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2019 Summer-Fall Foray Schedule

Apologies for the late start posting the foray schedule…..

Please note:  Forays are for MMA members.  You are welcome to check one out if you’ve never been.  You can become a member at a foray.  It’s just $10.

Please refer to your latest member newsletter for driving directions.

August 10, Saturday, 9 am. Butler Head Preserve, Butler Head Road, Bath.
Host: Cheryl St. Pierre 725-4875 or 607-9226
This 133 acre preserve along Merrymeeting Bay is heavily wooded with pine, hemlock, birch, oak and beech of varying ages. It has some steep and marsh areas and good trails.

August 25, Sunday, 10 am. Trails at Reeds Brook Middle School, Hampden.
Host: Mary Yurlina 404-6430
There are several miles of trails that pass through wet lowlands along Reeds Brook, as well as uplands, traversing a variety of habitats including meadow, young woodlands and mature forest. Go to htts://google.com/reedsbrooktrails/trails-map for a map. The trail is adjacent to the west side of Reeds Brook Middle School. We will meet at the information sign near the trail which is in sight of and down slope from the access road to the school. After the foray, you can head over to Bangor for an afternoon of wonderful music and food at the American Folk Festival.

September 7, Saturday, 9:00, Rines Forest, 352-362 Range Road, Cumberland.
Host: Jeanne Farrell 860-307-0796.
Rines Forest is a 216 acre woodland comprised of hemlock, pine, oak, birch, maple and poplar. There are miles of moderate trails along streams and waterfalls with some wetlands and steep slopes. Parking is limited along Range Rd., more parking along Idlewood Dr.

September 22, Sunday, 9:30 am. Parker Pond, 30 Grant’s Point Road, Mount Vernon.
Host: Leonid Tsvetkov 585-330-4312
We will be at a camp on Parker Pond and will be foraying on Kennebec Land Trust property. Its forest consists of hemlock, pine, ash, and a few varieties of birches. There are boggy areas with cedar and birch. Leonid will have microscopes set up and available for use. Also kayaks!

October 5, Saturday, 10 am. Demeritt Forest, College Ave., Old Town/Orono.
Host: Seanna Annis 725-8412, sannis@maine.edu
This is an easy walking trail in a mixed forest with mostly hardwoods. Some streams run across the path providing wet areas.

October 19, Saturday, 10:00am, Greener Days Farm, 286 Miller Road, Waldoboro.
Hosts: Laura and Craig Martel, 449-7214.
A working farm with pigs and electric fence. Mixed forest with lots of new growth and some clearings. There are a lot of mid-age oaks, large birches, and large pines left as seed trees and an area along the brook that has not been cut. There is glacial till and ledge. Several seasonal streams and seeps and wetlands. If there has been any rain, mud boots are recommended. There is a mile long figure eight trail and lots of log roads.

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Thank you to all of our presenters!  It was a great series.

2019 Winter Talk Schedule

JANUARY

Alicyn Smart

Garden of Host Plants — Fungal Pathogens in Your Backyard

January 19, Saturday, 11:00 am, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast

Come learn about the hosts and life histories of some dodgier members of the fungal kingdom with Alicyn Smart.  Alicyn is an Assistant Extension Professor & Extension Plant Pathologist at University of Maine, Orono.  She identifies diseases present on plants submitted to the diagnostic lab at the University and many of these diseases are caused by fungal pathogens.  A lot of MMA members are gardeners, so this will be a good crossover presentation.  Alicyn will introduce us to some fungal actors in the garden and orchard and offer management recommendations.

Directions: Follow Route 3 to Belfast. From the Route 1 intersection take Main Street for 0.7 miles.  Bear slightly left to stay on Main Street.  In less than 0.1 mile take the first right onto High Street.  The Belfast Free Library is on the right in less than 0.1 mile just past Spring Street and diagonally across from the Belfast Co-op.  Parking is on street.

 

FEBRUARY

Seanna Annis

Spores!

