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  1. Thursday, 07 February 2013 00:08 Conner Prairie BioBlitz June 8th and 9th Volunteer Manual & Information If you have never been to a Bioblitz before, they are an amazing way to learn about nature from the top experts in many different fields. There are usually specialists on plants, mammals, birds, insects, and of course, fungi. The goal of a bioblitz is to catalog the total number of living species in a given area. This page will be updated as more information is available. As of now, I do not have the times when this will be occurring on Saturday and Sunday. I also have a question about camping at the event which will be answered shortly as well. If you would like to attend, please email steve@hoosiermushrooms.org with your name and how many will be attending. I would like to get a count for the organizers well before the event. Schedule: Saturday, June 8th 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Mandatory Bioblitz Check-In and Orientation (Please park in the Blacksmith Lot. Check-In will be located in the Bayt Pavilion) After Orientation Survey Begins 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Catered Dinner (Bayt Pavilion) Sunday, June 9th 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast (Bayt Pavilion) Noon Survey Officially Ends 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Presentation of Findings (Featherston Barn) Information from the organizers follows: Hello Everyone, This year the Indiana Academy of Science through the Biodiversity and Natural Areas Committee is helping to sponsor a two day [Saturday through Sunday, June 8th & 9th] bioblitz at Conner Prairie, Fishers, IN [just north of Indy]. The bioblitz will be coupled with a festival, i.e., a series of interactive events between Conner Prairie staff, various partners throughout the state, and the public; even members of the bioblitz who wish to interact with the public can. The basic habitats at the site include a number of restored prairies, pastures/fields, woodlands, and a riparian corridor along the White River. The site consists of approximately 800 acres (see attached map of the site). As always, we are looking for volunteers to participate in the bioblitz. You have been contacted because you have participated in one or more of the IAS sponsored bioblitzes in the last four years. This year I will organize the bioblitz participants and Gail Brown and staff at the site will organize the festival and bioblitz schedule. For the participants, Saturday dinner, Sunday continental breakfast, and snacks for both days will be provided. To engage the public in the actual survey, one of the barns will be turned into a bioblitz HQ. This would provide work space for anyone on the survey, and serve as a place where updates could be provided, specimens displayed, pictures shared, etc. with guests. In addition, the Prairie House at the site will be used for indoor camping. It is a large carpeted room with restroom facilities where folks could sleep on the floor. Please consider joining the bioblitz team for an enjoyable 24 hour event! Contacts: Bioblitz Coordinator: Program Developer: Don Ruch, PhD Gail Brown Department of Biology 13400 Allisonville Rd. Ball State University Fishers, IN 46038 Muncie, IN 47306 317.776.6000 ext. 223 765.285-8829 GBrown@connerprairie.org druch@bsu.edu Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 22:45
  2. Scaly Inky - Coprinopsis variegata - Griffy Woods - Bloomington, IN The first big change for the society directly is that we will be collecting dues for this year. The yearly dues will be $15 for an individual and $20 for a family. We are not going to require a membership to attend our events in this transition year, but if you are not a member we would ask for a donation to attend the events. $5 would be the suggestion. This will allow us to begin building some funds to attract big name guides from out of state to come and lead our forays. Learn how to become a member. Hoosier Mushroom Society Events: Some of the dates for the forays are starting to be finalized. Be sure to let us know if you have any suggestions for locations. We will try to fit them in. Never been to a foray? Check out our About Mushroom Forays page on what to expect, and what to bring. March 3 - Winter Tree ID Hike - Griffy Reservoir - 1pm - Info March 30 - Patoka Lake - Early Season Morel Hunt - 1pm - Info - Register April 6 -Martin State Forest - Morel Hunt - 1pm - Info - Register April 13 - Changed: Bloomington, IN - Morel Hunt - 1pm - Info - Register April 19-21 – Simply