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Mushrooms at Dawson Forest

June 9 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Other than the mushrooms we put on a pizza, or maybe when scrubbing the bathtub, we may not think of fungi too often. But it turns out that fungi get along in the world by creating vast and complex networks of mutually beneficial relationships with plants and animals, in ways that are critical to the survival of us all. There is indeed much fungus among us, including some of the largest and oldest living beings on our planet.

Photo: Chantarelle, Mushroom Club of Georgia

Eco-A partners with the Georgia Mushroom Club for a 1.5- mile hike in the Dawson Forest, a large forested tract of land located about an hour north of Atlanta, and owned by the City of Atlanta. This diverse property holds many types of ecosystems, and is also known as a great birding location. Part of the area where we’ll walk holds the rich remnants of the original Piedmont forest that nearly approaches the ecology of the North Georgia Mountains. From pine and oak-hickory hilltops to cascading streams and a floodplain along the Etowah River, this location hosts a wide variety of species of trees, plants, birds, wildlife and of course — mushrooms and fungi.

We’ll only walk about 1.5 to 2 miles total, but there is a steep hill coming back up the trail. We’ll likely walk off trail from time to time to check out any interesting fungi we may see. The trail can be muddy in wet weather.

To register (RSVP) click HERE  – Details and directions sent to registered participants.                            

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June 9
9:30 am - 12:30 pm