The great mushroom BioBlitz 2017!

 Bruce Peninsula National Park, September 18th to the 24th

Come CELEBRATE with us! Join Parks Canada BioBlitz events from coast-to-coast-to-coast as we mark Canada’s 150th birthday. This BioBlitz is part of Parks Canada’s contribution to the nation-wide festivities in 2017.  All Parks Canada BioBlitz events help protect Parks Canada's heritage places, though biodiversity discovery and experiences for Canadians to connect to these places.

This year, Bruce Peninsula National Park is teaming up with local fungi experts, culinary gurus, artists, and wild mushroom enthusiasts to celebrate (and count) everything FUNGI!  The week will host daily films, guided walks, activities, workshops, and presentations and will ultimately result in the first ever fungi inventory for Bruce Peninsula National Park.  

Whether you’re a seasoned naturalist or simply looking to explore the park and learn more about this fascinating kingdom, there is something for you! 

If you have a mobile device such as an iphone or ipad please bring it along and download the free app “iNaturalist” beforehand.  This app will be the principle tool used during the bioblitz to record and track species during the event.  For more information on “iNaturalist” visit www.iNaturalist.ca.  You can also join the Bruce Peninsula National Park 2017 Bioblitz listed on the site.  If you don’t have a mobile device, feel free to bring along your own field guides.  

Collecting

Under the National Parks Act it is illegal to disturb or collect any plants, animals, rocks, shells or artifacts. By complying with this regulation you will be helping to preserve Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park for future visitors.

Special guests

Richard Aaron
Introduction to fungi Evening presentation
Friday, September 22th
7:00 p.m. – Parks Canada Visitor Centre

The good, the bad, and the just plain weird This talk will explore the strange and unusual world of macrofungi and their role in the environment, including those that are useful, poisonous or destructive and just plain weird.  

Richard will also be conducting a week long fungi survey resulting in the parks first ever complete fungi inventory.

Richard Aaron is a seasoned naturalist who has been interested in mushrooms and other fungi for over 20 years. He has given walks, talks and workshops for more than 80 organizations including naturalist clubs, nature festivals, provincial and national parks, and universities. Some of his other interests include wildflowers, trees, birds, dragonflies, moths and biomimicry.

Amy Proulx
Ethical and Sustainable Mushroom foraging – Evening presentation
Thursday, September 21st
7:00 p.m.  – Parks Canada Visitor Centre Theatre


Mmmm Mushrooms! Culinary Demonstration
Saturday, September 23th
7:00 p.m. – Parks Canada Visitor Centre theatre – Space is limited.

Dr. Amy Proulx works at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College, where she is Professor and Academic Coordinator of the Culinary Innovation and Food Technology program.  She teaches food product development and food safety management, and is the Lead Scientist at Niagara College's national Technology Access Centre for the food manufacturing industry.  And after work, Amy is found wandering through the Carolinian forest at her home, foraging mushrooms and forest plants for local restaurants.  Teaching responsible and creative foraging is one her favourite ways to connect people to the forest.

Hillary Clermont
Fungi and First Nations perspective – Guided hike
Sunday, September 24
9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Meet at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre

Hillary and Drew started Fungi Unveiled based on a love of wild edible foraging and a mission to educate the public about the endless benefits of fungi in our ecosystems. Fungi maintain a delicate balance within our everyday lives and they plan to show you how! Since the incubation of Fungi Unveiled Hillary and Drew have worked closely with the Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Bioblitz and have been featured in the “Biodiversity: Mushrooms of Toronto” booklet series.

During this hike Hillary will also be touching on indigenous knowledge and the utilization of mushrooms and fungi within Ontario.

Jenna McGuire
How to Draw Mushrooms! – Workshop
Wednesday September 20th
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. – Parks Canada Visitor Centre lobby – Limited to 18 participants.
Please contact Jenna McGuire at Jenna.McGuire@pc.gc.ca to register.

Spend the evening learning tricks and tips for illustrating and painting mushrooms.  Our staff illustrator/designer will show you key identification features to include, basic watercolour techniques and some tips for sketching in the field.  We will have some supplies on hand or bring your own if you have them!

Jenna McGuire works at Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park as a graphic designer and illustrator.  She has worked at the park for over a decade doing everything from interpretation to science.  She has an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph and a graduate certificate in Scientific Illustration from California State University.

Canadian Agricultural Museum
The Ecology and Study of Fungi Hike
Wednesday, September 20th
9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. – Meet at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre.

Join park staff and scientists from the National Herbarium as we hike through a hardwood forest to learn about why fungi are so important to park ecosystems and how scientists study fungi.  

Schedule

Full events listings

Daily (September 18th to 24th)

Fungi film in Visitor Center theatre  - 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Fungi discovery table – Visitor Centre lobby   
Fungi Family Adventure Kits. Kits developed for family and novice naturalists to explore mushrooms and mushroom Identification. Includes activities and tools for ID

Monday, September 18th

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Fungi Film in Theatre
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Fungi discovery table in Visitor Centre lobby
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Fungi introductory hike – Visitor Center (Burnt Point Loop)

Tuesday, September 19th

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Fungi Film in theatre
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Fungi discovery table in Visitor Centre lobby
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Fungi introductory hike - Visitor Centre (Burnt Point Loop)

Wednesday, September 20th

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – The Study and Ecology of Fungi, Guide Hike - Meet at the Visitor Centre
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Fungi Film in theatre
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Fungi discovery table in Visitor Centre lobby
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – How to draw mushrooms! Workshop – Jenna McGuire

Thursday, September 21st

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Fungi Film in theatre
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Fungi discovery table in Visitor Centre lobby
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Fungi introductory hike  – Visitor Centre (Burnt Point Loop)
7:00 p.m. – Sustainable and ethical mushroom harvesting - Theatre Presentation– Amy Proulx

Friday, September , 22nd

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Fungi Film in theatre
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Fungi discovery table in Visitor Centre lobby
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Fungi introductory hike – Visitor Centre (Burnt Point Loop)
7:00 p.m.  – The good, the bad, and the just plain weird – theatre presentation – Richard Aaron

Saturday, September 23rd

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Introductory guided Fungi hike
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Fungi Film in Theatre
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Fungi discovery table in Visitor Centre lobby
7:00 p.m.  – Ethical and sustainable harvesting and Mushroom Culinary Demonstration and tasting – Amy Proulx – Visitor Centre Theatre

Sunday, September 24th

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – First Nations guided walk - fungus and traditional knowledge – Hillary Clermont – Meet at the Visitor Centre 
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Fungi Film in Theatre
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Fungi discovery table in Visitor Centre lobby


For more information please email or call Dan Simard 
Phone – 519-596-2233 EXT. 234 
Dan.Simard@pc.gc.ca