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Mushroom BioBlitz planned at Pipestone National Monument

All are invited to be a citizen scientist for a day, to help park rangers and other fungal enthusiasts find and photograph fungi throughout the park.

Stock image of mushrooms by Andrew Ridley on Unsplash.
Stock image of mushrooms by Andrew Ridley on Unsplash.
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PIPESTONE — A Mushroom (and other Fungi) BioBlitz is planned Oct. 15, at Pipestone National Monument.

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All are invited to be a citizen scientist for a day, to help park rangers and other fungal enthusiasts find and photograph fungi throughout the park. Participants will learn about Minnesota's mushrooms and have a chance to explore parts of the park rarely seen by visitors.

Meet at the Visitor Center at 8:45 a.m. for a brief introductory talk before the group heads out to explore. Use a phone to photograph what you see and upload observations to iNaturalist to help park biologists better understand fungal communities within the monument. The event will run from 9 to 11 a.m.

It is helpful to download the free iNaturalist app before the visit. This is an outdoor, off-trail event so please dress accordingly. The event is appropriate for all ages and is free and open to the public — no experience necessary.

For more information, call (507) 825-5464 ext. 214 or visit the park website at nps.gov/pipe . Event details and program schedules will be posted on the park Facebook page at facebook.com/PipestoneNPS .

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