May 15th Program – Northwoods Mushrooms

Remarkable Mushrooms of the Northwoods

Britt Bunyard: I have spent the past thirteen seasons in the forests and farmlands of the Upper Midwest, usually with an eye to the ground, on the lookout for mushrooms and other interesting fungi. Without a doubt, my favorite place for sheer beauty of habitat and diversity of mushrooms is the “Northwoods” which includes the upper half of Wisconsin, Minnesota, UP of Michigan and lands further north. And of all the places that I routinely visit, Bayfield County, Wisconsin is my most favorite. This year the North American Mycological Association will hold its big annual foray right there in Bayfield County. Although the second largest county in Wisconsin, Bayfield County hasn’t a single stop light; most of the county is National Forest. You will find lots of water there, loons and other interesting wildlife, old growth trees…and lots of mushrooms. Annually we find mushrooms there that have never been recorded in any other place in the state; many have never been recorded anywhere else in the Upper Midwest. This presentation will give you an overview of the region but mostly a sneak peek of the rare and amazing mushrooms you can expect to see in the Northwoods, just a few hours’ drive north.

Britt Bunyard is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal Fungi. Britt has worked academically (and played very amateurishly) as a mycologist his entire career, writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books, most recently Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and Midwestern States (2012) by The Ohio State University Press. He has served as an editor for mycological and entomological research journals, and mushroom guide books. A popular evangelizer on all things fungal, Britt has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, National Geographic Magazine, PBS’s NOVA television program, and in 2016 was made Executive Director of the Telluride Mushroom Festival. He is the co-editor of MycoEpithalamia: Mushroom Wedding Poems (The FUNGI Press, 2016).

Niles Historical & Cultural Center is about a tenth of a mile Southeast from the Golf-Mill Shopping center. The former sheriff’s office has parking behind the building. The meeting room is on the third floor and is accessible by elevator as well as a large staircase. Restrooms are available on first and third floors. A museum volunteer will open the building for us this evening. For public transport from the city, take the Blue Line to the Jefferson Park CTA Station, from there it is 20 minutes on the PACE #270 bus to Milwaukee and Elizabeth. The museum is open to the public Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

MUSEUM TOUR: Come early for a narrated tour of the museum. The tour will begin at 6:30pm; 1 hour before our IMA meetings on all of the days we have meetings there. So, if you cannot make the tour for the next meeting, maybe you can make it for a later IMA meeting date. No worries, if you get there a little late, we will direct you to where the tour has progressed. The tour is FREE. Niles Historical and Cultural Center is a 501 (C3) non-profit, any small donations are gladly accepted. You will not be disappointed you came a little early to make time for the tour.


Niles Historical Society
8970 Milwaukee Avenue
Niles, IL 60714

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