Music, Simply Mushrooms Festival – Morgantown, IN - Info - Tickets April 27-28 – Mansfield Mushroom Festival – Mansfield, IN May 4 – Morel Sale – Brown County State Park, Nashville, IN May 25 - Yellowood State Forest - 1pm - 3pm - Species List - Pictures June 8-9 - Conner Prairie Bioblitz - Fishers, IN - Info - Register June 15 - Griffy Woods - Bloomington, IN - 10am - 12pm - Info July 20 - Morgan-Monroe State Forest - Backcountry Camping Area - 10am - 12pm - More Info August 3 - Potato Creek State Park - South Bend, IN 3pm - 5pm - Camping - Info August 4 - Dunes State Park - Chesterton, IN - 3pm - 5pm - Limited Number of Participants -Info August 24 - Lieber SRA - 10am - 12pm - Info August 24 - Shades SP - 4pm - 6pm - Camping -Info August 25 - Turkey Run SP - 10am - 12 pm- Info September 19 - Mounds State Park - 10am-12pm - More Info September 19 - Summit Lake SP - 3pm-5pm - More Info September 20 - Eagle Creek - Indianapolis, IN - 10am -12pm & 2pm - 4pm - More Info September 28 - Lafayette, IN area - More Info September 29 - Dunes State Park - Cancelled October - Date and location TBD Other Events of Interest: August 10-14 - Mycological Society of America – Austin, TX August 15-18 – Telluride Mushroom Festival – Telluride, CO August 30 – September 2 – COMA Foray – CT October 24-27 – NAMA Foray – Shepherd of the Ozarks, AR Other events without dates: Wildacres Foray – NC Southwest Regional Foray SOMA Camp - CA NEMF Foray – Ontario, Canada
  3. Wednesday, 12 September 2012 23:15 We are meeting with a group of Lafayette mushroom hunters for our (maybe annual) fall foray in their area. On the 29th of September, we will meet at Ross Hills Park. It is about 10 minutes west of West Lafayette in Tippecanoe County. A link to the park follows: http://www.tippecanoe.in.gov/parks/division.asp?fDD=17-62 As always bring comfortable shoes, proper attire, a bag or basket for your mushrooms, and water. A knife and hand lens are always helpful if you have them. Bring a food item for after the afternoon walk. We will have a small picnic. After we eat, we will be heading out again for a second walk. Bring whatever is your favorite main or side dish. Probably ~15 people or so attending. Meet at ***Hentchel Shelter*** at 1:30 PM - Was Sullivan. Had to change shelters. camp grounds are available: http://www.tippecanoe.in.gov/parks/division.asp?fDD=17-63 Severa of us will be camping out the evening after the event. You are welcome to join us after a day of walking. Please RSVP here - Facebook Last Updated on Friday, 28 September 2012 22:04
  4. Thursday, 30 August 2012 15:06 We are fortunate enough to have a great Mycologist coming to our state on September 8th - the same date that we were planning on Lieber Recreational area in Cloverdale. I am going to cancel our hike, and would encourage you to attend this hike. Dr. Methven is a specialist in Lactarius species, and knows the Midwestern species very well. The Shades State Park area has received the most rain in the state, so that is where the mushrooms are. I was there the 28th and 29th, and mushrooms are everywhere. Look forward to seeing you there: INPAWS Hike: Mushrooms of Shades State Park Saturday, September 8, 2012 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Eastern Daylight Time Shades State Park, Montgomery, Parke and Fountain Counties, Indiana Leader: Dr. Andrew Methven, Eastern Illinois University Trail Conditions: Moderate to rugged and likely to be muddy in places, approx. 1 mile long. Mosquitoes and other annoying insects possible. What To See: Shades State Park is located about 17 miles southwest of Crawfordsville. The beautiful sandstone cliffs overlooking Sugar Creek and numerous shady ravines provide the backdrop for a journey through a nature lover’s (and, when wet, a mushroom hunter’s) paradise. We will collect mushrooms for 1.5 to 2 hrs and then return to the picnic area for lunch and to look at our specimens. If you have one, bring a hand lens. You should also bring a basket or backpack to collect mushrooms in. I’ll bring wax bags and plastic containers for your specimens. Directions: Meet in the parking lot adjacent to the only picnic area indicated on the state park map; see web link below, or pick up map at park entrance. From Crawfordsville: Take Rt 47 south to Rt 234. Turn right (west) on Rt 234 and follow signs to park entrance.From Veedersburg: Take Rt 41 south to Rt. 47. Turn left (east) on Rt. 47 to Waveland, then turn left (north) on Co Rd 750 W to a “T” with Rt. 234. Turn left (west) and follow signs to Shades State Park. From Rockville: Take Rt 41 north. Turn right (east) on Rt 47 to Waveland. See above for directions from Waveland. See: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2970.htm for a park map. Questions? Contact Andy Methven by email ( asmethven@eiu.edu) or phone 217-581-6241 by 7 September 2012. No RSVP required. We will hike rain or shine. A nominal fee is charged for entrance to the park. Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 September 2012 21:48
