A Painless Introduction to Mushrooms and a Walk in the Wild

October 02, 2016
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Mushrooms have been around for millions of years, and their activities make both life and death on our planet possible.   In this “fungi-filled” presentation, Dr. Lawrence Millman will discuss the ecology role of mushrooms: how they’re essential for plants and trees; how they’re highly efficient recyclers; and how, as parasites, they keep various ecosystems possible.  Please note that this presentation will not focus on edibles!

During the walk, Dr. Millman will show you how to identify mushrooms, not only from their features, but also from where they’re growing.   However, dry or uncompromising the weather, you will find at least 30 different species, some of which might be growing in quite unusual places.  You’ll also learn what those particular species are doing in their respective habitats as well as unlearn most of what you already know about mushrooms.   Bring a hand lens (if you have one), the appropriate footwear, and a spirit of adventure!

Author-mycologist Lawrence Millman’s 16 books include such titles as Last Places, Hiking to Siberia, Northern Latitudes, Fascinating Fungi of New England, and Giant Polypores & Stoned Reindeer: Rambles in Kingdom Fungi.   He has done mycological work in places as diverse as Greenland, Belize, the Canadian Arctic, Costa Rica, and Nantucket.   In 2006, he and fellow mycologist Bill Neill found a fungal specimen long thought to be extinct.   He lives in Cambridge, MA.

Date: October 02, 2016 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Location: Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill | 10 Meetinghouse Road, Truro, MA 02666 | 508-349-7511

Event website: castlehill.org

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10 Meetinghouse Road
Truro, MA 02666
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