Botany

The Shoemaker Taxonomist

By Audrey Clark- Inside the eight-foot tall olive-green metal cabinet are stacks of black, sturdy shoeboxes. Inside these are small cardboard boxes decorated with Victorian-style script announcing that they contain the finest buttons and sewing needles. These little boxes hold hundreds of dried mushrooms with brittle, yellowed tags looped around them, labeled in the faded,… Continue reading The Shoemaker Taxonomist

Discoveries

Chicken of the Woods

by Becky Cushing Frog legs, rabbit, octopus, sea lamprey: Tastes just like chicken. But a mushroom? That might take some convincing. Purple toadstools dot moist ground. Tiny aliens emerge from rotting wood. A stalk shoots from leaf litter on the forest floor. Like Alice's Wonderland, the damp woods in and around Burlington are splattered with… Continue reading Chicken of the Woods