The Fungus Among US

October 1st, 2010 by Arboretum Education Supervisor, Patrick Mulligan

mushroom graphicThis past spring, the UWBG hosted the first ever bioblitz in Seattle.  A “bioblitz” is a biological scavenger hunt that aims to inventory all the various organisms living in a given area – the “blitz” part signifies that this inventory is taken within a short period of time.

There are several reasons why the UWBG aims to make bioblitzes a regularly occurring tradition:

  1. to better fulfill our mission of sustaining managed to natural ecosystems
  2. to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity in an urban environment
  3. to bridge the gap between the academic world and the every-day world by harnessing the power of citizen scientists.

During our first attempt, close to 400 different species of plants, birds, insects, spiders, lichens, mammals, reptiles and fungi were accounted for in the Washington Park Arboretum, a major branch of the UWBG.  Several groups predicted that that number would have been higher had the bioblitz taken place during a different time of year.  The fungi group, comprised primarily of Puget Sound Mycological Society members, was among the groups itching to come back during more suitable conditions (i.e. fall).

And so, the UWBG, in partnership with PSMS, and with support from the Arboretum Foundation gives you, Bioblitz:  Mushroom Edition, “The Fungus Among Us”.

  • When: Thursday, October, 28th
  • What time: 10am – 10pm; with 3 scheduled hunts & a public presentation from PSMS President, Marian Maxwell.
    • 10:15am – 12:30pm
    • 1:15pm – 3:00pm
    • 3:15pm – 5:30pm
    • Public Lecture: 6:30 – 7:30pm: “Mushroom Ecology” by Mariam Maxwell, PSMS President
  • Where: The Washington Park Arboretum, Graham Visitors Center
  • Who: Anyone & everyone, no experience necessary
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: Patrick Mulligan, WPA Education Supervisor, 206-616-3381,