Volunteer hike docent, Barb Morkill, will lead a mushroom walk with expert mycologist Suzanne Schwab on Tuesday, November 14th starting at 10am at Liberty Lake. Predicting the best time to go mushrooming can be difficult as it greatly depends on recent rains. Either way, you can plan on a lovely autumn walk searching for mushrooms!
Barb has been a member of INLC for many years. Her love of the sound of wind through trees, wildflowers, birds basically the restorative properties of nature led her to an organization protecting our wild places, the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy.
Suzanne grew up in upstate New York. Although her undergraduate degree was in Biology with an emphasis in botany, she didn’t begin any formal training in mycology (the scientific study of fungi) until she began her Master’s degree studies at Colorado State University on the role of mycorrhizal fungi in revegetating disturbed soils.
Suzanne continued her research on mycorrhizal fungi for her Ph.D. dissertation at the University of California at Riverside. She joined the faculty in the Biology Department at EWU in Cheney in 1983, where she has taught courses including general biology, botany, plant identification, plant physiology, general mycology, and a course on plant-fungus interactions. Suzanne retired in 2018, and have been enjoying the opportunity to hike, hunt for plants and mushrooms, take photographs, and maybe one day get serious about training her dogs to hunt truffles.
When: Tuesday, November 14th starting at 10am
Where: Liberty Lake Cedar Grove (map it)
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