Saturday, April 14, 2012
Montana Outdoors: Lichens 101
Lichens are used birds, insects and mammals for a variety of things including food, shelter and building material.
We (some of us) use lichens for food, drink, dyes, clothing and decorations. Indians sometimes warded off starvation dining on lichens; pets have been fed lichens for similar reasons.
Some lichens, such as wolf lichen, are poisionous. Wolf lichen got its name from Europeans who mixed it with glass to poison (kill) wolves.