A bit more than a month ago my friend Tony invited me to help with the fungi portion of the 2014 Ontario Bioblitz.
"Bioblitz?" I said. "What the heck is a Bioblitz?"
|When documenting fungi for a Bioblitz, you document all fungi, like this |
Rhytism americanum, a tar spot that attacks native maples.
|A fresh specimen of Gloeoporus dichrous. During the Bioblitz, |
we only found a dried up one from the previous fall.
|That's a millimetre rule behind these fuzz-covered Lasiosphaeria ovina.|
|The honey locusts growing in our Bioblitz fungi-hunting area were treacherous!|
|We had to use a microscope to nail down the identity |
of these half-millimeter beauties, Lachnum subvirgineum.
Because there are a number of species at risk at the Alderville Black Oak Savanna site, this Bioblitz is not geared towards the public's participation in the same way that the much larger Ontario Bioblitz is, but if you'd like to visit the site you can book a tour by calling 905-352-1008. They also have programs and resources for schools, as well as an annual eco-friendly "Prairie Day," which, this year, is on Saturday, September 10.
*You can read about a few interesting things we found during the Alderville Bioblitz on my Weird & Wonderful Wild Mushrooms blog.