On September 26 the Friends hosted a fascinating field trip on fungi of the Preserve, led by UW Associate Professor Marie Trest. It was well attended by 37 participants, almost half of which were students. As it was clear many of the students were completely unfamiliar with fungi, Dr. Trest was able to clearly explain the life cycles and ecological value of fungi. A few times she encouraged everyone to spend a few minutes searching for fungi. She then identified and talked about each one, demonstrating the wide range of fungal biodiversity and ecological functions. Participants left with a good understanding of the diversity and benefits of fungi and the importance of accurate identification prior to consuming any mushrooms.
Friends Host and report- Kelly Kearns. Photos by Marian Farrior and Kelly Kearns