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MCCD to present program about fungus

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – Find out what fungus is among us at McHenry County Conservation District’s “Biological Discoveries: Fungus” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 7 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road.

Scientists have been studying aspects of natural life on conservation district lands over the years. Plant ecologist Laurie Ryan will share some of the recent biological discoveries, studies and research by the district and discuss why biodiversity remains important.

Additionally, Patrick Leacock, adjunct curator in the botany department for the Field Museum, will share highlights of the common and rare fungi discovered over the past two years on MCCD properties.

He will include images and specimens found in McHenry County.

Participants also will take a walk to see some of the discoveries up close.

Registration is required by Thursday. The program is free for county residents and costs $6 for nonresidents. It is for those 14 and older.

Registration is accepted online at www.MCCDistrict.org, by phone at 815-479-5779 (for free programs only), mail or walk-in at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake.

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