CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 30, 2002
UI sponsors two field trips on May 4
The University of Iowa will sponsor two field trips through Palisades-Kepler
State Park on Saturday, May 4.
At 10 a.m., the UI Museum of Natural History will host a hike, led by Dean
Abel and Damian Pieper, introducing participants to spring mushrooms and wild
flowers." At 2 p.m., illustrator Mark Müller will lead a hike, sponsored
by the University of Iowa Press in recognition of the May release of "Woodland
in Your Pocket."
The field trips are free and open to the public.
Abel is the co-author of "A Guide to Kansas Mushrooms" and chair
of the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) annual photo contest,
while Pieper is a member of the Iowa Native Plant Society and president of
the Prairie State Mushroom Club. According to Abel and Pieper the secret to
finding morel mushrooms lies in knowing nature's timing signals, such as the
blooming of certain wildflowers.
The leader of the afternoon hike, Mark Müller is the illustrator of
"Woodland in Your Pocket," a user-friendly, laminated fold-out guide
which features color drawings showcasing native Midwestern woodland species,
providing their common and scientific names, blooming dates, and heights.
Copies will be available for sale at a cost of $9.95.
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 hiking by wearing
sturdy shoes, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and a hat. Water, a paper bag
for collecting mushrooms and a hand-lens for identification are recommended.
The two-hour morning foray will be followed by an identification session.
A short and relatively flat trail is available for those participants looking
for an easy hike. The 2 p.m. hike with Müller will depart from the same
shelter. A map giving directions to the park is available at: http://www.state.ia.us/dnr/organiza/ppd/palismap.htm.
For further information, contact David Brenzel, program coordinator, at
319-335-0482 or Megan Scott at the University of Iowa Press at 319-335-2008.