Mushroom expert leads walk on Sears Island

Sep 01, 2012

Searsport — On Saturday, Sept. 15, mycology professor Seanna Annis will guide a walk to discover the diversity of mushrooms and other fascinating fungi that inhabit Sears Island in Searsport. Friends of Sears Island, a nonprofit organization that has stewardship of the Island, is sponsoring the walk. There is no charge for the walk, but group size is limited. To register for the walk, call (207) 548-0142 or email mramsdell4@roadrunner.com

Seanna Annis is an associate professor of mycology and teaches an introductory mycology class and a non-majors introductory biology class at the University of Maine in Orono. She received a B.S. in biology and M.S. in plant pathology from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, and her Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of Guelph in Ontario. Her research focuses on fungal diseases of wild blueberry plants and the biology of the pathogens and their effects on plant productivity. She has also studied the biology and population genetics of fungi causing diseases of animals.

Seanna has led mushroom walks for the Maine Mycological Association, Orono Bog Boardwalk, Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Old Town, and the University of Maine community. She has given numerous talks on fungi to garden clubs, library groups, horticulturalists, senior college classes and the Maine Mycological Association.

The mushroom walk will begin at 10 a.m. Walkers are advised to wear attire and footwear appropriate for the weather; and to bring a hand lens, camera, notebook and bug protection. The walk will be canceled if there is a steady rainfall, but will be held as scheduled in light, intermittent showers. No pets, please.

Friends of Sears Island's last sponsored walk this season will be on Oct. 6 (rain date Oct. 13). The subject will be Geology of Sears Island. For more information, visit the FOSI website at www.friendsofsearsisland.org.

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