Mushroom Day at The Holden Arboretum – Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sulphur Shelf, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Sulphur Shelf, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Earlier this year, on February 14, I presented a slide program, Mushrooms of Ohio, as part of a Fireside Lecture Series at The Holden Arboretum. Mushrooms are conspicuously absent in Ohio in midwinter, but I promised to help organize a “Mushroom Day” at Holden later in the year, during the summer months, when abundant rain triggers the appearance of hundreds of species of fungi in woodlands throughout the Buckeye state. Mushroom Day will be held on Sunday, September 25, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at The Holden Arboretum.

Coral Mushrooms (Clavaria sp.), Clear Fork Reservoir, Ohio
Coral Mushrooms (Clavaria sp.), Clear Fork Reservoir, Ohio

Ohio has more than 2,000 kinds of fungi. Ohio’s premier field mycologist and author Walt Sturgeon will present a slide program about mushrooms and how to  identify them. Also participating will be naturalist Debra Shankland, President of the Ohio Mushroom Society, who will share some tasty recipes for cooking edible mushrooms, and I will share tips on photographing mushrooms. Participate in forays to Holden’s woodlands to observe and collect mushrooms for display and identification. Holden’s Research Director Dr. David Burke will explain how Holden uses fungi to study the health of forest soil and how DNA analysis is used to identify fungi being studied in Holden’s forest ecosystems. Mushroom books, fliers and other mushroom-related materials will be  available for purchase, including signed copies of  Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and the Midwestern States: A Resource Handbook and Mushrooms of the Northeast, both co-authored by Walt Sturgeon.

Here’s a link to a gallery of mushroom photographs on my website.

Additional information on Mushroom Day at The Holden Arboretum is available here: Flier – Holden Mushroom Day – Compressed

Join us for this fun day exploring the amazing world of mushrooms!

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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