Walks in the Elfin Forest
9:30 a.m. – Fungus Foray – Mushrooms and More
Join fungophile Dennis Sheridan on a delightful
exploration of the Elfin Forest floor for fascinating
mushrooms such as wood bluetts, black elfin saddles,
earthstars, golden caps, boletes, and poisonous amanitas.
Dennis will take us on a trek to the lower oak grove next to
the bay to find these marvelous fungi. Bring a magnifying lens
and, if you have a mystery mushroom in your yard, bring a
sample for Dennis to identify. This is not a mushroom
collecting walk. All plants in the Elfin Forest are protected
by law. Only a very heavy rain will cancel the walk.
March 21, 9:30
a.m. – Insect Walk
Although we generally see just a few kinds of insects and
spiders while walking through the Elfin Forest, there are
dozens, perhaps hundreds of different species of arthropods
living in the Forest. Entomologist Dr. Norman Smith will
search every nook and cranny along the boardwalk for the Good,
Bad, and Ugly of these creatures. The importance and ecology
of our local insects will be discussed during the walk.
If you’d like to see the insects close up, bring a hand lens
or close-focusing binoculars
When and Where?
in the Elfin Forest begin at times stated above at the north end
(1100 block) of 15th Street off Santa Ysabel in Los Osos. Wear
comfortable shoes, long sleeves and pants to avoid poison oak
and mosquitoes. Park carefully, avoiding driveways and
mailboxes, and leave pets at home. The easy paced walks last
1-1/2 to 2 hours. For more information call (805) 528-0392.