Encounters with Fungi in the Strathbogie Ranges – Pre-event description

Time & Date: 10am-2:30pm, Saturday the 27th of May 2023
Strathbogie Memorial Hall, Main Street, Strathbogie VIC
Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/601349030137

The highly interactive workshop engages participants in the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Fungi Kingdom.

The workshop begins with the opportunity for participants to explore a specimen table of mushrooms and other fungus resources collected from the Strathbogie Ranges. Participants will learn the basics of fungus identification, fungal ecology, and the natural and cultural history of fungi.

The session includes a presentation on the intricate and complex relationships between fungi and plants. Symbioses between fungi and plants are the secret to success in our highly variable climate and nutrient-deficient soils. The fungi offer a vital buffer for plants against the effects of climate change. Despite this, ‘the third F’ slips through ideas about nature and conservation that focus on flora and fauna. Fungi not only contravene the frameworks we use to understand life, but also inspire the innovative thinking needed to navigate an uncertain future.

The foray follows the workshop session whereby participants head to the nearby forest to search for species of interest.

Supplementary notes are also provided.

Participants are encouraged to bring along their own specimens for identification at the workshop.