The Science and Folklore of Plants and Fungi
We will conceptually travel from the Doctrine of Signatures to the scientific discoveries of the 21st century. Enjoying both the lore and science of the members of these living kingdoms, our goal is to find as many beautiful wildflowers and fungi as we can by visiting the most pristine preserves and diverse habitats. Autumn is the time of abundance for fungi. You will learn the names of common fungi and the essential role they play in the web of life. You will also learn how to become proficient in identifying wildflowers, and what the different field guides offer in terms of doing this. We will also discuss the origin and evolution of flowering plants including what they are evolving towards. As always, we will take advantage of any birds or other animals we encounter in our explorations of the natural areas in the county.
Don Quintenz has been teaching environmental education since 1967 and came to the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in 1981. He previously worked with the Milwaukee Public Schools as their environmental specialist for five years, and before that he was with the Wisconsin Humane Society for three years as their environmental educator and the Wisconsin DNR as a resource technician. He is currently the Senior Ecologist at Audubon. The skill Quintenz has that he cherishes the most is his ability to excite and fascinate people about the natural world because of his intimate familiarity with the native flora and fauna.
Charlotte Lukes has been studying Door County’s wild mushrooms since 1972 and has compiled a list of 570 species she has seen and identified. The Ridges Sanctuary was where she began her workshops and mushroom forays when her husband, Roy, was manager and chief naturalist there. She has presented mushroom slide programs in many parts of eastern Wisconsin. Charlotte has taught mushroom classes for nearly 40 years and leads frequent mushroom forays in the state parks of Door County. UW Green Bay has 147 of her mushroom species in their Biodiversity Center web site and she plans to add more over the next winter. She has taught many classes at Bjorklunden with her husband over the past 20 years.