Friday, November 7, 2014

Bracket Fungus Study

We studied mushrooms last week during our Friday nature time.  At first we weren't sure we'd find many as it has gotten quite cold out, but as we searched we found quite a few different kinds.

Today we studied Bracket Fungus, inspired by Barb at Handbook of Nature Study.  We read the section on Bracket Fungi in The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock, (pp721-724 in my edition).  Then we went out searching our woods for bracket fungi collecting and photographing them as we went.  Finally we came in and drew in our nature notebooks some of the wonderful specimens we found.  Here is a link to a gallery of bracket and crust fungi.

Following are our journal entries and a few of our photos. 

J age 9 Bracket Fungi on a tree trunk

S. age 15

This fungus was growing on a piece of birch bark....  S age 15 did a lovely job of capturing it.

Sorry I couldn't get my entry turned....

R. age 11

underside of bracket fungus

 If you view this picture up close you can see the tiny openings....