In concatenation with celebrations of World Wetlands Day at Black Bayou Lake NWR, there will also be a Fungi Talk and Walk today, February First,
here’s a short time lapse film showing the fall and rise of Devil’s Dipsticks! These are a kind of stinkhorn sac fungus (ascomycetes). If you’d like to learn more about the amazing fungal Kingdom and you are in the Monroe area, why not join us for some fun with fungi on February 1st, as Louisiana Master Naturalists Northeast Suzanne Laird-Dartez and Kimmie Paxton hold a talk and lead a nature walk with a fungal focus at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. We’ll be walking through woodland so please bring boots, notebooks, cameras and eagerness to learn about fungi!

Hugh Paxton's Blog

A celebration of fungi, what they have done for us so far and their staggering potential to do very much more.

Occurring worldwide, from the lichen covered rocks of polar regions to deserts, fungi appear in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial forms. Many are microscopic and unicellular such as the yeasts that serve us so well in the kitchen and brewery and trouble us as parasitic infections like Candida, others are enormous, such as Oregon’s famous honey fungus (Armillaria ostoyae) that extends 9.65 Km2  and is somewhere between 2000 and 8500 years old, the world’s largest living organism and probably the oldest. Older than the animals, fungal evolution has been essential to the development of life on Earth as we know it and their value to the ecology and human economy is enormous. Mysterious and fascinating, the force of their growth can raise concrete slabs and crack asphalt…

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