First Annual (2015) Steffan-Raffa trip to UW Kemp Natural Resources Station

The breakfast table was a real feast each morning! Pictured (at half the table) are Elizabeth, Michael, Jeremy, Mike, Prarthana, and Maria.

The breakfast table was a real feast each morning! Pictured (at half the table) are Elizabeth, Michael, Jeremy, Mike, Prarthana, and Maria.

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Close-up of a Sarracenia pitcher in fall plumage (photo courtesy Maria Chavez).

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Wild patches of Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberries!) growing out of moss patches in Jyme Lake.

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Cranberry uprights growing out of half-submerged sphagnum moss.

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Maria Chavez (left) and Prarthana Dharampal (right) working to extricate a large cluster of Sarracenia and sphagnum moss, without getting too wet.

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Waxy cap mushroom growing out of sphagnum moss, with ever-present cranberry vines.

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They got it…large sample of pitcher plants, cranberries, sedge, and moss. Jyme Lake in background.

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Walking back through the forest, many tiny funnel-cap mushrooms observed growing out of moist forest understory.

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Insects feeding on a resinous polypore shelf fungus. Beetle larvae can be found within the dark brown oval-shaped galleries that closely follow the mushroom’s rings.

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Common puffball (matured, lower left) and immature puffball (white, upper right).

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Darkening (ripening) puffballs in the spotlight.

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Wolf’s Milk Slime Mold. Purplish-pink fruiting bodies

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A denizen of the forest, the Tawny Grisette, in the spotlight of a sunny patch.

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Underside of Grisette mushroom cap being fed upon by two other forest denizens: a gastropod and a case-bearing moth.

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‘Turkey tail’ shelf fungi.

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Mushroom fed upon by a squirrel. We saw a red squirrel pull off a chunk and eat it like a piece of pizza. Never knew that squirrels liked to eat fungi!

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Another mushroom fed upon by a squirrel.

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Leisurely canoe ride with Janet van Zoeren, Sadie, and Maria Chavez, on Lake Tomahawk. Ken Raffa kayaking in background.