Mushroom Foraging Workshop #5 Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest & Farmland Center Fee: $25
One month to go! The Vermont wild edible mushroom season is soon coming to an end. Ian Vair, local mushroom expert and chef, leads this year’s 5th mushroom foraging expedition. Hen of the Woods, Giant Puffballs, Oysters, Blewits and Lions Mane mushrooms will all be on the list of possible finds. “Pound for pound my best yielding months are always September and October.” Ian will begin the foraging adventure with a discussion focusing on safety, understanding field guides, types of fungus and the identification process. Join our workshop to gain knowledge, skills, friends and a memorable experience!
(Your-Not-So-Basic) Bird Walk Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am Location: Merck Forest and Farmland Center Fee: $30
The Bird Diva will lead this bird walk, but don’t expect her to play the stereotypical bird guide. This workshop is about empowering you as a birder and having a darn good time while doing so. Remember to bring water, binoculars and/or camera, wear comfortable walking shoes and of course protect yourself from flying and crawling insects. Space is limited; pre-registration is required.
Antarctica: The Ice, Climate Science, and War Stories from Twelve Trips to “The Ice” Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door
Travel to the Antarctic with us and explore the high plateaus, the Dry Valleys, and South Pole. This presentation will include several slides of the region, in addition to some stunning, giant satellite photographs. “War stories” will be shared about various research projects and harrowing conditions resulting in cold people, storms, giant crevasses and a plane stuck in a crevasse.
Mushroom Foraging Workshop #6 Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest & Farmland Center Fee: $25
This year’s last and possibly greatest mushroom foraging event. Hen of the Woods, Oysters, Blewits and Bears Head Tooth mushrooms will all be on the agenda. Ian Vair, local mushroom expert and chef, leads the workshop with high hopes of abundant finds. The experience will begin with education about safety, understanding field guides, types of fungus and the identification process. Culinary and medicinal applications will also be discussed. “The culinary possibilities using wild mushrooms is endless.” Join our last foraging adventure of 2019. Let’s finish the season with a giant yield of gourmet wild edible mushrooms!
Pseudoscience: The Psychology of False Beliefs Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door
Pseudoscience is, by definition, an activity that is being falsely presented as science. Prevagen is “clinically shown” to restore memory loss – and is being sued for false advertising. The vaccine crisis began with a real scientist who falsified his data. And 44% of 18-24-year-olds say that astrology is somewhat or very scientific. Our beliefs are mostly rational – but they are subject to our cognitive biases and mental shortcuts that, while usually helpful, can nevertheless fail us. How do such things as motivated reasoning, logical fallacies, and the confirmation bias misdirect our intelligent evaluation of evidence?