  5. Thursday, 07 June 2012 18:25 Paynesville SRA Foray June 16th, 2012 - 1pm This event has been cancelled due to lack of rain and no mushrooms. The first organized outing of the year for the Hoosier Mushroom Society will be on June 16th, 2012 at 1pm. Paynestown SRA is located just south of Bloomington, IN near Lake Monroe on Highway 446. We will be meeting in a large gravel parking lot on the north side of the main road, where the Whitetail Trail meets the Nature Trails. This location has a mix of oak-hickory forests, as well as a section of pine. This is a chance for people to learn about mushrooms in their natural environments. Attendees walk through the woods, identifying and collecting mushrooms as they go. At the end, we will meet as a group and go over what was found, as well as the key identifying features. The summer mushrooms are just starting to come out, so we should have a nice assortment of finds. What to bring: Basket for collecting mushrooms Small Pocket Knife Water No sandals - we will likely be walking off the trail a bit. Paynetown State Recreational Area Map Last Updated on Friday, 15 June 2012 18:24
  6. Wednesday, 02 May 2012 20:19 2012 Schedule of Events Here are the proposed dates for the Hoosier Mushroom Society events in 2012. There may be some changes later in the year, so this schedule should be considered tentative until closer to the event dates...especially the ones later in the year. Additional information on individual events will be posted the month before the event takes place. HMS Events: May 5th - Morel Festival - Brown County State Park Nature Center - Flyer - Program June 16th - Paynetown SRA - Lake Monroe, IN - 1 pm - Canelled due to lack of rain July 21st - Griffy Reservoir - Bloomington, IN - 10am - 12pm - - Species List August 11th - Yellowood State Forest - Brown Co, IN - 11am - Species List September 8th - Shades State Park - 10 am - 1 pm - Location Changed September 29th - Lafayette, IN Area - Species List and Pictures October 13th - Morgan Monroe State Forest - Cherry Lake Shelter - 1:30 pm - Species List October 27th - None October Mushrooms in Indiana Bloomington Mushroomers Other events of interest: July 15-19 - Mycological Society of America Meeting - Yale University - New Haven, CT August 2-5 - NEMF Foray - East Strousburg, PA August 16-19 - Telluride Mushroom Festival - Telluride, CO August 31- Sept. 3 - Southwest Regional NAMA Foray - Portal, AZ September 13-15 - COMA Foray - Hebron, CT September 20-23 - Wildacres Regional Foray - Wildacres, NC December 13-16 - NAMA Annual Foray - Scotts Valley, CA Last Updated on Saturday, 27 October 2012 03:13
  7. Monday, 19 September 2011 21:59 Upcoming Mushroom Event - Lafayette, IN - October 8 The Hoosier Mushroom Society adn the Lafayette mycology group foray at 2 PM Sat. 8 Oct, Tippecanoe Battlefield picnic area, 200 Battle Ground Avenue, Battle Ground, IN. Directions in attached map with yellow lines: From I-65 exit 178 follow signs to Tippecanoe Battlefield for 2.5 miles: Turn south on IN 43 for 0.5 miles. Turn SW on Burnett Road for 0.4 miles to North 9th street/county rd. 100 east. Turn N on CR 100 and go 1.6 miles to the park entrance. We’ll foray several nearby locations and then tour the Purdue University Arthur Herbarium laboratory where we can microscopically examine our specimens. Please join us for a potluck picnic after the tour. Please bring your favorite dish to this event. Camping is available at Prophetstown park and several other places. Several of us will be camping at this event, and we would invite you to join. Honeys, hens, and many other species are expected to be abundant. Please read our About Mushroom Forays page if you are new to mushroom hunting. Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2011 04:54
