Members met at the Morris Farm in Wiscasset on Sunday 28 April 2019 to play with pots of mushroom and lichen dyes. Colorful fun was had by all. Special thanks goes to Michaeline Mulvey for gathering all the materials, equipment, books, and instructions for the activity AND being on duty for hours to guide us and answer all our questions.
Regional Mushroom Poisoning Update with a Few Unexpected Sickenings and Puzzles
March 31, Sunday 2 pm, Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street, Camden
Greg Marley has been consulting as a volunteer with Poison Centers across New England for the past 15 years. Combined with his decided interest in eating a delicious range of mushrooms, he brings an unique perspective to balance the excitement of edible mushrooms with the concern over risk of poisoning. Greg will review the increasing numbers of toxic mushroom exposures seen across the region as more people engage in foraging for edible mushrooms and mistakes are made. He will also focus on 2 significant cases and the questions they raise.
Directions to the Camden Library: Take Rte. 1 into Camden from the North or South. The library is across from the intersection of Rte. 1 and Rte. 52 on the North edge of the village.
False morel (Gyromitra esculenta) contains gyromitrin which can cause delayed vomiting and diarrhea sometimes followed by seizures and other neurologic difficulties, and is quite carcinogenic.
Greg has written a new booklet on the topic of New England mushrooms that can sicken and poison. Full color, 13-page PDF can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
Wood Decay Fungi Link The Living Tree To Living Soil
March 2, Saturday, 11:00 am, Curtis Memorial Library (Morrell Reading Room), 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick
The bane of many a homeowner, wood decay fungi are an integral part of forested ecosystems. In this year’s presentation for MMA, Kevin is going to delve into this topic, which happens to be his professional passion. Kevin is a plant physiologist and forest researcher with the U.S. Forest Service in Durham, NH. His research specialties include studying decay fungi and the responses of trees to storm related injuries.