Sunday, October 9, 2011

Don't be kept in the dark! Free public lecture on mushrooms

Would you eat the mushroom in this photo or not?  Come find out whether it is edible. Thursday October 20th, Franklin Center in Rocky Mount at 8 PM.  FREE, but prior registration required (see below for details). 
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The Blue Ridge Foothills And Lakes (BRFAL) Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program (VMNP) announces a free public lecture on mushrooms, Thursday Oct 20th at 7PM in the Franklin Center in Rocky Mount.  Speaker Skip Taliaferro is a local amateur mycologist who will provide information about wild mushrooms -- from how to find them growing in the woods around Southwest Virginia to which ones are edible.  A member of the National Mycological Association for at least 8 years, he has been studying mushrooms for over 20 years.  He estimates there are 15,000-20,000 varieties in the Blue Ridge Mountain range alone.

NOTE - REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED AS ALL AVAILABLE SPOTS ARE NOW FILLED. Thank you for your interest! The seminar is free, but advance registration is required due to limited space.  Reservations can be made by email to: or by phone at: 540-365-4613. Click here for directions. Certified Virginia Master Naturalists will get Advanced Training Credit for attending this seminar.

This is also a good time to indicate your interest in becoming a Virginia Master Naturalist by participating in the 2012 Basic Training Course which will be conducted from the first week of March to approximately the 20th of May.  Classes are held on Tuesday nights from 6:00 to 8:30 PM and several Saturday field trips are included.  Topics covered include: geology, entomology, aquatic ecology, plants, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, etc.  All with a Virginia emphasis.  More information will become available on our website: and also on this blog!

While attending the seminar you will also have the opportunity to peruse a BRFAL Phenology Calendar which you can order (cost $12 ea).  These calendars have regional specific information regarding plant and animal life cycles and their relationships with weather and climate.  Photos in the calendar were taken by BRFAL members.  Calendars will be distributed by Nov 18th.  They are informative and make great gifts!

The BRFAL Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalist wants you to get outside, explore and learn something new, so plan to attend this event.  See you there!

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