CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
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
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 http://www.uiowa.edu/~nathist/.