On the Friends field trip this morning, exploring the Class of 1918 Marsh, Glenda Denniston spotted a bunch of Shaggy Mane mushrooms (Coprinus comatus) popping up in the athletic field along the path. She reported that they are edible and excellent when sliced lengthwise and fried in butter. These pretty fungi are aptly named for their frilly head dress. Photo G. Denniston.
Shaggy Mane mushrooms are common in late summer or fall. They tend to grow in fairly hard soil, rather than loose forest floors, and are found along roadsides or even compacted grassy areas such as the playing fields.
What you see on the photo is a mountain of Motherwort plants pulled near the tip of Picnic Point by volunteers, led by Bryn Scriver of the Preserve staff on July 25.
Motherwort is an invasive plant and well established along disturbed edges and trails in the Preserve, but it’s easy to overlook. Motherwort is a perennial that produces sharp stick-tight seeds along its stem that readily travel on fur and clothing and produce huge numbers of seedlings. It invaded some of the new plantings on Picnic Point in a very short period. Thanks for pulling!! The next volunteer day is Sunday, Sept 21, meeting at Frautschi Point Parking lot.
Earlier in August Arlene and Jeff Koziol observed a juvenile Green Heron in the marsh at Picnic Point. This is great news that the Green Heron, symbolic for Friends and the Preserve, bred successfully in the marsh. See more photos at Green Heron and watch for more details on Roma Lenehan's 2014 the Bird Breeding study in the Preserve.
Gisela Kutzbach and contributors