Taste of Nature: Mushroom Walk

Date(s) - Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Audubon Center & Sanctuary


The Audubon Nature Center will hold a Mushroom Walk  at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 at the center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY, and Warren, PA.

It’s part of the Taste of Nature Series.

The cost is $16 for the public and $12 for Friends of the Nature Center and children ages 9-15.

Register online or call (716) 569-2345.

Participants are reminded to dress for the weather. The class will go outside unless it is thunder storming or there are severe winds. Mud boots are recommended.

Now that the needed weather conditions are producing mushrooms, this is an opportunity to learn which ones are edible and which are not.

The program will begin inside with a slideshow and talk.  Then participants will join mushroom experts Dr. Scott Stoleson and Garret Taylor for a stroll around the grounds in search of mushrooms – both edible and not.

Fungi, including mushrooms, are one of the most diverse but least known groups of organisms. This program will provide some basic background on fungal diversity, their ecological roles, tips on identifying common species of the area, and information on toxins and edibility.

A Sugar Grove, PA, resident, Scott Stoleson is a professional ornithologist who has published over 50 scientific papers on ecology and conservation of birds. He has conducted avian research in the western U.S., Central and South America and has led natural history tours to the Caribbean and Latin America. Currently he is the Research Wildlife Biologist at the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station lab in Irvine, PA, a Research Associate of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, and serves on the boards of the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology and the Association of Field Ornithologists. He has been an amateur mycologist (mushroom hunter) for over 30 years.

A sous chef at the Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino in Salamanca, New York, Garrett Taylor became interested in wild mushrooms soon after embarking on his culinary journey. For more than a decade he has delved into the field of mycology (the study of mushrooms) with passion, become an active “advanced amateur” with a couple mycological societies and given several educational demonstrations. You can follow his explorations at www.facebook.com/AlleghenyWoodratMushroomers.