An introduction to mushroom foraging for beginners - how to find mushrooms, how to identify the 5 best local edibles and 5 most important toxic species. Students will get a printed pamphlet/cheat sheet to take into the woods!
Mushrooms are an abundant and beautiful presence in our winter woods – their stunning colors and diverse forms brighten the dark understory when the rainy season has turned the forests misty.
However, despite their charismatic nature, mushrooms are rather poorly known – you may be surprised to find out how many of them are not named, and that much about their life histories remains mysterious to us.
We’ll learn how to recognize basic types of fungi as well as methods for identifying specific mushrooms (including edible and toxic species).
We’ll also cover basic mushroom biology and talk about the crucial roles they play in the functioning of ecosystems around the world. We’ll also do a bit of citizen science – even total beginners can make important discoveries in the world of mycology – there is much that remains to be discovered!
Please bring: Weather appropriate clothing and shoes, lunch and water, notebook. Optional: A camera and/or a smartphone with the iNaturalist App installed with a personal iNaturalist account
A free community mushroom walk to celebrate the New Year!
This is the perfect time and place for beginning birders to familiarize themselves with ducks and other waterfowl - some of our most charismatic birds.