Oak Mistletoe, Poison Oak, and Lace Lichen: Friends or Foes?

Wednesday Oct 22 2014   7:30 PM
East Bay Chapter of California Native Plant Society  200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley, CA  map

Kate Marianchild, author of Secrets of the Oak Woodlands, will give a presentation and sign copies of her book. Though the three species she will talk about–oak Mistletoe, poison oak, and lace lichen–have long been suspected by humans of misdemeanors if not heinous crimes, Marianchild’s spirited defense could keep them out of jail in any court of ecological law. 

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Kate MarianchildWhen Kate Marianchild migrated to the oak woodlands of inland Mendocino County in 2001, she promptly fell in love with an ecosystem. After writing for Audubon and other nature-oriented nonprofits for several years, she began the research that led to the writing of this book. Marianchild studied Chinese language and literature at UC Berkeley and New Asia College in Hong Kong, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Berkeley with a degree in comparative literature. Following years of grassroots political activism, she moved to Mendocino County in 1980 and supported herself as a carpenter while founding and running Rising Tide Sea Vegetables, a company that is still thriving today under new ownership. For the past thirteen years she has lived in a cozy twenty-five-foot-diameter yurt with no indoor plumbing except a sink and a two-gallon hot water heater. In addition to watching wildlife, leading nature walks, and giving slide presentations, Marianchild sings with two community choirs, kayaks, swims, and participates in the events of her beloved community. (Kate Marianchild was known as Kathy Roberts before she changed her name to honor her deceased mother.)