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Mushroom walk planned at Creamer’s Field

Fairbanks, Alaska—Local mushroom expert Gary Laursen will identify specimens while he leads a mushroom walk from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 11 at Creamer’s Field in Fairbanks.

Laursen, a longtime University of Alaska Fairbanks mycologist, will provide a short overview of mushrooms and their habitat, followed by a walk tocollect mushrooms. Afterward, he will look at everyone’s samplesand identify any unknown fungi. Participants are invited to bring mushrooms from home to “stump the mycologist.”

No preregistration is required and the event is free. Participants will meet at the Creamer’s Field farmhouse at 2 p.m. and are asked to bring a knife, collecting basket or bag and a hand lens if they have one.

Following the session, Laursen will sign copies of the field guide he wrote with Rodney Seppelt, “Common Interior Alaska Cryptogams: Fungi, Lichenicolous Fungi, Lichenized Fungi, Slime Molds, Mosses, and Liverworts,” published by the University of Alaska Press.

Laursen, who holds a doctorate in botany and mycology, is a senior research scientist at the UAF Institute of Arctic Biology and director of the UAF Honors Program. For the past 40 years, his mushroom studies around theworld have emphasized arctic, subarctic and subantarctic fungi.

The UAF Cooperative Extension Service and the Honors Program are hosting the mushroom walk.

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