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Mushroom Talk

at Witherle Library, Castine

August 11, 2017 - 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost: Free

MCHT land steward and naturalist Kirk Gentalen loves mushrooms. "I’ve never met a fungus I didn’t like,” he says. From poisonous to edible and decomposer to parasite, the fungal kingdom has entranced Kirk as long as he can remember. “There is something cool going on with every mushroom,” Kirk explains. "And I want to know what those cool things are.”

On Friday August 11, Kirk will give a slide show on mushroom identification at the Witherle Library, 41 School Street in Castine at 11:00 am. 

On Saturday, August 12, he will lead a mushroom walk at MCHT's Witherle Woods Preserve at 11:00 am. The natural history of mushrooms and their role in the ecosystems will be the focus, "But every species is different, says Kirk. “So you can never tell what’s going to come up on a fungus walk. Having a group look for, find, and really discover the world of fungus is a unique setting for a walk – and there can be discoveries at every turn.”

Kirk has lived and worked as a naturalist in 14 states leading Environmental Education and Ecotourism programs for kids of all ages. Currently he is a regional steward and naturalist for Maine Coast Heritage Trust on Vinalhaven Island where he edits the popular nature blog “Vinalhaven Sightings Report." He also has led hikes and school programs for MCHT up and down the Maine coast for the last 8 years, including programs with Castine’s Adams School.

Visit the Witherle Library web site for directions. These events are free and open to the public.