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Skillshare: Ecological Functions of Fungi with Bill Bakaitis
February 1, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sunday, February 1 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm
*Please note: In case of inclement weather, this workshop will take place on Sunday, Feb. 8 from 1 – 2pm.*
Fungi expert Bill Bakaitis is our Skillshare Workshop Series lecturer for February!
Free and open to the public. No registration required.
Fungi are often described as an important “Fifth Kingdom” without which life as we know it would not exist. Fungi, mushrooms included, are not plants, but having evolved along side of plants they underwrite, sustain and facilitate the growth and health of ecosystems throughout the planet. This illustrated lecture will examine the various roles which fungi perform in creating and maintaining stable, renewable, and healthy ecosystems in our forests, fields and gardens. You have seen them on your walks; now come and learn what they are doing there.
Bill Bakaitis has been studying and lecturing on mycology for more than 40 years and is the founder of the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association. He has collected mushrooms for the New York State Museum, worked with students at the Culinary Association of America, and served as a consultant for the NY and New England Poison Control Networks. For more than 30 years his articles have appeared in Mushroom: The Journal of Wild Mushrooming, where he has served as a contributing editor since 2000.