ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS
Now entering its 9th year, Fabulous Fall Fungi (FFF) is a series of multi-day
mushroom workshops offered to the public each fall at Queen’s University
Biological Station (QUBS). These workshops introduce participants to the
vast diversity of mushrooms and other fungi growing in Southern Ontario.
Typically, 150-200 species are identified in each session, including many
not seen in previous years. To date, just over 500 species (503 to be exact)
have been recorded since the workshops began back in 2009 (there were no
workshops in 2010).
The workshops are very hands-on, with daily field trips (usually within
~30 minutes of QUBS) to collect fresh specimens, followed by working in
the classroom, both individually and as a group, to identify our finds. This
is complemented by mini-lectures and informal discussions about fungal
ecology and natural history. Evenings vary. If there are specimens still to
be identified, we go back into the classroom. If not, the instructor gives a
slide presentation. But no matter what, we always set aside some time one
of the evenings to watch bioluminescent mushrooms glow in the dark. Once
registered, each person is sent a moderate amount of reading material
(in pdf format) and is responsible for getting familiar with this material
prior to the start of the workshop. At the workshop itself, each individual
is provided with a species checklist and has access to an extensive collection
of reference books. There will also be a compound microscope on hand,
allowing us to look at some basic microscopic structures.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Richard Aaron (B.A., M.B.A.) has been studying mushrooms and other
fungi since 1994 and loves sharing his knowledge with others. He has
conducted walks, workshops and lectures on a variety of nature subjects,
including fungi, for over 85 organizations in Canada and the U.S. He has also
worked as a summer staff naturalist at Algonquin Provincial Park and been
published in several leading nature periodicals.
His website is at: http://natureknowledge.weebly.com.