November 5th Program – Fungal Diversity in Northern Illinois

Fungal Diversity in Northern Illinois: A Photographic Journey through the Seasons

Wild Mushrooms are something Moira O’Keefe has been interested in since her first foray as a little girl. She was always fascinated by how unusual and diverse the mushrooms were that her father would bring home and present to her mother to cook .   As a young adult the culinary pull of mushroom’s drew Moira back in and as an adult, Master Naturalist volunteer opportunities have once again awakened her to the seemingly endless diversity in Northern Illinois and the rest of the world.

Showcased in this 1 hr presentation are the wild mushrooms of Northern Illinois; more specifically those of Lake, McHenry, Dupage, Lee and Ogle counties, as they appear throughout the seasons.   Commentary will touch on defining characteristics, edibility and idiosyncrasies.

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.


Niles Historical Society
8970 Milwaukee Avenue
Niles, IL 60714

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Catherine Lambrecht

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