USFS biologist Helen Lau will give a lecture on fungi at the Hal Holmes Center.

Every fall season, a carpet of mystical life forms can be found beneath our feet but most of us don’t know very much about fungi.

An enlightening and educational program brought to you by Kittitas Audubon and the Ellensburg Library will be open to the public on Nov. 21 at the Hal Holmes Center, according to a news release.

Helen Lau will introduce the audience to the secret life of fungi and discuss some of their ecological functions. She will share images of some of our most common local fungi and common edible fungi as well as their look-a-likes.

Lau is a botanist for the US Forest Service at the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. She manages the rare botanical species (plants, lichens, bryophytes and fungi), native plant restoration and invasive plant program on the Cle Elum Ranger District.

Lau’s research interests are in fungi biodiversity and she received an undergraduate degree at Evergreen State College and her master’s degree on mycorrhizae ecology in the Biological Sciences Department at Central Washington University.


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