February 2, Saturday, 11:00 am, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast

Come take a tour through the realm of spores from formation to dispersal…how do they become what they are? how they get to where they need to be?  Seanna is an Associate Professor of Mycology and Extension Professor with the University of Maine-Orono.  Her research examines the genetic diversity, physiology, and molecular biology of various fungal pathogens and applied aspects of control of fungi that attack lowbush blueberry.  

Directions: Follow Route 3 to Belfast. From the Route 1 intersection take Main Street for 0.7 miles.  Bear slightly left to stay on Main Street.  In less than 0.1 mile take the first right onto High Street.  The Belfast Free Library is on the right in less than 0.1 mile just past Spring Street and diagonally across from the Belfast Co-op.  Parking is on street.

Denise Bluhm

The Mushrooms I Have Eaten

February 17, Sunday, 11:00 am, Curtis Memorial Library (Morrell Reading Room), 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick

Denise is a physical therapist, geologist, Maine Master Naturalist, and amateur mushroom forager.  She’s been foraging for wild, edible mushrooms since 2011 and every year this obsession grows. In her presentation, Denise will highlight the common, edible Maine mushrooms that she has found and enjoyed over the years, including information on identification, flavor, and cooking techniques.

Directions: From I-295, take exit 28 (Brunswick, Route 1/Coastal Route). Continue east on Route 1 (Pleasant Street). At the third light continue straight where Route 1 bears left. Pleasant Street is now one-way. Curtis Library is 2.5 blocks down Pleasant Street on the right across from the Post Office. There is on street parking and additional parking behind the library. Please use the side entrance to the Morrell Meeting Room.

 

MARCH

Kevin Smith

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.  

Directions: From I-295, take exit 28 (Brunswick, Route 1/Coastal Route). Continue east on Route 1 (Pleasant Street). At the third light continue straight where Route 1 bears left. Pleasant Street is now one-way. Curtis Library is 2.5 blocks down Pleasant Street on the right across from the Post Office. There is on street parking and additional parking behind the library. Please use the side entrance to the Morrell Meeting Room.

Aaron Bergdahl

Diagnosing Disorders In Trees – An Introduction To Forest Pathology

March 9, Saturday, 10:30 am, Lithgow Public Library, 45 Winthrop Street, Augusta

Trees get sick, too. Viruses, bacteria, and fungi cause a wide range of symptoms that impact the appearance and productivity of trees, which in sever cases causes decline and death. Aaron will introduce us to this topic with an emphasis on fungal pathogens. Aaron Bergdahl is a Forest Pathologist for the Maine Forest Service where he provides technical assistance on tree health issues statewide.  

Directions.  The library is on the corner of State Street (Routes 8, 11, and 27) and Winthrop Street, just a couple of blocks up the hill from from downtown Augusta along the Kennebec River waterfront, and diagonally across from the Kennebec County Courthouse.  From I-95 take exit 109-A onto Western Avenue (Route 202). Continue East on Western Avenue, towards downtown and the airport. Follow the signs to the airport, taking a left onto Airport Road. Continue past the airport and Camp Keyes down the hill to Pleasant Street, just before the library. Parking is in the lot behind the library on Pleasant Street.

David Porter

Mushroom Microscopy

March 17, Sunday, 11:00 am, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast

When we use a 10x hand lens in the field, we are able to see details of the surfaces of mushrooms that might not otherwise be clear to our unaided eyes – surface scales and hairs, spore producing tissue, etc.  But in the laboratory, with a compound microscope and an increased resolution of 1000 times that of the unaided eye, the intricate magnified world is truly astonishing.  The details of mushroom spores and their exotic surface ornamentations, the remarkable development of filamentous mushroom tissue which creates the structure of stalk, cap and gills, the intricate cystidial structures that can be important in species determinations (but of unknown function), as well as many other hidden anatomical features expand our appreciation of the beauty of mushrooms and their place in the natural world.

Directions: Follow Route 3 to Belfast. From the Route 1 intersection take Main Street for 0.7 miles.  Bear slightly left to stay on Main Street.  In less than 0.1 mile take the first right onto High Street.  The Belfast Free Library is on the right in less than 0.1 mile just past Spring Street and diagonally across from the Belfast Co-op.  Parking is on street.

Greg Marley

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.