Hunting for Wintertime Fungi in Sonoma County | Bay Area Bountiful
When winter rains fall, life that was dormant underground begins to make its appearance. Mushrooms pop up all over our region – from the forest floor to your own backyard! In this story, we followed a group of Sonoma State University students and community naturalists as they identified and collected fungi during a guided mushroom blitz at Osborn Preserve in Penngrove, Sonoma County. The blitz was led by Dr. Melina Kozanitas, a postdoctoral researcher who studies fire, plant pathogens, and mycology. Explore the fascinating world of fungi on Bay Area Bountiful.
Produced by Chelsea Wood and Isabel Fischer
Special Thanks to
Dr. Melina Kozanitas
Osborn Preserve & Center for Environmental Inquiry
Kerry Wininger
Makayla Freed
Raquel Guevara-Bolaños
Jesica Rodriguez
Sage Harmon
Roxane Grechman
Adrienne Grechman
Nikki Zecerri
Ellyse Cappellano
Victoria Brunal
Emily Ledford
Hale Garcia-Dean
Jess Schmieg
Tiffany Ko
John Skanscomiz
Photos of hyphae by
Laurel Fan / Wikimedia Commons
André-Ph. D. Picard / Wikimedia Commons

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