Category: Stewardship

Attention Citizen Scientists!

August 31, 2019

The 2019 Fall Phenology Study Training schedule is set.

Classroom Trainings

Sunday September 29 with Jim Gorman at Story Chapel from 10:00 – 11:30am

or

Tuesday October 1 with Brooks Mathewson at Bigelow Chapel from 10:00 – 11:30am

Field Trainings

Monday September 30 with Jim Gorman from 10:00 – 11:30am
Meet at the Citizen Science Gatehouse

or

Wednesday October 2 with Brooks Mathewson from 10:00 – 11:30am
Meet at the Citizen Science Gatehouse

Please plan on attending 1 classroom and 1 field training

Current citizen scientists are encouraged to attend and new volunteers are welcome to join our community of discovery and science!

RSVP to Paul Kwiatkowski – Wildlife Conservation & Sustainability Manager

pkwiatkowski@mountauburn.org

Attention Citizen Scientists

January 31, 2019

Save the Dates!

Spring Phenology Study Training

Don’t stand on the sidelines. Get involved. You can do your part by observing and documenting nature under threat by climate disruption. Please attend one classroom and one field training to prepare for spring data collection.

Schedule

Phenophase ID Classroom Sessions:

Sunday March 3 from 10:00-11:30am at Story Chapel

or

Monday March 4 from 10:00-11:30am at Story Chapel

Field Training:

Sunday March 10 from 10:00-11:30am (meet at the Citizen Science Gatehouse)

or

Monday March 11 from 10:00-11:30am (meet at the Citizen Science Gatehouse)

Citizen Science Naturalist Program

Join our community of volunteers that have become well-trained research assistants and informal educators. Learn about the species we coexist with. From exceptional trainings, to fun field research opportunities, this program is for all nature lovers.

Schedule

Saturday March 2: Amphibians & Reptiles – from 2-4pm at Story Chapel

Saturday March 9: Insects – from 3-5pm at Story Chapel

Saturday March 16: Birds – from 3-5pm at Story Chapel

Saturday March 23: Intro to Plant ID – from 3-5pm at Story Chapel

Saturday March 30: Mammals – from 3-5pm at Story Chapel

Saturday April 6: Fungi – from 3-5pm at Story Chapel

Saturday April 13: Field Notes & Nature Photography – from 3-5pm at Bigelow Chapel

Saturday April 20: Informal Educators & iNaturalist app / Boston City Nature Challenge – from 3-5pm at Story Chapel

If you would like to participate, please contact:

Paul Kwiatkowski

Wildlife Conservation & Sustainability Manager

pkwiatkowski@mountauburn.org

617-607-1956

 

Citizen Science Mushroom ID Walk

October 20, 2018
On October 4, 2018 Ron Trial led a citizen science mushroom ID walk at Mount Auburn Cemetery.  Mr. Trial is a former president of the Boston Mycological Club.  He served the club from the late 1970’s through the early 1980’s and remains an enthusiast for collecting and identifying fungi.  Ron also volunteers at the greenhouse at Mount Auburn.

Several current citizen scientists, as well as some new faces met Ron on Laurel Avenue, where introductions, guidebooks, and collecting parameters where discussed before the group ventured into the woodland surrounding Consecration Dell.

Each participant brought along a basic mushroom survey kit, which included: a collecting basket, pocket knife, 10x lens, wax paper, and a smart phone for photos and ID assistance via apps such as the Rogers Mushrooms App.

The group spent the next ninety minutes carefully exploring the Dell and collecting fungi for identification.  Conditions have been excellent for fungi growth, due to the mild temperatures and the rainy end of summer and start to autumn.  As we strolled through the woodland, we carefully collected sixteen species of fungi.  Common and edible mushrooms, such as the Horse mushroom (Agaricus arvensis) and the Jelly Ear (Auricularia auricula-judae) were collected, as well as many that require additional study to ensure proper identification.  Ron explained to the group that even though he has many years of experience identifying fungi, he most likely would only be able to identify about 10 percent of the species we would see.  This is not uncommon for any avid mushroom hunter and it is why it is important to take your time and make use of guidebooks and apps when attempting to ID your discoveries.

Some of the most fun and interesting things we learned were the strange and interesting names often given to mushrooms.  The Angel of Death (Amanita ocreata) which is not found here (native to the Pacific Northwest) was a favorite.

We plan to offer more mushroom ID walks in the future and Ron plans to lead a fungi training for our Citizen Science Naturalist Program in 2019.