On the search for fungi

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By Special to the Monitor

Did you know that the Jemez Mountains are known throughout the international mycological community as a location of abundant mushroom diversity? Ever wanted to know more about those funny fungi? Saturday, the community will get its chance.

Join Mycologist Kristi Beguin for an introduction to the mushrooms that grow in the Jemez Mountains. Participants will hunt for mushrooms, discuss collection and identification methods and observe all the joys the rainy season can bring to mycophiles.

Beguin has enjoyed hunting for and identifying mushrooms since the early ‘90s while studying Mycology at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. Depending on how much recent moisture the mountains received, there may be numerous specimens to observe and discuss.

The class is offered through the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Participants should meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at PEEC to carpool to the class location in the Jemez Mountains. Wear comfortable shoes; pack a lunch, rain gear and plenty of water. The fee for the class is $30 and there is a class limit, so register in advance by calling 662-0460 or sign up online at www.PajaritoEEC.org. As always, PEEC members will receive a 10 percent discount.