Let's go on a mushroom walk and learn about the fungi in the forest and what they are doing. From breaking down dead wood to being the connection for tree communication and nutrient sharing, these fungi play a big part in the health of ecosystems. John Michelotti of Catskill Fungi will talk about the characteristics to identify fungi, their historic uses, health properties, and edibility.
John Michelotti is the founder and devotee of Catskill Fungi whose mission is to empower people with fungi though educational walks and workshops and mushroom health supplements which he produces from mushrooms foraged and grown on and around his family farm in the Catskill Mountains. John is a Former President of the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association (MHMA). He served on the Mushroom Advisory Panel for Certified Naturally Grown to develop ecological standards in mushroom production. His goal is to educate and inspire people to pair with fungi to improve health, communities, and the environment.
Take a leisurely walk with Lynn Bowdery along the meadow and woods paths, noticing the flowering plants along the way. Of course, we can look at and discuss other things that catch our attention. Binoculars can be useful to look at plants as well as birds and insects, so bring them if you wish. Depending on the weather, the paths can be wet or muddy, so wear appropriate shoes and bring your insect repellant of choice. Rain cancels.
Lynn Bowdery has always been fascinated with the outdoor world, slowly learning about plants and animals by walking around looking at things, reading field guides, going on field trips, talking to people, reading magazine articles, looking things up, and generally paying attention. She has for many years done nature-oriented volunteer work for Mohonk Preserve and is a member and volunteer of the John Burroughs Natural History Society. Lynn served WVLT as Land Steward for 13 years, which enabled her to explore many wonderful conserved properties in the course of creating baseline documentation for conservation easements and monitoring those easements.
What bird is making that sound? Are there ways to tell birds apart just by looking at how they fly? Join science teacher and long-time avid birder Chrissy Guarino to learn bird calls, as well as tools for identifying resident and migrating songbirds and waterfowl in the oxbow lake. Bring binoculars if you have them! (Please no pets and no children under seven.) Space is very limited for this walk.
Chrissy has been birding somewhat seriously since about 2004 when her folks brought her on a birding trip to Arizona that she didn’t think she’d find particularly interesting. She didn't expect to see a hummingbird banding station where they let you hold tiny buzzing hummingbirds until they fly off with their shiny new tinfoil bracelets. Soon after, she stumbled and bumbled into a (rare for our area) Sedge Wren in the Harcourt-Nyquist Sanctuary and became hooked on learning all about birds and what's around us! The best part is, she’s happy to say, that she’ll never run out of things to learn from the natural world.
So what are lichens, anyway? Explore some lichens and lichen habitats on Joppenbergh with Lynn Bowdery. Lynn has been trying to learn how to identify some of the lichens common in our region. She will try to share what she has learned about these intriguing creatures found on soil, rocks and trees. We might go off the paths depending on what we want to look at. Wear suitable shoes, and bring a strong magnifier or loupe if you have one. Some can be provided. Rain cancels. (Lynn will also be leading the Wildflowers Walk & Talk on 8/24. You can find her bio, above ^.)
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