Beginner Mushroom Walk - October 30
Join Sigrid Jacob and Tom Bigelow on a mushroom walk through our natural areas on Saturday, October 30, from 10:00 a.m. until noon.
This walk, geared toward beginners, will introduce you to the fascinating world of fungi. We will acquaint you with the broad groups of fungi and cover the roles they play in the environment as symbiotic partners with plants and trees, as recyclers, and as pathogens. We will cover the basics of where and when to look for mushrooms and how to go about identifying your finds – while walking the diverse habitats of the beautiful Untermyer Park and Gardens!
Sigrid Jakob - Sigrid is a passionate community scientist based in Brooklyn, New York. She currently serves as the president of the New York Mycological Society. She recently helped create a fungi-focused community science initiative for her local green space, Green-Wood Cemetery. When she's not working or out in a park or forest she extracts fungal DNA in her home lab or incubates cool-looking dung fungi.
Tom Bigelow - Tom has been a member of the New York Mycological Society since 2008, and served as the club’s president from 2016 to 2021. Tom was deeply influenced by Gary Lincoff, who instilled in him the necessity for a comprehensive fungal survey of the five boroughs of New York City, the pursuit of which brings the NYMS out to city parks every weekend, all year round. Tom’s interest in the Fungal Kingdom spans from field identification, to taxonomy, to photography, to gastronomy and is forever growing.
Dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes. If you have a Loupe, bring it with you (Tom suggests the Belomo 10x Triplet), or he will have extras to borrow.
Rain Date: Sunday, October 31 from 10:00 a.m. until noon.