institute

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Hakai Magazine will be shifting our resources and temporarily changing our publishing schedule due to the current pandemic. To help fill the gaps, we’ll keep you inspired with some nature-is-awesome content, much of which is produced by the stellar media team at the Hakai Institute. So many of us need a glimpse of the wild right now.

Produced and edited by Katrina Pyne
Videography by Grant Callegari and Katrina Pyne

Additional music courtesy of the Free Music Archive—MIT Symphony Orchestra
Additional video clips courtesy of the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory and the Natural World Film Archive

Interviewee: Troy McMullin (Canadian Museum of Nature)
Also featured: Andrew Simon (University of Victoria)