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MHMA EVENT – JOINT WALK WITH COMA, HYDE PARK
July 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Winnakee Nature Preserve
4204 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY
This is an easy walk with gently sloping trails. Park in dirt lot behind Hyde Park Florist (no parking in paved lot).
Arrive early so we can all sign in, tick proof ourselves and have a pre-walk intro. Free and open to the public, bring a friend!
Recommendations for hike participants:
Wear appropriate footwear for hiking on hills, rocks, forest litter and possible wet areas (no rocker style sneakers please). Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.
Walks are held in areas typically infested with ticks. Wear appropriate clothing and/or use insect repellent to protect yourself from tick bites and possibly Lyme disease.
Walk leaders are there to assist members in learning techniques for identifying wild mushrooms. It is the sole responsibility of each individual to properly identify wild mushrooms they are going to eat. Some poisonous wild mushrooms can cause severe illness and even death. Edible mushrooms can cause reactions in some individuals, so whenever eating a new species for the first time, only consume a small amount to determine whether you have any reaction.
In addition to proper footwear and attire, bring a mushroom guide, a knife, basket, waxed paper bags, bug repellent, sun screen, water, sunglasses, a snack, a walking stick, a whistle and some good luck!
When collecting, please obey COMA’s guidelines – which include no uprooting of noninvasive plants and no commercial collecting – as well as the policy of the property we are visiting. Note that sometimes the ‘do not disturb wildlife’ policy of parks we visit will have exceptions granted to us for identification purposes. Please remember to ask our walk guides about collection guidelines for these properties.
Our walks are followed by a communal lunch and a mushroom identification session. Bring your lunch (and something to share if you wish) and a mushroom manual to help with the identification of our finds. (COMA cannot be responsible for mushroom identification).