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Slime Mold Field Walk
July 20 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMBy Donation
Saturday, July 20, 10-noon
North Branch Nature Center
This program is free with donation to the Bridgewater Hollow Bramhall Wilderness Preserve Project. No pre-registration required.
The slime molds are fruiting! These tiny predators hunt like amoebas, fruit like mushrooms, and come in a wide array of (astonishingly tiny) shapes and vibrant colors.
Join Shelby Perry on a field exploration of the basic life cycle of myxomycetes (slime molds) and learn how a creeping plasmodium forms a myxocarp, how to find and identify a handful of common local species, and learn a bunch of neat new vocabulary words like plasmodium, columella, aethalium, and plasmodiocarp. It will be less slimy –and more fun– than you think! Hand lens or macro lens recommended. Dress to be outside.
Instructor Bio: Shelby Perry is the Stewardship Director at Northeast Wilderness Trust, and an avid myxomycete enthusiast. She is a graduate of UVM’s Field Naturalist Program and has been putting on programs educating people about the surprising charisma of these uncharismatic microfauna since she completed her Masters in 2016. Her love of myxos began when she was completing an ecological inventory of 15,000 acres of forest land in central VT and slime molds were the only thing she found that totally stumped her. She has devoted (perhaps too much of) her free time since to figuring out what they are, which turned out to be a much more difficult question to answer than she anticipated. She is grateful to be able to work at a land trust dedicated to protecting old and complex forests, which are excellent slime mold habitats!