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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 17, 2003

UI Museum Of Natural History Holds Mushroom Field Trip Oct. 25

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will sponsor a "last chance" mushroom field trip at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 in Palisades-Kepler State Park to introduce participants to the joy of hunting fall mushrooms.

"This will probably be the last chance of the season to find some fungi," according to field trip leaders Dean Abel and Damian Pieper. "We hope to find some choice edibles like Oyster Mushrooms, their cousin the Knothole Oyster, Cottage Cheese (or Marshmallow) Mushrooms, Hen-of-the-Woods (Goat's Beard) and Chicken-of-the-Woods (Sulphur Shelf).

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 the president of the Prairie State Mushroom Club, co-sponsor of this event.

The program is free and open to the public. Participants should gather inside the park in the first shelter on the left at 10 a.m., rain or shine, and be prepared for hiking by wearing sturdy shoes, long pants, long-sleeved shirt and hat. Insect repellent, water, a paper bag or basket for collecting specimens and a hand-lens for identification are recommended. The two-hour foray will be followed by an identification session for those wishing to stay.

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

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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