The State of State Mushrooms with Rose Tursi
Every state has an official flower, bird, tree, and animal, sometimes even more than one! But only a few states have official fungi. With mushrooms being so trendy these days, now is the time to change that! In this lighthearted and fun webinar, we will learn about the origin of state symbols and dive into how mushrooms specifically deserve official recognition. You’re probably familiar with the few official state-fungal success stories — but for every triumph, there have been multiple bills to recognize a state mushroom that failed to pass a legislature. We will go over them all and highlight current efforts! So, even though Minnesota was the first state to have an official state mushroom, this presentation is fascinating to learn about the process it took to make it official and learn about what is happening around the US and even Canada!
Rose Tursi is an illustrator by profession. When she’s not creating art, she enjoys spending time outside exploring the natural world. She’s an advocate of the community science movement, leading educational forays that focus on mushroom identification and ecology. Her hobbies include ceramics and other arts and crafts, permaculture, gardening, foraging and cultivation. As part of a military family, Rose has lived in many places and been active in multiple regional clubs. Currently, she is a former board member at large for the Wisconsin Mycological Society, Vice President of the South Sound Mushroom Club, in Olympia WA, and serves as Chair of NAMA’s Visual Arts Committee.
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