  8. Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:44 Sorry to those who received an email with August in the headline. Schedule for Saturday Sept. 3rd. Gary, Indiana. 10 a.m. Miller Woods: Meet at the small parking lot, just north of the parking lot to the Paul H. Douglas Center For Environmental Education. This PHD Center is on Lake St. in the Miller part of Gary. Follow google map directions to PHD then just past the parking lot for that on the east side of the road (and just north a foot bridge) there is a little parking lot on the west side of the road. I usually park there as sometimes the other one is closed. At about 1-1:30ish, we’ll head to the oak forest just west of the National Park HQ at 1100 N Mineral Springs Rd, Porter, IN 46304. Plenty of parking there, meet towards the western most parking areas. If that’s slow, we can walk thru Cowles Bog, just up the road. Please call 765-532-4227 to contact me if you have any questions or need some help with directions. Schedule for Sunday Sept. 4th Chicago, IL Then the next day, September 4th, we will be attending the Illinois Mycological Society Mushroom Show at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. That information follows: Illinois Mycological Association Mushroom Show & Sale September 4, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Illinois Mycological Association celebrates the richness of fall mushrooms in Illinois with an exhibit of 50 to 100 varieties of mushroom foraged from area forests. Members provide information and answer questions regarding mushrooms and fungi. A children's education area is available, and mushrooms, books, and t-shirts will be for sale. Mycology is the study of fungi and their use to humans as a source for medicine and food, as well as their dangers, such as poisoning or infection, and their benefits to natural ecosystems. Schedule for the rest of September Sept. 17 - HMS Foray - Yellowood State Forest - Bloomington, IN - Meet at Ranger's Station parking lot. 1 pm. Sept. 24 - HMS Foray - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN - Meet at Fire Tower. 1 pm. Hope to see you there. Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2011 18:46
  9. Thursday, 21 July 2011 13:21 Due to the extreme heat in the area, and the lack of fungi at Salamonie Reservoir, we will be postponing the upcoming Saturday foray. I was out there yesterday, and there is still not much going on fungally. I still want to have an event in North-Central Indiana, so we will be moving it to the Aug. 27 slot. This will also allow us to move the NW Indiana foray to Sept. 3rd, and those planning on attending can also plan on attending a mushroom show in Chicago the next day. Details for this event, as well as events through September follow... Aug. 27 - HMS Foray - Salamonie Reservoir - Lost Bridge West - Tree Trail - Andrews, IN- 3pm Sept. 3 - HMS Foray - Northwest Indiana Foray - Dunes State Park (Or nearby) Sept. 4- Mushroom Show - Chicago Botanic Garden - Illinois Mycological Society Sept. 17 - HMS Foray - Yellowood State Forest - Bloomington, IN Sept. 24 - HMS Foray - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN
  10. Tuesday, 15 March 2011 22:29 Learn Morel Mushrooms Tom Nauman from Morel Mania will be in Bloomington on Saturday April 9th to give a presentation on Morel Mushrooms. The event will take place at RCA Park in Bloomington, IN. Tom will give a discussion on morels, followed by a Q&A, which will be followed by a hunt in the woods around the park. The event will start at 1 pm. Brown County Mushroom Hunt The first event of the Hoosier Mushroom Society will be held on Saturaday, April 16, 2011 in Brown County Indiana. We are organizing this event with another group, so we will release the exact location much closer to the final date. We are going to have a staggered schedule throughout the day, so you can come and enjoy the day with us as your time permits. We are using the ticketing system here just to get an idea about how many people we should plan on attending. You can come without a ticket, but we request that you reserve one for our planning purposes. We are accepting donations for this event, so that we may have some funding to pay the travel fees for potential speakers or professional mycologists at forays later in the year. 8:00 am - Gather to begin the day and head out 12:00 - 1:00 pm - Meet back at starting point for lunch 5:00 - 6:00 pm - Meet back at camp for dinner 6:00 - dark - Final Hunt (Sunset around 8:20) - Raffle - Campfires - Music * Food and Beverage will NOT be provided. BYOF BYOB *This would be an adult only campsite. *Kids welcome to the daily forays. Please signup to attend this event, so we know how many people to expect. We will be camping at our final location, and you are welcome to join us for the evening. There may be a nominal additional fee for camping depending upon the final location that we decide on. Hope to see you there! Also be sure to check out the Morel Event on April 9th with Tom Nauman from Morel Mania in Bloomington, IN. email steve@hoosiermushrooms.com with any questions you may have. Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2011 23:56
