Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170;

October 2014 Speaker

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.