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The Fascinating Kingdom of Fungi
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9 am – noon
Two-Echo Co-housing Community, Echo Road, Brunswick, ME 04011
(approx. 35 minutes from Lewiston, Augusta, and Portland)
As a Maine Master Naturalist, you have become expert with many aspects of animals and plants, but did you know there’s another major kingdom of life that’s vital to the ecology? Did you know that 90% of the biomass of forest soils is fungi? Did you know that at least 90% of vascular land plants (including most of our forest trees) depend upon symbiotic fungi for their health and survival?
In this class, will learn about what makes fungi unique and special. We’ll discuss the vital ecological roles that fungi play, from being the primary decomposers of forest debris to the under-appreciated mycorrhizal symbiosis with plants.
This is a non-technical three-hour workshop, which will be split into two parts. The first half is an indoor presentation and discussion to give you a basic understanding of fungi and mushrooms. The second half is where the real fun begins, when we venture outside to discover evidence of fungi at work in the forest ecology. Among the things we’ll look for the following: mushrooms; “white” and “brown” wood rot; pileated woodpecker excavations; bird nesting cavities, Indian Pipe, and (if we are lucky), the seed pods of Lady’s Slippers. All of these things have remarkable stories to tell about fungi.
Requirements and Prerequisites:
Sturdy shoes for the hike, and your hand lens.
Alan Seamans, MMNP Lewiston grad
Through Wednesday, October 3