ONLINE MUSHROOM IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP
Although the world is in lockdown, the fungi are running riot out there in the forest! The recent rains could mean we are in for a bumper fungus season.
Why do fungi matter in our forests and gardens?
What makes Australian fungi so special?
And how do we differentiate the desirable from the deadly?
This online workshops introduces participants to the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi. Participants will learn to recognise the major fungus morphogroups; the various parts of different types of fungi; and the features used to make identifications. During an interactive session we will then work through participants’ specimens and identify and discuss them.
While it would have been great to be out in the forest, at least we won’t be wrangling with leeches!
TO NOTE: Participants will need a computer with a good internet connection, camera and microphone. Participants are encouraged to collect a couple of fungus specimens in the days before the workshop. Only collect specimens in good condition, without any decay, so we can see the necessary features for identification. When collecting your specimens, remember not all fungi have the typical mushroom cap-and-stalk style form. Also look for other forms such as puffballs, bracket fungi, coral fungi or anything that you suspect might just be a fungus!
Further workshops can be viewed at this link.
SATURDAY 13 JUNE 2020
TIME: 10:00 – 12:00