The Fungus Amongst Us; The Big Picture of the Fungi Kingdom

Most of us think of fungi/mushrooms as a food which we find in a grocery store, and as morels in the spring. We may also recognize a fungal infection. Much more is involved. Come to this presentation to learn about the impact of the Kingdom of Fungi on our world today. A brief overview about how to hunt and identify mushrooms as a novice will be given. There is much to learn about how various kinds mushrooms can be used for food and medicines. There will be a short history of fungi and how they can help benefit our environment in today’s world.

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Friday, January 15, 2016 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Marie Kopin
Sister Marie Kopin, C.PP.S. is a member of the Gathering Society, Secretary of the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club, and a member of the North American Mycological Association Education and Toxology Committees. She is working with Dr. Chris Wright as a member of the Advisory Board of the Midwest Mycological Project which provides certification for licensing to inspect mushrooms foraged in the wild. She has hunted mushrooms since she was a child and has been a member of NAMA since the 1970’s. She is retired emeritus from the Department of Communication Disorders at Central Michigan University. She currently directs a church choir and is chair of the Committee on Environment Concerns in her Congregation, The Sisters of the Precious Blood, Dayton, Ohio.
Barbara Semans
Barbara Semans is a retired career teacher. She is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a BA, Elementary and Special Education. She also has a MA, in Special Education. She spent 30+ years working with Special Olympics athletes as coach, volunteer, and area management team member. Of recent years she is a member of the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club (MMHC) and North American Mycology Association (NAMA) Barb boast that she is a life-long outdoors aficionado. Her interests include mushroom hunting, kayaking, walking, gardening, reading, bird-watching, and Zumba.
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