Citizen scientists join fungi experts to conduct a survey
to observe and catalog fungi in the Monument.
BioBlitz 2016: Fungi at the
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Our national public lands unit is home to a diverse community of fungi. Fungi experts who will be leading survey teams to observe and catalog mushrooms in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. See the BioBlitz 2016: Fungi Event Schedule to view the day's activities.
What is a Fungi BioBlitz?
The Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument organized and hosted a BioBlitz (a citizen-science event) to survey and inventory mushrooms and related organisms within the greatly varied landscape of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
How is this BioBlitz organized?
• When: Saturday, November 12, 2016; 8am - 5:30pm
• Location: Pinehurst School - 15337 OR-66, Ashland, OR 97520
• Professional mycologists ( Scot Loring, PhD; Darlene Southworth, PhD; Jonathan Frank, Carolina Piña Páez, Mike Potts, John Villella, Jim Trappe, Steve Trudell) will lead 6 teams to survey targeted sites within CSNM. Learn more about the mycologists for BioBlitz 2016.
• Team leaders were assisted by volunteers trained in methods of field sample collection, sample data recording and/or specimen preservation, photography, and individual team organization.
• Citizen scientists (registered participants from the general public) assisted team leaders in sample collection. Open to Adults and Children (ages 10+). An adult must accompany children. School and education youth-based groups are welcome to participate.
• Activity level: Easy – Moderate hiking on trails, roads, and open fields.
What are the benefits of a fungi BioBlitz?
• An overall greater understanding of the fungal diversity within CSNM
• A baseline for comparison studies of fungi species composition before and after
Potential benefits include:
• Knowledge of rare and sensitive species locations, including detailed habitat information;
• Discoveries of species new to science and endemic to CSNM;
• Expansions of known ranges for multiple fungi species in Oregon, including potential distinct and/or new species occurrences for the state.
BioBlitz 2016: Fungi
The National Conservation Land
Research Support Program
Image: Peter Schroeder