Join the Friends of the Delaware Canal on Sunday, April 27 for a “Discover Fungi Walk.” The 1-1/2-mile, roundtrip stroll along the canal towpath will begin at 2 p.m. at the Washington Crossing Historic Park entrance on Route 532 near the lagoon.
Fungi have a way of attracting attention. While walking along the Delaware Canal towpath, a visitor’s eye might be drawn to a ruffled tan blob clinging to the bark of a tree, then to a clump of small white caps popping up from the ground, and later to a spot of red nestled in leaves. All are fungi, and they are an important part of the ecology of the Delaware Canal.
Learn more about these mysterious organisms on the “Discover Fungi Walk.” Searching will be done both along the Canal towpath and on a nearby 28-acre wooded parcel that has become part of the Delaware Canal State Park. Mycologist Marion Kyde will lead the way to sometimes elusive fungi. “They come out when they want to,” states Kyde, who will explain what fungi are, what they do, and where they may be found.
Marion Kyde is a Ph.D in Mycology and has been a leader in local and regional conservation efforts for more than twenty years, especially in her home municipality, Tinicum Township. She is a knowledge and entertaining guide.
The “Discover Fungi Walk” is free, but donations to the Friends’ preservation and improvement efforts are always welcome.
For more information about this event and other Friends of the Delaware Canal activities, call 215-862-2021, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.fodc.org. The Friends of the Delaware Canal is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, maintenance and improvement of the Canal and its surroundings.