  11. Monday, 11 July 2011 23:49 July Events 2011 We are going to be doing several events this July in Indiana. It has been extraordinarily hot, and will likely continue to be so, be sure to look at the weather before the event. If there are heat advisories for either of these days, then the event will be canceled. (It is 94 with a heat index of 115 as I write this in Bloomington.) Any such advisory will be posted on this page. Also, we were originally going to be out at Salamonie on the 16th, but I went out there a couple days ago, and it was virtually devoid of fungi. July 16th – Griffey Woods (Bloomington, IN) First, this upcoming Saturday, July 16th, we will be meeting at Griffey Woods in Bloomington, IN. We will meet at the parking lot on Hadley/Hinkle Rd. on the North side of Griffey Reservoir. Meeting time will be at 3pm and we will walk for an hour or so. July 23rd – Salamonie Reservoir (Andrews, IN) – Tree & Mushroom ID The next meeting will take place July 23rd at 3pm. We are going to be meeting at Salamonie Reservoir – Lost Bridge West SRA. We will be walking along Tree Trail. Salamonie Reservoir is located just east of Wabash Indiana. Lost Bridge West SRA is a wooded area on the south side of the reservoir. It is located just north of the intersection of IN-105 and IN-124. Going north on 105, turn left to go towards Lost Bridge West. Enter into the park, and there will be a $5 fee per car, unless you have a yearly DNR pass ($38). Follow the road all the way back to the boat ramp near the reservoir. On the backside of the parking lot is the entrance to the Tree Trail where we will meet. Aside from mushrooms, the tree trail will give everyone a chance to review or to become better acquainted with tree identification. It is an interpretive trail with around 20 trees trail that have the species name on them. Email steve@hoosiermushrooms.com if you have any questions on these events. Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 July 2011 00:00
  12. Saturday, 15 January 2011 03:51 Winter Tree ID Workshop Saturday, February 19 Download the Flyer for this Event Do trees in winter leave you cold? Don’t know a poplar from pine? Well now is the chance to learn more about the winter woodlands through a “Winter Tree ID and Winter Botany Workshop” at Brown County State Park on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 10 am to noon (EST). Presenters for the workshop will be Dan Shaver from The Nature Conservancy, Dan McGuckin, Consulting Forester, Habitat Solutions and Jim Eagleman, Interpretive Naturalist. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by the Brown County Native Woodlands Project, http://bcnwp.org, and the program will take place at Brown County State Park Lower Shelter House. Please be sure to dress for the weather. Park admission fee charged: $5/IN resident, $7, out-of-state. Enter at North gate entrance. Need more information? Please contact Jim Eagleman, 812-988-5240, JEagleman@dnr.in.gov. To register for this free event visit http://bcnwp-winter-treeid.eventbrite.com/ or call 812-988-0246 Last Updated on Saturday, 15 January 2011 04:00
  13. Tuesday, 11 January 2011 02:30 2011 HMS Schedule of Events We are going to have quite a busy year with The Hoosier Mushroom Society. We will get together nearly every month for a foray somewhere in the state. A tentative schedule for the upcoming year follows. Please email us at steve@hoosiermushrooms.com with your input, as some small changes are likely to occur. This schedule should allow those interested in the organization from different parts of the state to have an event they can attend nearby, and will allow others to get out and see the many special places Indiana has to offer. More information on individual events will be posted as the date nears. TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (THERE WILL LIKELY BE CHANGES) Hoosier Mushroom Society Events April 9 - HMS Presentation - Tom Nauman from Morel Mania in Bloomington. April 16 - HMS Foray - Morel Search at Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN May 21st - HMS Foray - Yellowood State Forest - Bloomington, IN July16 - HMS Foray - Salamonie Reservoir - Andrews, IN Aug. 27 - HMS Foray - Northwest Indiana Foray - Dunes State Park Sept. 3 - HMS Foray - Yellowood State Forest - Bloomington, IN Sept. 24 - HMS Foray - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN October 8 - HMS Foray - Lafayette, IN Area October 22 - HMS Late-Season Foray - Eagle Creek - Indianapolis, IN Other Events of Interest February 14 - Screening of "Dirt!" the movie. - Purdue - West Lafayette, IN - 3:30 pm, Lilly 2-425 February 19 - Winter Tree ID workshop - Brown County State Park - 10am to noon March 28 - “The First Morel” — a mushroom presentation by Don Ruch, Biology Professor at Ball State - West Lafayette, IN April 22-24 - Spring Wildflower Foray - Brown Co, IN April 30 - May 1 - Morel Festival in Mansfield, IN May 7th - Morel Festival at Brown County State Park August 1-6 - Mycological Society of America Meeting - Fairbanks, AK August 5-7 - North American Mycological Association Foray (NAMA) - Western Pennsylvania *Recommend* August 11-14 - North East Mycological Federation (NEMF) Foray - New York August 18-21 - Telluride Mushroom Festival - Telluride, CO September 17-18 - The Hoosier Outdoor Experience - Fort Harrison SP - Indianapolis, IN We generally plan on camping out at each of these HMS Foray events that occur in reasonable temperatures. The poor weather replacement day will be on the day after the scheduled foray listed. If you attend state parks often, or are considering attending several of our events, I would suggest purchasing a DNR annual entrance permit. Also, if you are looking to go out into the woods on a more frequent basis. There will be numerous afternoon opportunities to go out into the woods in the Bloomington area. Just send an email, and let us know that you are interested. Last Updated on Thursday, 21 April 2011 18:23
  14. Friday, 03 September 2010 17:31 The next meeting of this organization will take place September 11th at 3pm. We are going to be meeting at Morgan-Monroe State Forest. There is a shelter located near Cherry Lake - at the junction of Forest Rd. and Service Rd. There is a large picnic area, and it is close to the forest office. As with the last event, we would ask everyone to bring a good food or drink item so we can have a pitch-in dinner at the end of the event. Also, BYOB/cocktails. IF WE CONTINUE THIS CYCLE OF NO RAIN, THIS EVENT WILL BE POSTPONED. PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL, OUR BLOG, OR OUR FACEBOOK PAGE BEFORE THE EVENT TO MAKE SURE IT IS STILL ON AS SCHEDULED. Directions: Morgan Monroe State Forest is located between Martinsville, IN and Bloomington, IN - just east of State Road 37. Coming either North or South on S.R. 37, there will be signage along side the road for an entrance into the State Forest. Follow the signs toward the Park Office, which is very near the Cherry Lake Shelter. Camping: Available at the Mason Ridge Campground, located behind the fire tower to the north of the Forest Office. There are picnic tables and grills at each of the primitive camping sites. We had a great time camping after the last event! Schedule: ? - 3pm - Feel free to come early and hunt throughout the park until we first gather. 3:00 - 3:30 - Gather at Cherry Lake Shelter - Introductions 3:30 - 6:00 - Hunting time 6:00 - 8:00 - ID Our Finds, Food, Discussion We will have printouts of a selected dichotomous key for everyone. We will work through the key together, learning some of the identification basics about what to look for, and how to use a key to identify mushrooms. Also, be sure to check on your stem butt cultures. Just open the bag and the cardboard. You should see mycelial threads beginning to stretch away from the stem butt locations. They should be coming along nicely for those who made them at the last meeting. Be sure to bring it with you to this upcoming meeting. Last Updated on Friday, 03 September 2010 17:33
  15. Monday, 09 August 2010 20:39 Next Foray: September 11, 2010 Morgan-Monroe State Forest We had a great turnout at our first foray Aug. 7th. We had over 25 people attend and found over 50 different species of mushrooms, despite some rather dry/hot conditions leading up to the event. See more pictures of the event here: http://www.facebook.com/hoosiermushrooms Planning has started for our September event. It will be held on September 11th at 3pm. We have posted a poll as to where our membership would like to meet. We give this option as Morgan Monroe has free admission, free shelter, and cheaper camping. It will also not be as crowded. Check back to this page regularly as it will be updated with more information as more details are finalized. Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 August 2010 17:35
