10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon / $10
IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS & THE MYCO-CURIOUS"
This 2-hour workshop will include a brief introduction to fungi, their basic anatomy, and their key macro-characteristics. Through the use of PowerPoint presentations, hand-outs, lively discussion, and small group hands-on exercises, students will learn: reliable collecting techniques, what to look for and record for increased chances of obtaining a reliable identification, the use of simple dichotomous keys, and how to sharpen observational skills by learning to write a mushroom description. By the conclusion of the class, participants will be able to identify mushrooms to major groups and in some cases, to species. Register:
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - MUSHROOMS OF GEORGIA" / free
Mushrooms in the wild present an enticing challenge: some are delicious, others are deadly, and still others take on almost unbelievable forms.
Dr. ALAN E. BESSETTE, Ph.D., is a professional mycologist and distinguished emeritus professor of biology at Utica College of Syracuse University. A member of the North American Mycological Society, the Asheville Mushroom Club and the Gulf States Mycological Society, he has published numerous papers in the field of mycology and has authored or co-authored more than twenty-five books, including: Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America, Mushrooms of the Southeastern United States, and A Field Guide to the Mushrooms of the Carolinas.
Alan served as a consultant for the New York State Poison Control Center and was the scientific adviser to the Mid-York Mycological Society for more than twenty years. He has been the principal mycologist at national and regional forays, and was the recipient of the 1987 Mycological Foray Service Award and of the 1992 North American Mycological Association Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology. Alan is a coauthor of the forthcoming book, Mushrooms of the Gulf Coast States.
ARLEEN BESSETTE, MA, is a clinical psychologist, still "working" as an amateur mycologist and botanical photographer. She has been collecting and clinical studying wild mushrooms for more than forty years. A member of the North American Mycological Association, the Asheville Mushroom Club and The Gulf States Mycological Society, she has published several papers in the field of mycology and has authored or co-authored more than fifteen books, including Mushrooms of the Southeastern United States, Boletes of Eastern North America, and A Field Guide to the Mushrooms of the Carolinas.
Arleen has won several awards in the North American Mycological Association’s annual photography competition, including top honors in both the documentary and the pictorial divisions. She teaches courses on mycology, dyeing with mushrooms and the culinary aspects of mycophagy on both national and regional levels. She is a coauthor of the forthcoming book, Mushrooms of the Gulf Coast States.
Working with the
"HIBBIT FUNGAL TREE OF LIFE" chart with Alan and Arleen Bessette and their incredible ID team (below).
Dr. Alan Bessette and Arleen Bessette:
Teachers, authors, dedicated mycologists and world travelers.
The Gang of Three:
Sarah Prentice, Alan Rockefeller, Jacob Pulk.