MycoBlitz Foray

August 31, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Spring Lake Park Reserve, Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center
8500 127th St E
Hastings MN 55033

Please note that the start time for this event has been changed from 10 to 9 am!

A MycoBlitz is a 1-day survey by mycologists and volunteers of the fungal species present in a particular area. This MycoBlitz will contribute specimens and data to the North American Mycoflora Project – a collaboration between professional mycologists and citizen scientists to identify and map the distribution of macrofungi throughout North America. This collaboration allows the scientific community to tap into the vast amount of knowledge and data amassed by individuals and mycology clubs, and can provide a new focus for amateur efforts.

Very little is known about fungal diversity in Dakota County. This event will contribute to the Minnesota Funga Project (a subsidiary of the North American Mycoflora Project), and staff will be on hand to help identify specimens and prepare them for the Bell Museum mycological collection. While we encourage the documentation and collection of edible specimens, the purposes of this foray is for scientific interest, as the collection resulting from this event will inform the Spring Lake Park Reserve Natural Resource Management Plan, which is being drafted 2019-2020.

This is one of the few times where the public is allowed to collect mushrooms in Dakota County Parks, so don’t miss this in-depth and fun learning opportunity!

This is a BIKE Friendly event – participants are encouraged to bring their bikes and ride along the Mississippi River Greenway, which runs throughout the length of the Park Reserve.

No registration is required to attend and this event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome – children 12 and under must have an adult present.  For more details visit the Dakota County volunteer page.

If you have questions, please contact:

Chris Klatt – Natural Resources Specialist