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Thursday, August 16 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Think Like a Fungus: Mushrooms and their Roles in Rocky Mountain Ecosystems

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Symbiosis is just the beginning. Every wild thing in the forest or jungle depends on fungi to feed, protect, and digest it. Some mushrooms feed bears in springtime, others feed deer in August. Squirrels in the West rely on a diet of lichens and truffles. Fungi defend fir needles from inside, and dozens of species service the root needs of every tree. Rocky Mountain mushrooms are adapted to a "fire dependent" ecosystem, and a quarter of all ascomycete species here fruit only after a burn. Fungi are the masters of the soil ecosystem in the Rockies, and the loss of soil carbon and subsequent increase in wildfire are critical issues that few understand are connected. Human behavior unwittingly kills fungi, resulting in loss of water quality, moisture retention, and soil erosion.

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Larry Evans

Larry Evans is this guy from Missoula Montana who comes to Telluride and knows quite a bit about mushrooms. He has spent over 40 years looking for morels, and he usually finds them. He is a vastly underappreciated songwriter who was featured in a comedy documentary by famous Canadian... Read More →

Thursday August 16, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435