Dedicated to the protection of birds, other animals, and their habitats through education and activism
Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170; president@SEVolusiaAudubon.org
Our October meeting will be held at 7:00 PM Thursday, October 9 at
the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach. Our
speaker will be Dr. Jay Barnhart who gives tours at the Enchanted
Forest in Titusville, Sebastian Inlet State Park, the Barrier Island
Preserve and numerous sites during the Space Coast Birding
Festival. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree, an MD and a
Medical Specialty Board Certification in Anatomic, Clinical and
Forensic Pathology. Since retiring from his second career
as Dade County Medical Examiner (think CSI Miami) he has received
certification in two of the Florida Master Naturalist Programs.
He says his favorite activities are fishing, playing piano and giving
presentations showcasing our local natural treasures.
Dr. Barnhart first became interested in wild mushrooms more than 45 years ago while he was making house calls as a general practitioner in rural Maryland. He now belongs to the North American Mycological Association, whose members are referred to as “Mycophiles”, aka “Fungus Lovers”. Jay personally prefers the appellation of “Avid Amateur Mycologist”, rather than “Fungus Expert.” The title of his presentation is “WHAT IS THAT FUNGUS AMONG US?” pertaining to commonly observed macro-fungi in and around Brevard County.
The goal of this presentation will be to give participants an opportunity to experience the basic operations and observations that are necessary for a practical approach to identification of wild mushrooms, using simple, inexpensive, and readily available tools. It will be divided into three parts.
#1- Jay will (hopefully) bring a sample of fresh mushroom tissue, to perform a demonstration of placing it on a spore print paper.
#2-. A number of individually displayed specimens of what may, or may not, be fungi will be presented. Each participant will have the opportunity to opine whether or not each specimen is a fungus, and/or to answer a question or two about certain characteristics of the specimen, making use of the magnifying loupes, which Jay will supply. See the table below.
#3- A PowerPoint presentation will cover the details of a fungus life cycle, along with images reflecting personal observations and beliefs about both common and uncommon local fungi.
Refreshments will be served.