What you will learn about fungi
In an hour of illustrated lecture and discussion, Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center Sanctuary Director David Moon will present how fungi play a part in our world that goes well beyond providing yummy mushrooms for our tables; how the growing understanding of the biology of mushrooms tells us that forests and most other terrestrial ecosystems would not thrive or even exist without fungi.
We will look at delicious and deadly mushrooms, and ones that explode, glow in the dark, self-destruct, and change color before one’s very eyes. We will examine how to find mushrooms worth more than their weight in gold, and how fungi interact with plants to serve as the secret ingredient to life on earth. How can you get into the world of mushrooms and other fungi for fun, food, and profit? David will pique your curiosity and initiate you into the mysteries of mycology.
About David Moon
As Sanctuary Director for Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport, MA, David provides administration and leads birding tours every week, from Plum Island to destinations across the continent and around the world.
David has been going to Newburyport to see birds on Plum Island since 1979. He has been an environmental educator for over 35 years in both classrooms and non-formal settings. Before Joppa Flats, David was a science teacher at The Putney School in Putney, VT. In 2003 he founded and became Executive Director of Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory, which built a local citizen science network in Cheshire County, New Hampshire. He was Education Director at Stonewall Farm in Keene, NH, and he teaches Tropical Forest Ecology in Costa Rica for Franklin Pierce University.
David has an MS in Environmental Education from Antioch University New England, and has served on the boards of state and regional environmental education associations.