Following a much needed early-week rain, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB) hosts an evening Mushroom Walk led by local mycologist Michaeline Mulvey on Thursday, September 13th at 5pm in Woolwich. This free all-ages event is open to the public and families are encouraged to attend.
The Maine woods are a veritable goldmine for wild mushrooms, the fruiting bodies of our native fungi. New England’s weather conditions create excellent habitat for these spore-bearing organisms, many of which are easy to identify. Some species are edible and some contain a multitude of medicinal qualities. With only 5% of the world’s 1.5 million estimated fungi species identified, there is much to be explored in the world of mushrooms.
President and Director of the Maine Mycological Society, Michaeline Mulvey will lead this foray on an important property protected in large part by FOMB. Participants will meet in Woolwich (detailed directions will be given upon required pre-registration) and are encouraged to weargood walking shoes. Attendees should bring a collection basket, and knife and are welcome to bring mushrooms from home for show and tell or for help with identification. Please register for this outing with Ed Friedman at 666-3372
The next outing in FOMB’s Outside! series will be a circumnavigation of Swan Island on Sunday, September 16th from 3:15-5:30 pm. Leading this narrated cruise on the MDIF&W ferry is Jay Robbins, president of Friends of Swan Island. Register with Jay at 737-2239.
For more information on FOMB programs, and or to volunteer for Fall Bay Day on September 25th for 4th graders, call Ed at 666-3372 or go to the FOMB web site at: www.friendsofmerrymeetingbay.org .