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Would you recognize this common bracket fungus when it first appears in late April or early May while it is a choice edible?
The photo to the right was taken nine days later...
February sunshine feels warm enough to make one dream of spring! In fact, plants begin to respond to the lengthening solar photoperiod and brighter skies in mid-February by coming out of winter dormancy. Is it any wonder that humans also notice the difference?
Backyardwilderness.com is proud to announce its schedule of events for 2013. Beginning Saturday, April 20 we will hold wild edible/medicinal walks every weekend, at various locations in central Vermont. Saturday walks will be led by Phil Brett and Sunday walks by Mike Ather. Each week the location will change, cycling through five different natural areas, McCrae Farm Park in Colchester, the Intervale river path in Burlington, Indian Brook Reservoir in Essex, Mud Pond Conservation Area in Williston, and Middlesex Notch in Middlesex, (near Montpelier,) then repeating the same cycle throughout the season. Each habitat offers an entirely different environment with unique trees and plants. By visiting the same areas every five weeks, plants, fungi and seasonal changes can be observed that would be missed on just one walk. This is especially true for mushrooms, which can come and go in just a matter of days!
The price for each walk is $20, but we are offering a discount to all who sign up by April 15. E-mail or call us today for full details!

The two photos above show the progressive growth of this beautiful polypore. Now do you recognize it? First person to e-mail us its correct identity wins one free 2013 wild edible walk!
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