* Monday, October 18th, 7PM to 9PM. Plants That Eat Truffles for Lunch! Dan Luoma will discuss a group of fascinating plants that have gourmet dietary preferences. Interactions between forest plants and their associated beneficial root fungi provide the broader context for this talk. He will give special attention to those plants without chlorophyll that depend on truffle-forming fungi to meet their nutritional needs. Dan is a retired professor of forest mycology who continues to collaborate with the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society and the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University. This talk is cosponsored with Cascade Mycological Society. The zoom link for the program is: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83952881311
* Sunday, October 10th, 2PM to 4PM. The Trees on the University of Oregon Campus. Led by Whitey Lueck. When visiting the tree-filled campus of the University of Oregon these days, it’s hard to believe that in 1876—the year the university was founded—the university’s first building was surrounded by a treeless expanse. In this two-hour tour, we’ll visit some of the most impressive trees in the campus’s collection, including trees native to this area, as well as species from every other continent where trees grow. Meet by the Pioneer Mother Statue base (the actual statue has been removed) in the quad between Johnson and Gerlinger halls on central campus (west of the EMU). We are limiting the trip to nine participants and we ask that you please wear a mask for this tour to comply with state mandates. Sign up here.