WBEZ | North Park Village Nature Center http://www.wbez.org/venues/north-park-village-nature-center Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en All About Chaga, a Medicinal Mushroom http://www.wbez.org/all-about-chaga-medicinal-mushroom-107475 <p><div>Join mycologist and <em>FUNGI Magazine</em> editor <strong>Britt Bunyard</strong> for an exciting talk on the most up-to-date discoveries and uses of Chaga. Inonotus obliquus--chaga--is currently the &quot;it&quot; fungus. It has been used in Russian folk medicine since at least the 16th century.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Topics will include:</div><div>-Harvesting chaga responsibly</div><div>-The sex life of the fungus</div><div>-Proper identification and avoiding poisonous look-alikes</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Britt&#39;s visit will be a very special treat for mycophiles who don&#39;t already know Bunyard&#39;s unique perspective and big personality. For more information about Britt Bunyard and Fungi Magazine, visit http://www.fungimag.com/.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information about this event <a href="http://www.illinoismyco.org/event/2013/06/03/day">here</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 15:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/all-about-chaga-medicinal-mushroom-107475 An evening with Gary Lincoff http://www.wbez.org/evening-gary-lincoff-106996 <p><p>World renowned and much-loved mycologist and forager, <strong>Gary Lincoff</strong> did not write a mushroom book... He wrote THE mushroom book... &quot;The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms.&quot;</p><div>Lincoff, who teaches botany at The New York Botanical Garden and leads weekly foraging trips through Central Park and beyond was perhaps the only New Yorker who didn&#39;t worry about provisions during the hurricane, and that&#39;s because the Beach plums were ripe and Lincoff and his beautiful partner Irene are never unaware of what is fruiting at any given time. That&#39;s why he&#39;s joining us in Chicago this Spring-- to highlight the best offerings our woods and fields have to offer!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Gathering edible wild food is a wonderful way to forge a connection to the earth, Lincoff says, and mushrooms are the ultimate local food source; they grow literally everywhere, from mountains and woodlands to urban and suburban parks to your own backyard.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In Chicago, Morels are the toast of Spring, and Mushroom guru Gary Lincoff escorts you from the mushroom&rsquo;s earliest culinary awakening, through getting equipped for mushroom forays, to preparing and serving the fruits of the foray!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He has led mushroom study trips and forays around the world, and he is a featured &ldquo;myco-visionary&rdquo; in the award-winning documentary &quot;Know Your Mushrooms.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More on this event <a href="http://www.illinoismyco.org/node/44">here</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 14:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/evening-gary-lincoff-106996 Mushrooms in the Chicago Region http://www.wbez.org/mushrooms-chicago-region-99489 <p><p>A Chicago-area woodland may support as many as 300 species of macro-fungi (or mushrooms, brackets, and other readily visible fungi). They may be decomposers and recyclers of wood, leaf litter, and other organic matter, mycorrhizal symbionts with tree roots, or parasites. Edible mushrooms are found in each of these categories.<br /><br />At this event, <strong>Patrick Leacock</strong>, a mycologist at the Field Museum of Natural History, discusses the types of macro-fungi found in the Chicago area. For over 14 years he has cataloged these fungi and has studied them in relation to woodland restoration after prescribed burns, the impacts of nitrogen pollution, and habitat diversity. He is creating a checklist of over a thousand fungi found in the region, which can accessed here: <a href="http://www.mycoguide.com/">http://www.mycoguide.com/</a>.</p></p> Wed, 23 May 2012 16:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/mushrooms-chicago-region-99489 Mushrooms and the Micronesia Biodiversity Project http://www.wbez.org/mushrooms-and-micronesia-biodiversity-project-98805 <p><p>Explore the mushrooms of the remote Pacific islands. <strong>Thomas Jenkinson</strong> will highlight recent results from the ongoing project to document the mushroom diversity of the Federated States of Micronesia. Travel to the islands of Pohnpei and Kosrae in the Micronesia/Polynesia biodiversity conservation hotspot. The habitat these islands provide for unique organisms are under increasing threat. Forest habitats on these islands have been lost at an alarming rate in the last decades. The Micronesia Biodiversity Project incorporates information from surveys of plant, invertebrate, and mushroom diversity in investigating the effects of deforestation on these remote islands. This presentation will focus on the new and interesting mushrooms documented over two seasons of field surveys in 2009 and 2010.</p><div>Thomas Jenkinson received his M.S. in Biology from San Francisco State University, and is currently a Ph.D. student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. Thomas has collaborated on mycology research projects in the U.S. and around the world and has served as a past council member of the Mycological Society of San Francisco.</div></p> Thu, 03 May 2012 17:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/mushrooms-and-micronesia-biodiversity-project-98805