Introduction to Mushroom Identification
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Join us for this informative and fun lecture by Paul Sadowski to learn mushroom biology, anatomy and ecology as aids in identifying mushrooms. Bring any photos or specimens of mushrooms you've found!
About the Instructor
Paul Sadowski has been an active amateur mycologist for over twenty years. He has studied mushrooms under the mentorship of Gary Lincoff, Tom Volk, Aaron Norarevian, Dennis Aita and others. He has been a working member of the New York Mycological Society during these years as Treasurer and Secretary, coordinator of the Monday Night Study Group (the Foul Weather Friends) and has led microscopy workshops for the Society. In 2010 he received The North American Mycological Association's Harry and Elsie Knighton Service Award. Paul has also been involved in the operations of the Northeast Mycological Federation, serving as Treasurer since 2011. He is the chair of the 2017 NEMF Samuel Ristich Foray.
Sadowski has presented numerous programs in New York and New Jersey for an audience of the mycologically curious members of garden clubs and conservancies. In 2007 and 2008 with the Greenbrook Sanctuary naturalist, Nancy Slowik, they embarked on a survey of fungi within the Sanctuary's property in the New Jersey Palisades. The experience led him to study Polypores with the eminent mycologist Tom Volk at a seminar held at Eagle Hill, the Humboldt Field Research Center in Steubenville, Maine.
The Charles Horton Peck Foray, the annual meeting of students of mycology and mushroom hobbyists is a touchstone for Mr. Sadowski. The relaxed atmosphere of this congregation is at once mentoring and rejuvenating. He has coordinated support from the NYMS in sponsoring three forays. Each year since 2009 Mr. Sadowski has led presentations and walks at Inwood Hill Park on behalf of the NYC Parks Department in cooperation with the Greenacre Foundation.
This event is part of Intelligent Fungi, an exhibit, research and workshop series brought to you by Curiouseed to celebrate the fungal wisdoms and learn from fungi, our greatest teachers, to build, nourish, and heal. Learn more about the series.
Visit us on Governors Island!
August 3 - October 27
Saturdays 11am - 5pm
Sundays 11am - 5pm
Nolan Park, House #15, The Swale House, Governors Island
Just 15 mins by ferry from Lower Manhattan or Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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Mushroom Water Filtration Demo
Mycorrhizal Meditation (Fiona MacDonald, audio)
Workshops & Events
Aug 4 | Mycelial Digestion Workshop (Chloe Zimmerman, workshop)
Aug 11 | Partner with Fungi to Support Ecosystem Health (Jess Rubin, workshop)
Aug 24 | Introduction to Mushroom Identification (Paul Sadowski, talk)
Sept 8 | Fruiting Bodies: Creative Experiments in Fungal Inoculation & Mycoremediation (Christopher Kennedy, Chloe Zimmerman, Lucia Monge, workshop)
Sept 14 & 21 | MycoPaper: Making Handmade Paper with Mushrooms (Nica Rabinowitz, workshop)
Oct 6 | Mushroom Walk (New York Mycological Society, outdoor)
Oct 19 | Styrofoam Decomposition Experiment (show and tell)
The Intelligent Fungi Series is a public program completely run by volunteers and fueled by community donations. You can help us keep the program running by volunteering with us or making a donation (via Kinvite) today!
A big THANK YOU to the Swale House for hosting our program on Governors Island.
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