  16. Thursday, 08 July 2010 15:50 Next Meeting: August 7th @ 5pm @ Yellowood State Forest Gathering at the Picnic Shelter Please Bring a Dish and/or Beverage for a Pitch-In Dinner Thanks for all those who attended our first meeting. We had a good attendance, and found there to be a very diversified interest in mushrooms. Several people had a primary interest in bioremediation, others in cultivation, and many in identification and cooking. This diversity should make for many great learning opportunites for our members. Our next scheduled meeting will be an event - a mushroom walk at Yellowood State Forest. This is a chance for people to learn about mushrooms in their natural environments. Attendees walk through the woods, identifying and collecting mushrooms as they go. At the end, we will meet as a group and go over what was found and cook up some of the finds! We will be meeting at 5pm at the shelter near Yellow Wood Lake. We are asking everyone to bring a dish or beverage to share. Camping is available at Yellowood State Forest, and we will plan on camping on this evening. You are welcome to join us. Let us know if you are interested and we can reserve sites in the same area. Just emailsteve@hoosiermushrooms.com. Below is the Park map. We apologize for the quality- there was no electronic version available. As of now, we anticipate camping on the Red Pine loop. Camping is on a first come, first serve basis so we will scout out sites upon arrival then reserve with the park office. There should be more then enough sites to accomidate our group. Last Updated on Monday, 09 August 2010 20:45
  17. Friday, 04 June 2010 15:35 Bioblitz Fungi Tally - Nature Center: Sat. 9-10am and Sat. 3-4pm Final tally - Sun. 9-10am What information do I need to identify mushrooms? We made a checklist that will guide you through the process - Mushroom Checklist. All the infomation on the sheet is not necessary, but the more you can fill out, the easier it will be to fully identify your find. Some of the terminology may be new if you are new to mushrooming. Part of our goal will be education, so feel free to email us or join us at an event to learn more. What should I bring to collect fungi? Bag or Basket (not plastic) Bug Spray Small Knife Compass or GPS Water Snack Park Map Notebook & Pen HMS_Voucher Last Updated on Sunday, 11 July 2010 17:28
  18. Bioblitz/Mycoblitz – June 4th, 5th, and 6th – Brown County State Park Come and help us collect mushrooms throughout the park for these three days. A Bioblitz is basically a survey of all living plants/animals/organisms within a geographic area. The mushroom team will be led by Ron Kerner of indianamushrooms.com. We will be camping at the state park all weekend, so if you are interested in attending and/or camping, just let us know and we can gather all of the mushroom people at adjoining campsites. This is where we will work out the initial structure and goals of the group. Here is some additional information on the event: Brown County State Park PO Box 608, 1405 SR 46E Nashville, IN 47448 Park Office: (812) 988-6406 Nature Center: (812) 988-5240 www.browncountystatepark.us http://www.IN.gov/dnr/parklake/5909.htm Dear Bioblitzer: Welcome to the second annual Brown County State Park Bioblitz! We are excited to have you join us and other field investigators for this cooperative, educational and worthwhile endeavor. Like last year, the Bioblitz helped park staff learn what is represented in your particular area of expertise and helped establish property community mapping boundaries, one of our resource management objectives. It will again allow the public to learn the increasingly important role of today’s biologists and botanists in an ever-demanding world. And we hope for you to have a good time with everyone in the rugged and green hills of Brown County, Indiana! Date and Time: While the traditional Bioblitz is a timed event limited to 24 hours, the size of this property (16K a., Indiana’s largest state park) adds more challenges. The Bioblitz will last all weekend. We have a window of arrival and field time to include the entire weekend from 8am, Friday, June 4 to 12 noon, Sunday, June 6, 2010. Please plan on conducting your field investigations for however long you can, anytime during this 2.5 day weekend. All participants need to check in at the Nature Center upon arrival. The Nature Center will serve as “Bioblitz Headquarters.” There you’ll find information, support, reference materials, coffee, snacks, and many colleagues and visitors. Please make sure you check-in before beginning any survey work. Survey Logistics: Survey participants should register first at Bioblitz Headquarters and then meet up with colleagues for field work. Surveying times