Friday, November 30, 2012

Bird's Nest Fungi

It's that time of the year again. That time when the leaves fall off the trees, the temperature drops, and it rains, rains, rains. All these things make the perfect conditions for fungi to grow. You know, those creatures that are not quite plant, and not quite animal, that do an amazing job at decay. They are around us everywhere: in the soil, in the air, and in the water. Only when they fruit, do we get to see the diversity of their forms. Gerry found one in the bog the other day.

These fungi are called bird's nest fungi. As you can see, they look like nests made by little tiny birds with several little eggs inside.  The scientific name of this one is Nidula candida. They grow on twigs on the ground. The scientific name for an 'egg' is a peridiole. Inside each peridiole is thousands of spores. The spores get dispersed by having the eggs fly out when water splashes into the cup. Thanks for the pictures Gerry!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Name That Fungus

Hi Crazy Boggers:
    It looks like the weather is going to cooperate for Saturday. We may even get a little sunshine! 
    The water level is even higher than it was two weeks ago. That is good for the bog but more difficult for us to get into many areas. We will continue to remove patches of polytrichum and lower areas in preparation for planting and there is always weeding to be done.
    The attached pictures of the Lipstick Cladonia Lichen were taken at the foot of the Saskatoon Berry Tree last week.  Who can name the growth in front of the lichen?
    See you all on Saturday.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Misty bog
 We had another successful work party this past Saturday with 22 enthusiastic volunteers in attendance. They did a great job of removing what seemed like "tons" of polytrichum. The sphagnum mosses will now have a better chance of survival!
    Thanks to the representatives from ECHO and the family from Emily Carr U. who joined our work party. I believe it is the first time we had 6 year old twins girls volunteering. They did a great job of separating the sphagnum mosses from the polytrichum.
    Unfortunately the weatherman does not want to cooperate this coming Saturday but hopefully the weather will be better the following Saturday.
    Laurence sent me the attached great photos taken early Thursday morning with the following caption:
    " Many of the trees and bushes were covered by spider webs. These were covered by dew drops and glistened as the sun beams shone through the mist. What a beautiful place!"
See you all next week.

spider web on blueberry

Thursday, November 15, 2012