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UI Museum of Natural History sponsors April 19 lecture

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will present a lecture, "Spring Things," at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 19 in Macbride Hall.

The lecture, part of the Museum' Afternoon With a Scientist lecture series, will be delivered by Dean Abel, mycologist, author and photographer.

Abel is the co-author of A Guide to Kansas Mushrooms, as well as chairman of the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) Photography Committee and director of the annual NAMA Photo Contest. According to Abel, the secret to finding morel mushrooms in the spring is knowing when to look, as revealed by such indicators as the blooming of certain spring wildflowers. The slide program will feature Abel's photographs of many common Iowa wildflowers and mushrooms, as well as a lesson about distinguishing the edible from the inedible varieties.

The program is free and open to the public. For further information or to be placed on the Museum of Natural History mailing list, call David Brenzel, program coordinator, at 319-335-0482.