Meetings for 2018-2019
Monday, October 22, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Jan Thornhill
Presentation: From Flying Squirrels to Nematodes: Fungi-Animal Connections
There are myriad relationships between fungi and animals that go way beyond members of our own species' foraging for them for food. A plethora of other creatures also feast on fungi, ranging from minute fungus-gnat larvae, to gluttonous slugs, to honey-mushroom-thieving deer. Many fungi also depend on animals to aid in the dispersal of their spores, including parasitic Cordyceps species that practice "mind control" on ants. And what kind of world would it be without the thousands of species whose business it is to recycle dung?
Jan Thornhill has been studying the plethora of amazing fungi she finds around her home near Havelock for more than 25 years. Though she is not beyond eating the choice ones, she is much more interested in fungal diversity, ecology, and collecting the weird and wonderful, all of which she obsessively photographs, catalogues, and preserves. For the past several of years, she has also been writing about her favourite oddities on her blog: https://weirdandwonderfulwildmushrooms.blogspot.ca.
Jan is also a multi-award-winning writer and illustrator of science- and nature-based children’s books, some of which she will have for sale, including her most recent title, The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow, a companion volume to The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk.
Updated September 4th 2018