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Members’ Only Outing – Fungi at High Lonesome with Jonathan Mack

Saturday October 9th; NO RAIN DATE

9:00 AM – approximately 12:00 PM (noon)

Meeting Location: At the entrance to High Lonesome Nature Reserve in Mississippi Mills on Carbine Road (off Barr Side Road).   There is no entrance fee to the High Lonesome Reserve non-for-profit but it would be lovely if people would consider a donation on their way in.  Please note that they have a public access policy which you should read before accepting to go.  It is found at https://mmlt.ca/public-access-policy/  and while they allow dogs, please no dogs for any MFNC outing.

(please note that there are no bathroom facilities)

Leaders:  Jonathan Mack

Jonathan is an amateur mycologist who has been interested in the identification of mushrooms for a bit more than 11 years now.  He is currently a student at Carleton University doing his Master thesis focusing on microfungi.  While microfungi are his main research area, he is quite capable of identifying many of the more typical mushrooms as well. He is also interested in most other organisms, with a preference for birds and insects (specifically moths).  Jonathan has provided his link for his iNaturalist account for anyone interested. https://www.inaturalist.org/people/jonathan_mack

This is about a two-hour walk.  The terrain is very hilly and there are some spots which are difficult to navigate if you have bad knees/hips etc.  This is not a place for those with difficulty on rigorous trails especially if it has been rainy.  (3.5 out of 5 difficulty rating). 

Please wear suitable footwear. While on your own you may be accustomed to wearing sandals on hikes, as a courtesy to the group, please do not risk a foot injury when on a group outing.) Please bring water to drink, and dress for the weather with long pants tucked into your socks (poison ivy and ticks).  Binoculars, a small mirror for looking under the fungi, a hand lens (small personal magnifying glass), and a camera is always a good idea if you have one.

Please also note that many locations we visit are in areas where picking flora of any kind is either not advisable or outright banned.  Please do not pick anything while on group outings as it could reflect poorly on the club as a whole.

A note about Covid:  Participant numbers will be restricted to allow for a safe outing so register early and only if you truly know you can come.  You may register yourself and anyone in your own household only.  Participation will be on a first come first registered basis.   Confirmation emails will be sent.

We will be maintaining physical distancing requirements.  Wearing of a non-medical mask is encouraged.   Please do not come if you are ill or have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid 19.  Notification of cancellation as soon as possible would be appreciated.

Register at events@mfnc.ca (please include your full name) no later than Thursday October 7th.  If you registered for last weekend, please let me know ASAP if you will attend.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.