CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 8, 2001
UI Museum of Natural History sponsors Oct. 13 field trip
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will
sponsor a 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 field trip in Palisades-Kepler State Park
on the joy of mushroom hunting and identification. The field trip, a continuation
of the Museum's "Afternoon With a Scientist" public education and
lecture series, will be led by Dean Abel and Damian Pieper.
The program is free and open to the public. Participants should gather near
the park entrance in the first shelter on the left at 10 a.m., rain or shine,
and be prepared for about two hours of hiking by wearing sturdy shoes, long
pants, a long-sleeved shirt and a hat. Insect repellent, water, a paper bag
for collecting specimens and a hand-lens for identification are recommended.
An identification session will follow the hike.
Abel, co-author of "A Guide to Kansas Mushrooms," combines his
passion for mycology with photography by serving as chair of the North American
Mycological Association (NAMA) Photography Committee and director of the annual
NAMA Photo Contest. Pieper is a member of the Iowa Native Plant Society and
president of the Prairie States Mushroom Club.
For further information or to be placed on the Museum of Natural History
mailing list, call David Brenzel, program coordinator, at 335-0482, or visit
the Museum's web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~nathist/.