will vary, of course. The moth and bat crews might meet up Friday evening, for example, and then work the night. Birders will start at dawn. The botanists get to sleep in. So, in order to coordinate the survey work, we’ve designated a leader for each major group/taxon of organisms to be surveyed. Below is a list of taxon leaders (or possible ones) so far. If your taxon is not listed, please contact the Nature Center (812-988-5240) about becoming a taxon leader. Some of you may be the only Bioblitzer for your taxon. All team leaders must fill out the Scientific Rapid Assessment Permit, found on the website. (This is a tentative list of taxa team leaders; we are open to having more teams). Let us know if you are interested, also if you would like to present to the public. Birds: Jeff Riegel ( jkreigel@birdcountry.us) Herps: Andrew Hoffman ( hoffmana10@hanover.edu), or Jim Horton ( stardali84@hotmail.com) Insects: (beetles) Jeff Holland ( jdhollan@purdue.edu), aquatic macroinvertebrates- Rebecca Kalb ( rkalb@purdue.edu) Fungi: Ron Kerner ( ronkerner@indianamushrooms.com) Algae: Tara Darcy-Hall ( todarcyh@indiana.edu) Bryophytes: Vascular Plants: Tom Swinford ( tswinford@dnr.in.gov), Grasses: Keith Clay ( clay@indiana.edu) Mammals/ Bats: Megan Caylor, mkjcaylor@gmail.com Survey Techniques: Our goal is to identify as many species as possible. During the field work, we encourage species identification by observation only, with minimal disturbance to organisms and habitat. Taxa leaders must fill out the Scientific Rapid Assessment Form. Voucher specimens are not needed for the Bioblitz. There will be opportunity to “showcase” specimens to the public, Saturday, at 11am-4pm, at the Bioblitz Headquarters. Bioblitz Headquarters will be set up for limited specimen work. You’ll find an indoor area with tables, field guides, electrical outlets, and internet access. All Bioblitzers should bring their own field supplies and other equipment – binoculars, nets, specimen vials, UV lights, stereoscopes, Berlese funnels, etc. Please be aware that you’ll need to report your findings to your taxon leader, who in turn will report to the person keeping a tally of all the species we find. Species total will be tabulated throughout the weekend and on view at the Bioblitz Headquarters, with a final tally at noon on Sunday. Reporting Results: Please keep a tally of your species. We will have a list of species, such as the exotic, invasive, or rare and endangered ones that we would like to have GPS coordinates for. All geographic info will be accepted, with gratitude! There will be laptops set up at the Bioblitz headquarters, ready to absorb your survey information. We recognize that some organisms will not easily be identified to species during the Bioblitz. For these cases, try to list morpho-species – the number of members of a given genus or family. This will allow us to get an approximate total number of species for your taxon by the end of the Bioblitz. Visitors: There will be lots of visitors and volunteers throughout the weekend. Most public interpretive programs will take place on Saturday. There is opportunity for you to present an interpretive program for park visitors, i.e., nature hike, “creature feature”, moth sugaring, miss nets, creek walk, or have some visitors help you in the field (lug around equipment, help you spot stuff, etc.). Hands-on field experience would be very effective in educating the public. We will have a “species showcase” at Bioblitz headquarters, Saturday, 11am-4pm. Food and Camping: To show you our appreciation for your hard work, we will waive the park entrance fee for all registered researchers, and provide complimentary camping in our primitive Rally Campground. Also, the Friends of Brown County State Park will offer complimentary snacks for Bioblitz researchers at the Headquarters. Please register for camping in the Rally Campground by calling ahead, (812) 988-5245. The Abe Martin Lodge with new Water Park is also available at (812) 988-4418, 1-877-LODGES1FREE or Indianainns.com. Gear: If you have any questions please direct them to Jim Eagleman at the Brown County State Park Nature Center, (812) 988-5240, or email jeagleman@dnr.in.gov. If you have yet to register, you can do that online at the Bioblitz website, http://bcspbioblitzeventbrite.com. Your taxa team leader will contact you as the Bioblitz approaches. Thanks again for your interest and enthusiasm. We’ll see you in a few weeks. Many thanks for your help! Jim Eagleman Interpretive Naturalist/ Bioblitz Coordinator
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