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May 31st 3:00 PM Fungi Walk - Live - Garrett Taylor
Take a walk with me and see what we find! I've been leading a mushroom walk for the past five years at the pilgrimage and was working to collect specimens from the park for science, pre-pandemic. It is part of a national initiative to have amateur mycologists, like myself, figure out what we Fungi we have and what we might still not know about. Field ID is more and more often left to the amateurs since it requires inordinate amounts of time and dedication which doesn't seem to correlate strongly with additional job opportunities. In my opinion, mycologists are the gems of biology, and should not be pigeonholed into anything but learning what they want to learn about mushrooms. Why send people into space when we don't know life on our planet? My work involves both my field ID skills and my research skills to determine what I have and if I've collected and/or sequenced it before. The goal is to sequence all that we've described and then fill in the gaps. I will take you on a short walk with me to see some interesting things that are beginning to happen in the park, from my perspective. See you then!

May 31, 2020 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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