Photo caption: This mushroom, Lactarius thyinos, grows exclusively with balsam fir, a tree of the boreal forest. (Submitted photo)
Three forest types cover northwestern Wisconsin, with each variety bringing its own mushroom life. But the collision of the three forests creates an environment for some of the widest fungal diversity in North America.
Why are these mushrooms here and nowhere else? Some species are so locally limited, they can only be found where there is a narrow band of overlap from the lobes of different types of woodland.
On Oct. 28, Tavis Lynch, a field mycologist for the Wisconsin Mycological Society and a general mushroom enthusiast, will provide an overview of fungal diversity in the Northwoods during the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Barron County “Thursdays at the U” lecture. The presentation will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus.
"I have spent the past 10 years researching the mushrooms and other fungi of the forest collision in northwestern Wisconsin," Lynch says. "It has been the most rewarding work I have done to date. The mushrooms are wildly diverse, but the greatest part is the silence I find in the large forests."
Lynch has written three books on the topic and teaches classes throughout the Upper Midwest.
Please note: At all UW-Eau Claire campuses, everyone is required to wear a mask indoors, including presenters.
The “Thursdays at the U” weekly series is free and open to the public thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation.
For more information about the series, contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at email@example.com.