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Release: Oct. 1, 2002

UI Museum of Natural History sponsors Oct. 5 mushroom field trip

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will sponsor a 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 field trip in Macbride Nature Recreation Area on the joy of mushroom hunting and identification. The field trip, a continuation of the Museum's "Afternoon With a Scientist" public education and lecture series, will be led by Dean Abel and Damian Pieper.

The program is free and open to the public. Participants should gather at the sumac shelter, near the Raptor Center and approximately three miles inside the park, at 10 a.m., rain or shine, and be prepared for a two-hour hike by wearing sturdy shoes, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and a hat. Insect repellent, water, a paper bag or basket for collecting specimens and a hand-lens for identification are recommended. An identification session will follow the hike.

Abel, co-author of A Guide to Kansas Mushrooms, combines his passion for mycology with photography by serving as chair of the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) Photography Committee and director of the annual NAMA Photo Contest. Pieper is a member of the Iowa Native Plant Society and president of the Prairie States Mushroom Club, cosponsor of the field trip.

For further information, call David Brenzel, program coordinator, at 335-0482, or visit the Museum's web site at